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Professors R. Thornton, P.F. Klarén, W.H. Becker (Chair), L.P. Ribuffo, E. Berkowitz, R.H. Spector, L.L. Peck, R.J. Cottrol, D.K. Kennedy, A.M. Black (Research), M.A. Atkin, T. Anbinder, H.L. Agnew, A.J. Hiltebeitel, E. Arnesen, J. Weissman Joselit, R.B. Stott, D. Silverman, A. Zimmerman, E.H. Cline, J. Hershberg

Associate Professors E.A. McCord, C.E. Harrison, D.R. Khoury, D. Yang, S. McHale, H.M. Harrison, N. Blyden, M. Norton, G.A. Brazinsky, K. Schultheiss, C. Klemek

Assistant Professors S.N. Robinson, D. Schwartz, A. Smith II, E. Chapman, C.T. Long, B. Hopkins, J. Kim, S. Miller, T. Christov, D. Brunsman, G. Childs

Instructor J. Krug

Adjunct Professors K. Bowling, A. Howard, L. Strauss

Professorial Lecturer S. Wells

Master of Arts in the field of history—Prerequisite: a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in history, or with substantial course work in history of high academic quality; high scholastic standing; and approval of the department.

Required: the general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. The program consists of a minimum of 36 credit hours of upper-division undergraduate and graduate-level courses, including at least six graduate-level courses. Students choosing the thesis option take Hist 6098-99 as part of the 36 credits but in addition to the required six graduate-level courses. Students choosing the non-thesis option must write two research papers in the course of completing their program. See the Undergraduate Programs Bulletin for a listing of upper-level undergraduate courses offered by the department. A maximum of 6 credits may be in approved courses outside the History Department. To receive graduate credit for undergraduate courses, master’s candidates must arrange for extra work with the instructors. Each student completes a major field in which at least 9 credits of course work must be taken. Major fields are listed below, under the Doctor of Philosophy in the field of history. Students in all history M.A. programs must maintain a GPA of at least 3.3 both to remain in good standing and to earn the degree.

Master of Arts in the field of history with a concentration in historic preservation— Required: the general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. This 36-credit degree program combines courses in United States history and historic preservation. It includes at least 18 credits of U.S. social history, U.S. urban history, man-made America, and the seminar sequence in historic preservation.

Master of Arts in the field of history with a concentration in imperial and colonial studies—Required: the general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. This 36-credit degree program emphasizes the comparative study of empires. Hist 6128 and 6050 are required, along with a 15-credit major regional field and a minor regional field of 6 to 9 credits. Up to 9 credits may be chosen in related disciplines within the University.

Master of Arts in the field of history with a concentration in public policy—Required: the general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. This 36-credit degree program emphasizes the study of history as it relates to the analysis and conduct of public policy. Hist 6011 and an internship done in conjunction with Hist 6012 are required. One-third of the course work is taken outside the History Department in a discipline relevant to the student’s policy interests.

Master of Arts in the field of history with a concentration in U.S. legal history—Required: the general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. This 36-credit degree program combines a major field in U.S. history with a focus in U.S. legal history. Students may take up to 9 credits of legal history offered by the Law School.

Doctor of Philosophy in the field of history—Required: the general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, including the satisfactory completion of the General Examination. All students must take Hist 6005. Some students must pass language exams appropriate to their field and dissertation topic. Students must maintain a GPA of at least 3.5 to remain in the program.

Candidates in American history must select two major fields from early America (to 1815), 19th-century America (1815-1900), and 20th-century America (1900– ). The minor field will normally be topical (e.g., U.S. social, U.S. diplomatic, historic preservation).

Candidates in imperial and colonial history take Hist 6128 and 6050 and select two major and one minor field. Fields can include, but are not limited to, such combinations as Europe and the Americas (1500-1900), Europe and Asia, Europe and the Middle East, Europe and Africa, the U.S. and Asia, and China and Japan.

Candidates in Asian history select two major fields from modern China, modern Japan, modern Korea, and modern Southeast Asia. The minor field is chosen in consultation with the advisor.

Candidates concentrating in areas other than those outlined above must select one major and two minor fields. Major fields are early modern Europe, modern Europe, Latin America, modern Middle East, modern Eastern Europe, modern Russia, and military history. The minor fields may be either topical (e.g., European intellectual) or chronological (e.g., Tudor and Stuart England, colonial Latin America).

All candidates may choose to be examined in one minor field other than history if it is relevant to the program of study.

Doctor of Philosophy in the field of American religious history (offered in cooperation with the Department of Religion)—Required: the general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences and the specific requirements of the Doctor of Philosophy in the field of history, stated above. The General Examination must include one of the major American fields listed above and one from the Department of Religion (typically history of religion in America).

Note: Undergraduates may register for graduate courses only with permission of the instructor. Topics courses may be repeated for credit provided the topic differs.

