The Department of History

College of Arts & Sciences


Graduate Courses

The following list of graduate courses is taken from the Department of History section of the Graduate Catalog. Not all courses are offered every semester.

History 511: Teaching World History
Dr. Higgs
The ability to offer a segment of the World History course has become an increasingly desirable (and often required) asset in many job searches, whether one is trained in U.S., European, or another historical field. The first half of this course will examine the theoretical aspects of World History—its creation, methodology, conceptualization, and evolution as a distinct field of history. In the second half of the course, students will consider the practical aspects of teaching a World History course—examining available print and online sources and designing their own syllabus.

History 531/631: Apocalypticism in Late-Medieval and Early Modern Europe
Dr. Bast
Through a variety of primary sources and secondary scholarship this course will explore the texts and contexts of the Apocalyptic discourse that became a prominent feature of the intellectual milieu of Western Christendom between the Black Death and the German Reformation.

History 532: Knowledge, Economics and the Environment in Europe, 1600-1900
Dr. Phillips
In the period between 1600 and 1900, European societies grew markedly in size and productive capacity, with corresponding results for the natural spaces in which Europeans lived, worked and traded. This class will explore the broad literature that deals with these developments. In particular, the aim of the course is to bring together three different historiographies that have not always been in strong conversation with each other: work on the history of European capitalism, environmental history, and the history of knowledge or science.

History 543: Readings in United States History Since 1877
Dr. Norrell
This course will examine the major issues of U.S. history since 1850. Students will read major works onindustrialization, urbanization, regionalism, reform movements, the impact of wars, civil rights, and foreign policy. The related historiography will be analyzed throughout the course. Students will write a series of critical essays on the most important issues raised in this literature. The course is designed to prepare students for subsequent “topics” courses and for M.A. and Ph.D. examinations.

History 561: Readings in the Colonial Andes
Dr. C. Black
This readings seminar will expose students to the historiography of the colonial Andean region, with works both old and new. We will focus on major issues, theoretical debates, and themes that have shaped the field. The course will particularly focus on relationships of culture, power, and authority in the post-conquest Andes, with an eye to how race, gender, and ethnicity manifested these relationships. Thus, we will consider conquest, religion, slavery, family, communication and revolt in the Andean world from 1530-1800.

History 632: Gender, Sexuality, and the Family in Modern Europe
Dr. Andersen
This research seminar will introduce students to several works that have influenced recent scholarship on gender, sexuality, and the family in modern Europe. In particular, this course will emphasize a transnational approach to the study of these topics. Students will conduct their own independent research projects that will draw on the methodology, theory, and ideas presented in the assigned readings.

History 643: The Progressive Era
Dr. Sacco
Research seminar in primary sources culminating in a scholarly paper in US or transnational history. The focus of this seminar will be the Progressive Era, but students may, with permission of the instructor, link this paper up to their dissertation research projects in earlier or later periods. Students will be expected to produce a paper that demonstrates mastery of the time period and its importance in US history; and skills in historical research, methods, and writing of such excellence that the final paper can be submitted to a major journal in the field.


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