Spring 2018 Courses in History MA Program

HIST 605: Introduction to Historiography

This introductory course in historiography is required for all tracks in the History MA. It is designated as a reading course in which students will explore critical theoretical approaches in history. Students will learn how a field of historical study is defined, study dominant historical approaches and themes over time, and understand how to position research within a larger historiographical debate.

Early Modern Europe, Elizabeth McCahill, Tu, 4-6:45 PM

Although this section of History 605 focuses on the historiography of Early Modern Europe, it is designed as a general introduction to a range of historiographical methods and problems. We will discuss the rise of social history, women’s history, and, other subdisciplines which, beginning in the 1960s, attempted to give voice to those who were ignored or marginalized in traditional historiography. Particular attention will be paid to cultural history and to the range of ways in which modern historians strive to incorporate the techniques and insights of other disciplines.

HIST 625: Interpreting History in Public: Approaches to Public History Practice

Jane Becker, M, 4-6:45 PM

This course gives students an overview of the history, best practices, and cultural debates that provide the context for museum and historic site interpretation in the United States. Students will learn how versions of the past are created, communicated and institutionalized as history at historic sites, museums, historic houses, landscapes, and the web. We explore successful models of interpretation in public venues, and examine dilemmas in community collaboration and interpretation for and with the public. Topics/themes include the roles of evidence, history and politics in interpretation; interpretive methods and practices in using historical evidence in public history venues; venues, cultures and histories that shape interpretive practice; and issues and methods that challenge the practice of public history now and into the future. The course offers students opportunities to engage in this exploration through readings, assignments, class discussion, guest speakers, case studies, visits to actual and virtual sites, written and oral assignments, and practicum experiences with a community partner.

HIST 627: Archival Methods and Practices

Alfie Paul, Th 4-6:45 PM

This course explores the fundamental principles of archival practice and methodology, focusing largely on basic preservation, arrangement, description and access standards. The course may include some hands-on work: curating manuscripts, AV materials, and/or digital collections; learning and applying preservation techniques; and creating a finding aid.

HIST 630: Transforming Archives and History in the Digital Era

Veronica Martzahl, W, 4-6:45 PM

In an increasing digital world, archivists are learning to apply the principles of archival accessioning, arrangement and description, preservation, storage, and access to born-digital and digitized materials. This seminar will explore how these principles are applied to support a digital preservation program and will expose students to various tools and workflows that support this work. The seminar will focus on understanding the entire ecosystem of digital preservation including discussions of hardware, software, file formats and storage environments, and it will explore means of providing access to digital materials.

HIST 635: Internship in Archives and Information Management

Vincent Cannato, TBA

The internship provides students with an opportunity to acquire direct practical experience. Students enrolled in this course will complete 120 hours of work at an approved institution (either a traditional archive, special collections library, or museum, or a electronic records repository), under the supervision of a professional archivist or information manager.

HIST 640: The Science, Diplomacy, and Politics of the Atomic Bomb

Spencer Di Scala, M, 7-9:45 PM

The Atomic Bomb changed the history of the world but had its beginnings in the laboratories of scientists who were trying to understand how the world works. In the process, they built a new weapon that revolutionized warfare and unlocked what promised to be a limitless form of energy. The class examines the evolution and politics of the bomb.  

HIST 689: Capstone Project

Vincent Cannato, TBA

This course is for students in the Archives and Public History Tracks who choose to take the Capstone route instead of Thesis.

HIST 696: Independent Study

Vincent Cannato, TBA

HIST 698: Internship in Public History

Jane S Becker, TBA

Students will learn from public history practitioners such as museum professionals, tour guides, re-enactors, documentary film makers as well as from scholars of history. These practitioners will guide students through the issues involved in planning and funding public history projects as well as the problems in selecting, conducting and oral and community history projects and interpreting and presenting historical information in various venues in order to engage and educate public audiences.

HIST 699: Master of Arts Thesis

Under the supervision of the appointed advisor, the thesis will be defended before a committee of three faculty members. 

Section 01, Vincent Cannato, TBA

Section 01C, Vincent Cannato, Online

Spring 2018 Courses in History Online MA

HIST 605: Historiography of American Religions, Roberta Wollons

In this section we will study the history and historiography of American religions. The course will not emphasize theology, but rather religious identities and communities over time. In America, there are many kinds of Christianities along with a broad diversity of non-Christian belief systems. We will explore such topics as how historians have puzzled over the early Puritans, the fervent utopian and communitarian experiments of the antebellum and civil rights eras, women in religion, the range of religious diversity, and the ever evolving controversies over the separation of church and state.

HIST 681: Topics in European History: World War I in the Middle East, Ruth Miller

The First World War is frequently described as a turning point in the history of the Middle East and North Africa.  This course addresses the law, politics, and diplomacy of the war, alongside civilian and military life during the war years.  Its purpose is to assess the validity of this description.  Focusing on the Ottoman Empire and post-Ottoman state formation, the course explores a broad range of topics, including the wartime and post-war diplomacy, the battle experiences of common soldiers, gender and sexuality, changing military technology, comparative theories of just warfare, wartime artistic expression, public health and disease, population transfer and ethnic violence, and memories and legacies of the war.  The underlying question driving the course is whether World War I was indeed the watershed that so many commentators have claimed it to be.

HIST 682: Topics in American History: Jacksonian America, Julie Winch

Andrew Jackson emerged from the War of 1812 a national hero. His victory at the Battle of New Orleans eventually propelled the man many hailed as “the second Washington” into the White House. We are going to be looking at Andrew Jackson – the man and the image, his policies, his vision of government, his allies and his critics. The Jacksonian Era was about more than the life of one man, though, and we will be using a wide range of primary sources to explore the lives of ordinary Americans, rich and poor, free and enslaved, women and men, immigrants and native-born, those who toiled in factories and those who labored on farms and plantations, as the nation and its people grappled with a host of challenges, from “Indian Removal” to slavery, from revolutions in transportation and communications to the consequences of territorial expansion, and edged ever closer to civil war.  

HIST 690: Thesis Preparation Online, Timothy Hacsi

This is a one-semester individual course to help students develop a viable thesis topic. 

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