Courses

HIST 601 Seminar in Research Methods for Historians (3)
This required course provides grounding in the following areas: Genres of historical writing, bibliographical search methods, libraries and archives, non-written sources, oral history, electronic sources, auxiliary disciplines, source criticism and historical criticism, quantitative methods for historians, editing, documentation of sources, reviewing books and articles.

HIST 602 Historiography (3)
This required course surveys the history of historical writing from the ancient Greeks to post-modern historians, focusing on the contributions of major historians and historical schools of thought.

HIST 603 Atlantic World (3)
This required course explores the historiography of the Atlantic World (a distinct historiography) as well as the history of the regions contributing to the Atlantic World. It also may explore the themes that connect the regions together to create the Atlantic World.

HIST 610 Seminar in European History (3)
This semester-long seminar will explore in depth the major events of an area of modern European history which will vary from year to year. There will be common readings as well as a study of current works and trends in the period under study. Fluency in a modern foreign language is not required, but if a student's research interest is continental, then knowledge beyond the introductory level is recommended.

HIST 611 Seminar in United States History (3)
This semester-long course fulfills the area requirement and will explore in depth various seminal events and concepts important to the history of the United States. Specific topics or themes will vary from semester to semester. Discussion of common readings will be part of this course.

HIST 612 Seminar in the History of Africa and the African Diaspora (3)
This semester-long course fulfills the area requirement and will pursue a thematic approach to the role of Africa and the African Diaspora in the Atlantic world. Themes may include the impact of Diaspora Africans in the Americas, the forced migration of Africans in the slave trade, the development of African cultures, the expansion of European power in Africa and Asia, and the impact of industrialization on the ending of the slave trade and on new European imperialist projects in Africa.

HIST 613 Seminar in Latin American History (3)
This semester-long seminar will explore the major trends and transitions in Latin American history from the pre-Columbian period through the twentieth century. Students will also explore the major schools of Latin American historiography in order to understand how research in the field has changed and shifted. Students do not have to have knowledge of Spanish to take this course; however, if a student's research interest is Latin America, a knowledge of Spanish will be required.

HIST 620 The United States and the World (3) This course traces the history of American foreign relations from the Revolutionary period to the present within the context of national development and world politics.

HIST 621 Women in the Americas (3)
This semester-long seminar fulfills the elective requirement and will explore the important trends and transitions in women's and gender history. Students will also explore the major schools of historiography in order to understand how research in the field has changed and shifted. While the geographic focus is the Atlantic world, topics within that focus may vary according to instructor.

HIST 622 Age of Exploration and Imperialism (3)
A semester-long seminar fulfilling the elective requirement, this course will explore the interactions between Europeans and other cultures which resulted in the creation of what is now known as the Atlantic World. Students will not only investigate these interactions, but discuss the historiography of the period as well.

HIST 630 Seminar in Public History (3)
Public History is history that is seen, heard, read, and interpreted by a popular audience. Public historians expand on the methods of academic history by emphasizing non-traditional evidence and presentation formats, reframing questions, and in the process creating a distinctive historical practice. This seminar introduces students to the methodology and practical applications of this field.

HIST 670 Independent Study in History (3)
This course offers the opportunity for a student to pursue in depth an historical topic of special interest under the supervision of a faculty member and conduct research in primary and secondary sources.

HIST 675 Special Topics in History (3)
This course is an intensive study of a problem or topic in history or historiography. The focus will vary according to professor or term. Students may receive credit for up to two special topics courses on different topics.

HIST 680 Internship in History (1-3)
This course offers the opportunity for primary research in local history or supervised learning experience in public history at a museum or historical site.

HIST 685 Readings for Comprehensive Exams (1-3)
This semester-long course provides an opportunity for the student to work on an individual basis with a program faculty member to prepare for the comprehensive examination through a program of directed readings.

HIST 690 Thesis (3)
In this course, the candidate for an MA in history completes the capstone requirement by producing a major piece of original historical scholarship, demonstrating skills of historical research, criticism, analysis, and writing on a topic related to the history of the Atlantic World. The student will also conduct a successful oral defense of the thesis. This course may be repeated once for credit.