Department of History
Upcoming 2013 Graduate Courses
Summer 2013 Graduate History Courses
HIST 6610-80 Seminar: Japanese History and Culture – Cook
ONLINE Summer Session 6A – May 21-June 27
This seminar explores a specific topic in the history and culture of Japan. Cultural,
political, social, and economic themes are developed using a wide variety of sources
and materials to enable students to undertake research and integrate Japan into
comparative frameworks. This semester the course will focus on exploring Modern
HIST 5600-80 20th Century U.S. Foreign Relations – MacLeod
ONLINE Summer Session 6B – July 1-August 7
This course about United States foreign relations in the 20th century will address such
questions and issues as: how the U.S. became a world power; the relationship between
domestic and foreign policy; the fundamental needs, goals, and assumptions of the U.S.
as an actor on the world stage; the role of great foreign policy decision makers, of public
opinion, and of the media in foreign policy making; the consequences and implications
of America's exercise of world power for the U.S. and other nations; and America's
position in the post-Cold War world.
Fall 2013 Graduate History Courses
HIST 5000 Historical Thinking, McMahon – Mondays, 6-8:40pm
What do historians do and how do historians think? This course will form the foundation for graduate studies in history, introducing students to the essentials of historical scholarship from research to publication. Students will read historical theory and methodology in order to understand the methodologies of interpretation that historians use, exploring classic and modern major theories of historical scholarship and historiographical debate. Students will learn how to find, analyze and use historical evidence and how to integrate evidence and interpretation in a scholarly research paper.
HIST 5110 Historical Preservation, Archimede – Saturdays, 10am-12:40pm
Virtually every day, buildings are built, modified or torn down somewhere in your community, changing the appearance, value and feeling of where you live. As historians and citizens, how can we integrate changes while preserving the sense of place that we inherited, to pass on to future generations? Historic preservation is a practice that engages this process of community change, often riding along the sharp edge of private property rights versus public interest. The key role of history, culture and the voices of multiple stakeholders come together to create a unique, dynamic synergy of contemporary and local significance in figuring what and how to preserve - and for whom. This course will introduce the theory, structure and practice of historic preservation, through textbook and in-field examples of
how this complex system of national public policy effectively meets with local identity in shaping the future of change in our communities.
HIST 5200 Public History, Wolk – Tuesdays, 6-8:40pm
This course introduces graduate students to the practice of history in public venues, including government agencies, historical societies, archives, museums, businesses, and various professional organizations. It provides a broad survey of the preservation, interpretation and presentation of history by academic and non-academic practitioners for audiences outside the academy. The course examines the theories, methods, varieties and problems associated with applied or public history. It introduces students to the literature about public history, the type of research and communication skills essential to reach non-academic audiences, and the way that public history affects the historical profession. Student will be expected to use the rich history of the tri-state area and how it is studied and presented in public venues.
HIST 5360 Seminar on Intellectual and Cultural History, Ambroise – Wednesdays,
The seminar introduces major intellectual and cultural movements and thinkers in various historical eras. It begins with core readings in the nature and definition of ideas and culture in history. The Fall 2013 section focuses on the historical formation and historiography of the discourse of "race," tracing the origins of this discourse with the context of the interaction of the peoples and cultures of the Atlantic World, as well as its spread and historical articulation in other global contexts. The course ends with contemporary research across various fields of knowledge that attempts to understand the human species "outside" of the terms of this discourse, i.e., outside the terms of "race."
HIST 6840 History of Sexuality, Robb – Thursdays, 6-8:40pm
The course examines the changing concepts of sexuality in the world over the past 400 years. Content varies according to instructor, but may include some of the following topics: women’s changing roles; emergence of homosexual identities; prostitution; state regulation of sex; and debates on pornography.
HIST 6980 Advanced Writing Seminar, MacLeod – Tuesdays, 6-8:40pm
Reserved for students who have completed 21 credits of the program. Prior to admission to the seminar, students must submit an approved project proposal. During the semester, students write an historiographical essay, conduct research, and write the outline and early draft of their project. They are expected to contribute work to the seminar for collective discussion and criticism.