Fall 2017 Course Offerings

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: Gilded Age

HIST 848-02: Oral History

HIST 848-03: Native American

HIST 848-04: World War II

HIST 848-05: Women's History

This readings course is both a chronological and historiographical study of women in American history from the colonial period to the present. Readings will focus on the political, economic and social complexities in women’s lives and how these factors have changed over time. In order to study women in relationship to politics and the economy, we will broaden the meaning of both concepts so that they include women’s experience. We will also consider the concept of intersectionality and how women’s experiences differ by gender, race, class and other dimensions of inequality. Discussions throughout the course, furthermore, will focus on the way historians have rediscovered and written women back into the historical narrative and how this history has reshaped our understanding of America.

HIST 848-06: Agricultural History

HIST 849-01: Byzantine World

This course is a broad survey of the main political, military and religious features of the Byzantine Empire from roughly 330 to the fall of Constantinople in 1453. The course will be run largely through discussion boards and three ten-page unit essays. The main readings for each week are supplemented by three primary sources in translation to help students better understand the periods that we will be moving through rather quickly.

HIST 849-02: Reformation

HIST 849-04: Europe After 1945

The history of the postwar period in Europe has changed dramatically over the last quarter century.  The end of the Cold War brought an end to the era that began with the defeat of Nazi Germany in 1945 and prompted a consideration of the postwar period outside the context of superpower domination. The fall of the Soviet Union and the reunification of Germany made it possible to think about the period from the 1940s to the 2000s with a greater sense of historical distance. Developments after 1990 brought issues to the fore that had been obscured by Cold War era politics.  A new generation of historians turned their attention to a variety of new subjects: gender, identity, culture, youth, post-colonialism, immigration, and the environment.  Problems and success related to European integration, the resurgence of nationalism in Eastern Europe, and the rise of xenophobic right-wing movements in Western Europe have shifted the focus of postwar scholarship toward a new set of contradictions and dilemmas.  Most importantly, the opening of the archives of the former Soviet Bloc countries, and the greater availability of archival material in Western archives related to the 1940s and 1950s, has allowed historians to reexamine conventional interpretations, and have drawn a growing number of researchers to the field.

The purpose of this course is to introduce graduate students to the best and most controversial recent historical writing on postwar Europe.  The goal is to offer an overview of the period with an emphasis on a few key issues that have sustained recent scholarly interest.  We will examine how old questions are being written about today and we will have an opportunity to analyze new and old historiographical questions in depth.  

HIST 849-05: Gender & War

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.