Course Offerings for Spring 2018

HIST 801: America Interpreted

An introductory graduate readings course in American historiography. The class examines the leading schools of historical opinion from the founding of American society through the modern era.

HIST 803: Historical Methods

This course will introduce graduate students to the history profession and to the tools and methods used by historians.

HIST 848-01 Community History

This course is designed to meet two goals: to teach students to think critically about the production, consumption, and transmission of local and community-level history, and to prepare them to become public scholars in their communities. It will teach students to conduct local historical research and to present that research and knowledge to public audiences. But more importantly, it will challenge them to critically consider local historical memory and notions of “heritage,” how people construct a sense of identity and place in their communities, how historical knowledge shapes civic engagement, and how people have used history at the local level to influence power relations. Course assignments encourage students to contextualize local historical events, conduct local historical research, envision how to lead their own communities to become more inclusive and comprehensive in their historical interpretation, and write for public audiences. 

HIST 848-02 US in Cold War Era

This course explores the history of the United States in the Cold War period from 1945 to 1990. We will take a chronological approach through the decades following World War II as well as a thematic and historiographical approach. Political, social and cultural interpretations of this history include racial, gender and class analysis with a focus on the social construction of both femininities and masculinities in the 20th century.

HIST 848-03 Great Depression

HIST 848: The Great Depression will explore the origins and impact of the Great Depression in the United States. Particular emphasis will be placed on the legacy of the FDR presidency and the New Deal. Students will read classic and recent publications that examine the Great Depression through economic, political, racial, class, regional, social and international lenses.

HIST 848-04 Colonial America

This online graduate course is an introduction to the field of colonial American history. Over the course of the semester, we will read foundational works in the field and consider how historians have gradually expanded the definition of colonial America to include new peoples, places, and subjects. After examining the work of the influential Consensus historian Perry Miller and one of his students, Bernard Bailyn, we will turn to three different subfields: histories of African American slavery, accounts of Native-European encounters, and histories of gender in colonial America. Assignments will consist of two book reviews, an audio presentation in Canvas, and a final historiographical essay based on online articles from academic journals in the field. 

HIST 848-05 Progressive Era

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to a broad range of the scholarly literature on the Progressive Era. Readings have been chosen because of their importance in shaping thought on a subject related to the history of the Progressive Era, or they are important for other reasons.

HIST 848-06 Civil War

HIST 849-01 Vikings

The purpose of this section of History 849 is to acquaint students with the history of the Vikings. The Vikings are popularly depicted as barbarians who rampaged across Europe causing massive social upheaval. However, they were also artists, poets, and merchants who explored and settled in areas throughout Europe and the North Atlantic. Students will analyze and discuss issues such as the nature of Vikings society and government, the nature of Viking raids, and the impact of Viking expansion both upon the Vikings’ homeland in Scandinavia and upon the rest of Europe. These readings and discussions will provide students with a strong foundation for future research in Viking era history.

HIST 849-02 Comparative Communism

This course will compare issues relating to the theory and practice of Marxist regimes.  We will use policies as developed in the Soviet Union as our basis for comparison, focusing on the cult of personality, persuasion and culture vs violence and repression, and policies directed at the peasants and at women.  In the process, we will also consider the balance in each country between ideology, pragmatic political considerations, and historical traditions as well as the ability of ordinary citizens to influence policy. Then each student will choose another communist country to research and will write a 20-25 page paper comparing the application of any one of those policies in that country and in the Soviet Union.  During the second part of the semester, students will share articles on their chosen country’s policies with colleagues. 

HIST 849-03 19th Century European History

19th Century Europe covers the long century between the outbreak of the French Revolution in 1789 and the outbreak of World War I in 1914.  The course emphasizes the revolutionary changes that created the modern era in Europe.  The topics covered include: the French Revolution & Napoleonic Wars, The Congress of Vienna, The Industrial Revolution, the Rise of Liberalism, Socialism, and Nationalism, the Revolutions of 1848, the Wars of Unification (Italy & Germany), The Second Industrial Revolution, Social & Political Change, the New Imperialism, and Great Power Diplomacy.

HIST 868P Digital History

HIST 875 Internship in History

Emphasizes the professional development of the student in the area of the student's professional interest.

HIST 894: Introduction to Thesis

Prereq: HIST 801 and HIST 803 and admission to the MA History program

A required course for graduate students pursuing the thesis option. Prepares students to conduct primary research, construct historical arguments, identify historiographical patterns, and begin the writing process.

HIST 896: Thesis

Independent study course directed by a history graduate faculty member for students who are approved to pursue the thesis option.

HIST 899: Directed Readings, 1-3 hours

Independent readings on advanced history topics. Readings to be selected and directed by a history graduate faculty member. A 3 credit hour Directed Readings course is required for students pursuing the thesis option.