400 Historiography (Pincince)
410 Western Imperialism (Forth)
445 Atlantic World (Donoghue)
460 U.S. Urban History (Gilfoyle)
480 Public History: Method and Theory (Mooney-Melvin)
483 Oral History: Method and Practice (Manning)
533 Nationalism and National Identity (Hajdarpasic)
FALL 2015 COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
HIST 400 - Twentieth Century Approaches to History
This course focuses on twentieth century historical writing, emphasizing changing interpretive paradigms and innovative methodologies. It examines the rise of social history and then cultural history as the dominant historical genres and the new focus on previously ignored subjects like gender and sexuality. In so doing, it also explores the impact on historians of theories and methodologies from other fields, especially the social sciences and literary criticism. This course should be taken early in the student's program.
HIST 410 - Topics in Western Imperialism
This class is an introduction to the rich historical scholarship on Western imperialism from the origins of early modern Atlantic empires to the decline of the European colonial world in the late twentieth century. Why did empires form and how did they change over time? What was the relationship between “metropole” and colony? What comparisons and connections can we detect between different empires? What forms of knowledge and power derived from and facilitated empire? And finally, what are the legacies of the imperial relationship and its dynamics of violence, economic exploitation, multicultural interchange and globalization?
HIST 445 - Atlantic World
This course surveys indispensable and cutting-edge scholarship in the burgeoning field of British Atlantic history ca. 1500-1800. Course goals include: acquainting students with the field; preparing them for MA and PhD comprehensive examinations; providing historiographic foundations for graduate research in early American and/or early modern British and European history.
HIST 460 - U.S. Urban History
This courses focuses on significant issues in the development of Urban America. Attention will be given to economic development, industrialization, crime and policing, music and entertainment, race and ethnicity, as well as the role of religion in urban social and cultural life. The ways in which certain cities developed into cultural capitals will also be explored. This is the basic course for students who wish to take a concentration in U.S. Urban Social and Cultural History.
HIST 480 - Public History: Method and Theory
This course will survey the development of the field of public history with special attention given to the history, philosophy, and purposes of historical agencies; archives; museum organization and operation; cultural resource management; the involvement of historians in local, state, and federal government; the relationship between historians and the business community; and historians and public programming. The professional responsibilities of the historian in dealing with employment issues, society, and the historical profession will also be considered. *Instructor Consent required. Please email email@example.com to enroll.
HIST 483 - Oral History - Method and Practice
This course begins with a review of the various approaches to oral history and a survey of studies which have depended on it. Students will be asked to design a group oral history project. After testing the design and evaluating their initial interviewing efforts, they will complete the project and interpret the data. Each student will be expected to complete part of the research report as well as conduct one or more interviews. *Instructor Consent required. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to enroll.
HIST 533 - Seminar in Nationalism and National Identity
This seminar explores the meaning and uses of identity and nationalism in the modern era. As such, this course is open to students in any geographic area of modern history and is especially suited for students working in European and American fields. This course defines identity and nationalism broadly as it seeks to enable students to explore a range of individual research topics, such as ethnic politics and identities, state- or community-building strategies, cultural discourses of belonging, and gendered and social dynamics of identity construction. Students will initially read a number of scholarly works that will provide possible models for historical writing and research. Students will then spend the rest of the semester working on their individual research project, with ample guidance and feedback from both the instructor and fellow students. The goal of the course is to enable students to produce an article-length research paper.