Course Offerings for Spring 2017

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 848-02 Readings in American History: Museum & Hist Site Interpretation

The course will introduce students to the theory and practice of historic interpretation at historic sites and museums. Using readings, assignments, peer review, site visits, and discussion boards, students will learn about crafting high quality interpretive narratives grounded in sound scholarship while obtaining usable skills for the public history profession. Students will be exposed to literature that introduces them to the philosophy of interpretation as well as provides them with practical case studies and exercises that will prepare them for work in the field.

HIST 848-03 Readings in American History: 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 848-04 Readings in American History: Hist of Science & Technology

This course surveys the social, political, economic, and cultural histories of technologies and science in the modern era. Science and Technology will explore readings and topics that situate both fields into larger international and global exchanges. By examining the dynamic relationships between science, technology, and society, this course will provide students with a deeper understanding of how these histories intersect with other sub-specialties such as medicine and health history as well as military, foreign relations, and environmental and agricultural histories. Science and Technology will also introduce you to the most influential monographs and scholars of both fields as well as the newer works.

HIST 848-05 Readings in American History: Plains Indians

This course is an introduction to recent, influential work in Plains Indian history. Readings span the length of the Great Plains, from the Texas borderlands to the U.S.-Canada border; multiple centuries, from the 1200s to the present day; and different methodological approaches, including environmental history, relations of gender, material cultures, and public memory. Throughout the semester, we will explore core questions in the field as well as the terrain between history and other disciplines, including archaeology, art, and the natural sciences. 

HIST 848-06 Readings in American History: 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 848-07 Readings in American History: Constitutional History

An on-line graduate reading and research course. Through assigned readings, written reviews, research papers, and group discussions, students will explore critical issues in American Constitutional History. Special attention will be devoted to the development of the U.S. Constitution and the ongoing historiographic debate about its origins, nature, and continuing influence. Additional attention will focus on critical constitutional questions and Supreme Court decisions throughout American history.

HIST 848-08 Readings in American History: US Mexico Borderlands

The study of borderlands history has experienced a renaissance of sorts in the past twenty years. Though covering all major advances in the field is nearly impossible in one semester, this course will provide a launching point into the diverse approaches, arguments and topics in borderlands history. Slight detours will be taken into literature, anthropology, folklore, and popular culture to demonstrate the dynamic character of borderlands studies. Readings in this course will reflect the diversity of the topic and advance the theoretical arguments or positions that provide ample ground for discussion. We will use the borderlands lens to address various questions of conquest, labor, social change, race and gender relations, immigration, and others. Although our geographic focus will be on the greater U.S.-Mexican border, we will spend some time looking at other borders as well as “borderless” (or “pre-border”) places.

HIST 849-01 Readings in World History: Age of Enlightenment

This class will acquaint students with the history of the Age of the Enlightenment. The Enlightenment was an intellectual movement that spread throughout Europe and its colonies during the 1700s. Based upon the premise that all men possessed reason and would organize the world in a rational manner, the Enlightenment posed significant challenges to the status quo. For Europeans living during the eighteenth century, this period brought profound changes in the organization of societies, economies, militaries, and political and religious systems. Students will analyze and discuss Europe during the eighteenth century to investigate the nature of the Enlightenment and its impact throughout Europe.

HIST 849-02 Readings in World History: Medieval Europe

This class surveys the most important political, military, social, religious (popular, heretical and orthodox) movements in the high and late middle ages in Europe. Students will read a series of monographs, articles, novels, and memoirs.

HIST 849-03 Readings in World History: World War I

This online course will cover the history of World War I from its root causes in the nineteenth century until the Paris Peace Conference, and beyond. During the term the major political, social, economic, cultural, and military aspects of the war will be explored in order to allow the student to understand how the Great War came to be such a significant event in the early twentieth century, and the ways in which it continued to cast a shadow long after the guns fell silent.

HIST 849-04 Readings in World History: Nazi Germany

Nazi Germany covers the tumultuous years 1933-1945, when the Nazi Party seized power in Germany, facilitated a World War, and attempted to systematically annihilate the Jewish population of Europe, and other minorities. The topics covered include: the rise of the Nazi Party in Weimar Germany, the Nazi seizure of Power, the consolidation of Nazi power in Germany, the systems of coercion and consent in Nazi Germany, the evolution of Nazi anti-Jewish policies, the origins of the Final Solution, and patterns of resistance and dissent in the Third Reich.

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.