Graduate Courses

FALL 2016


Prof. McMahon – Wednesday – 6:00 pm - 8:40 pm

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.



Prof. Kearney – Thursday - 6:00 pm - 8:40 pm 

This course provides a graduate-level introduction to digital history as a sector of theory, subject matter, methods, and practices within the history profession. Beginning with some of the earliest attempts to define the nature and scope of digital history, we’ll take the story up to the present and assess where things stand now. Students will make connections between the theory and practice of digital history by designing and carrying out a digital history project of their choice suitable for a one-semester course. We will discuss, debate, and reflect upon both the impact that digital technologies and networked environments have already had for the field of history and the potential new directions in which history can go as digital tools and global networks become more widely used. The course is designed to be challenging and demanding, but students will have help throughout the semester: the goal is successful completion.


Prof. Gonzalez - Monday - 6:00 pm - 8:40 pm

This course examines city life in New Jersey, the most urban state in the nation. It offers readings about urban New Jersey and urbanization in general, but it primarily focuses on research on the urbanization of a particular city, town, community, or neighborhood in the state. It includes a chronological survey of New Jersey cities from the colonial era to the present and analyzes the historical forces that affect the location, spatial form, political economy, and social geography of cities and their surrounding suburbs. The course looks at how and why cities in the state evolved; the economy of the region; the neighborhood change process; the role of mass transit and the automobile; the suburbanization process; social and residential mobility; the effect of government programs for highways, urban renewal, and housing; the current status of cities; and their historiography.


Prof. MacLeod - Tuesday - 6:00 pm - 8:40 pm

Reserved for students who have completed 21 credits of the program. Prior to admission to the seminar, students must submit an approved thesis proposal. During the semester, students conduct research, and write the outline and early draft of their thesis. They are expected to contribute work to the seminar for collective discussion and criticism.



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