Fall 2017 Courses in History MA Program

HIST 600: Research and Methods  

This introductory course in historical research methods is required for all tracks in the History MA program. The course will focus on archival research skills, analysis of primary sources, and the development of critical writing skills. Among the assignments, all students will complete a 20-25-page research paper in which students will utilize primary sources in order to develop an historical argument. Specific topics will vary from semester to semester based on the expertise and interests of the instructor.

Roberta Wollons, The Progressive Era, Th 4PM-6:45PM

The Progressive Era (roughly 1890 to 1920) is when Americans came to grips with the social and political consequences of industrial and urban transformation. Alongside the glorious futures presented at the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893, a generation of reformers and political activists turned their attention to reorganizing cities and confronting issues of poverty and dangerous working conditions. Cities absorbed unprecedented immigration and the massive influx of “new immigrants” from southern and eastern Europe that stirred nativist and racial exclusionist sentiment, even among would-be reformers. However imperfectly, “progressives” laid the foundations for confronting the complexities of the twentieth-century city.

HIST 602L: Historical Sequence I: American Society and Political Culture 1600-1865

Bonnie Miller Th 5:30PM-8:15PM

The course follows the evolution of American society and political culture from the colonial period to the Civil War. The concept "political culture," as used here, embraces institutions, public behavior, and above all, attitudes-beliefs, values, expectations, fears-regarding the distribution and exercise of political power. Two momentous events, the wars for independence and union, are major course milestones at which the development of political culture is assessed from the perspective of different social groups, including leaders, artists, writers, women, workers, and slaves. A central theme is the interplay between regional divergences and national convergences. Thematic questions running through the course are: Did a common political culture emerge? Who was included, who excluded? Was American political culture distinctive? AMST 602L and HIST 602L are the same course.   

HIST 620: Introduction to Public History and Popular Memory

Carolyn Goldstein W 4:00PM-6:45PM

This course will introduce students to the historical origins of the public history field, the historiography and major paradigms in the field, and the debates that have emerged surrounding the public role of historians. Students will be required to engage in seminar discussions, evaluate two current public history artifacts (i.e. exhibitions, walking tours, oral history program, digital project, etc.), and complete a project proposal where students discuss the theoretical and practical aspects of public history work and locate themselves in the larger paradigms of the field. By the end of the course, students are expected to understand the following: the evolution of the public history field; historians' engagement with various publics, and more specifically historians' involvement in the public constructions of history; major theoretical constructs such as memory, heritage, community, commemoration; and, current issues, trends, and theories that continue to change within the public history field.

HIST 626: Introduction to Archives and Information Management  

Marilyn Morgan W 4:00PM-6:45PM

This seminar provides an introductory overview to managing archival resources, the essential principles of the profession, and the core work archivists do, including appraisal, acquisitions, preservation, arrangement, description, providing access, research services, and outreach. The course explores the history of manuscript collecting in the United States; discusses current issues and new technologies in the field; explores trends in archival processing and access; and discusses theories that shape the nature of archival management. Students may gain some hands-on experience with manuscript processing, open source collection management software, and digital methodologies.

HIST 635: Internship in Archives and Information Management

Marilyn Morgan

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 repository specializing in electronic records), under the supervision of a professional archivist or information manager. Enrolled students will complete an approved project and meet regularly with the Program Director, periodically submit written reports, and, at the end of the semester, submit a final project report and assessment.

HIST 670: Cold War America, 1945-1989

Vincent Cannato W 7:00PM-9:45PM

This graduate-level seminar will provide students with an in-depth look at American history during the period of the Cold War, roughly between 1945 and 1991. The United States found itself on the side of the victorious Allies in World War Two, but in the war’s aftermath a new and different war against the Soviet Union began to take shape. This course will look at American politics and society during the Cold War. We will cast a wide net thematically, but will focus mainly on three areas: 1) how anti-Communism affected America both in terms of foreign affairs as well as domestic politics; 2) the trajectory of post-war economic growth and the increasingly globalized nature of the economy; and 3) the expansion of individual freedoms and civil rights during this time. 

HIST 690: Thesis Preparation

Olivia Weisser  Online

This is a course for advanced graduate students who have completed or nearly completed their other course work and are preparing to write a thesis. (Students on the capstone track should not take this course.) In this class they will read the historical literature related to their topics, identify the questions they intend to pursue, identify primary sources for their thesis, and write a thesis proposal for later submission to the department's graduate committee. While it is not necessary to know exactly what topic you will pursue on the first day of class, the more you have narrowed down what you may want to study the better. Students should also either have a thesis advisor or have a good idea about who they expect to ask to act as their advisor.


Fall 2017 Courses in History Online MA

HIST 600: Research and Methods: Genealogy and Family History Julie Winch

HIST 641: Socialism: The International History of a Revolutionary Idea Spencer Di Scala

HIST 697: Special Topics: Islam and Historical Study Sana Haroon 

In this course we study the expression of Islamic religious values in South Asia, the Middle East and North Africa since the eighteenth century. We will look at the interplay of politics and faith in the expression of ideas about community, orthodoxy, authority, heresy, jihad, state formation and law making over the last two hundred years. We will also pay close attention to women’s participation and the family, transnationalism and cosmopolitanism, food and music, mysticism, and migration in Muslim societies.

HIST 690: Thesis Preparation: Olivia Weisser

In this class, students will learn the components of starting research on a Master’s Thesis. The class, traditionally titled “Thesis Prep” is not so much preparation for thesis, as a guide through the initial steps of starting research. By the end of the semester each student will have a completed thesis proposal. 

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