6001 Special Topics Seminar (3 to 9) Staff
6005 History and Historians (3) Zimmerman, Schwartz
  Historiography and historical method for graduate students. Readings and discussions on major trends in history; selections from classics of historical literature.
6006 Teaching History (3) Anbinder, Zimmerman, and Staff
  Pedagogic techniques and strategies particular to the discipline. Admission by permission of instructor.
6011 History and Public Policy (3) Berkowitz
  Seminar in the use of historical insights and methods in policymaking, with emphasis on domestic issues. Assessment and use of primary sources for policy analysis and the use of historical analogy in policy formulation.
6012 Internship in History and Public Policy (3 or 6) Berkowitz
  Supervised participation in an office or agency concerned with the formulation of public policy; terms of the internship are arranged with the director of the history and public policy program. Enrollment restricted to students in the history and public policy program.
6030 Uses of History in International Affairs (3) H. Harrison
  The multiple interconnections among history, politics, and international affairs, including how policymakers use or misuse “lessons” of history and how countries attempt to deal with difficult aspects of their past. Specific cases may vary.
6031 History of International Economic Systems (3) Becker
  Development of arrangements and institutions designed to manage the international economy since the 19th century, with a focus on the period since World War II.
6032 Strategy and Policy (3) Spector
  A study of the historical development of strategy and the relationship of military thought to national policy.
6040 Topics in Modern Military and Naval History (3) Spector
  Discussion, readings, and research in 20th-century European and American military and naval history.
6041 The Age of the Battleship: An Introduction to Modern Naval History (3) Spector
  The rich and varied literature of naval history, with emphasis on interactions among technology, nationalism, and domestic political/social developments in the late 19th and early 20th century. The social history of navies is included.
6042 World War II (3) Spector
  Examination of statecraft and the management of force before, during, and after World War II. Special attention to broad aspects of military policy and strategy and their interaction with international politics and diplomacy.
6050 Modernization, Imperialism, Globalization (3) Zimmerman
  Readings seminar in classic and recent theories of modernization, imperialism, and globalization.
6051 Re-thinking Cold War History (3) H. Harrison, Hershberg
  A reading and research course that relies heavily on documents from formerly closed communist archives and recently declassified Western materials. Various issues and events of the Cold War; old and new historiographical controversies. Students write a primary-source research paper to elucidate one of the many aspects of the Cold War about which new evidence is available.
6097 Independent Readings/Research (3) Staff
  Written permission of instructor required. May be repeated for credit with permission.
6101 Topics in European History (3) Staff
6105 European Intellectual History (3) Staff
  Topics in 18th- and 19th-century European thought, with an emphasis on France. Specific topic announced in the Schedule of Classes.
6120 Early Modern European History (3) Norton
  Topics selected from Western European history of the 14th through 17th centuries.
6121 Modern European History (3) Schultheiss
6122 20th-Century European History (3) Staff
  Research or readings on selected topics.
6128 Europe and the World, 1500–Present (3) Kennedy
  An introduction to some of the key debates and scholarship concerning European imperialism.
6130 Early Modern Britain (3) Peck
  Analysis of some current issues in early modern historiography; contextualization of recent works in the field; consideration of different methodologies and the types of evidence on which they rely or that they illuminate.
6133 English People and Institutions (3) Peck
  Selected topics in the political, social, intellectual, and economic history of England. Focus upon one time period and special area of interest. May be taken for research credit with instructor’s approval.
6135 British Imperialism (3) Kennedy
  Research seminar. Major debates and schools of thought on the history of British imperialism.
6138-39 Folger Institute Seminars (3-3) Staff
  Topics will be announced in the Schedule of Classes.May be repeated for credit provided the topic differs. Consult the chair of the department before registration.
6170-71 Eastern European History (3-3) Agnew
  Hist 6170: 1772-1918; Hist 6171: 1919-1945.
6180 History of Modern Russia and the Soviet Union (3) Atkin
  Selected topics in the domestic history of modern Russia and Soviet Union. May be taken as a readings seminar or, with instructor’s approval, as a research seminar.
6181 Research Seminar: Russian and Soviet Empires (3) Atkin
  Selected topics in the evolution of the Russian empire and Soviet Union as multi-ethnic states from the perspective of the Russian and non-Russian peoples from the 18th century to the early post-Soviet years.
6185 Russian and Soviet Thought (3) Atkin
  Selected topics in the intellectual and cultural history of 18th- to 20th- century Russia and Soviet Union. May be taken as a readings seminar or, with instructor’s approval, as a research seminar. Admission by permission of instructor.
6188 Soviet Foreign Policy, 1917-1991 (3) H. Harrison
  Concepts and perceptions guiding Soviet relations with the outside world. From the blockade and intervention, through years of isolation, World War II, the Cold War, to “peaceful coexistence.”
6301 Topics in U.S. History (3) Staff
6302 Colonial North America (3) Silverman
  The complex and turbulent world of colonial North America from the late 16th to the late 18th century. Inter-cultural negotiations, Atlantic world connections, imperial conflict, gender construction, and race consciousness.
6303 Revolutionary America (3) Silverman, Brunsman
  The political and social conditions of the revolutionary era: the spiral of events that led to the American independence movement, the various meanings of the war to its participants, and the consequences of victory for the nation, its various subgroups, and other peoples of the colonial Atlantic world.
6304 American Indian History to 1890 (3) Silverman
  North American Indian history from indigenous societies on the eve of first contact with Europeans until the conclusion of the Great Plains Wars of the late 19th century.
6310 Readings in 19th-Century American History (3) Anbinder, Stott
  Important trends in historical writing about 19th-century America.
6311 The Era of the Civil War, 1850-1877 (3) Anbinder
  The sectional crisis that led to the Civil War; the conflict itself in its military, political, and social dimensions; attempts at racial and sectional reconciliation made during Reconstruction.
6312 The Law of Race and Slavery (3) Cottrol
  The role of legal norms and processes in developing patterns of slavery and race relations in the United States and other societies. Admission by permission of instructor. Same as Soc 6286 and Law 6596.
6320-21 Readings/Research Seminar: Recent U.S. History (3-3) Ribuffo
  Prerequisite: 6 credit hours of upper-level/undergraduate American history courses. Research or readings, depending on students’ interests and curricular needs.
6322 American Business History (3) Becker
  The history of American business institutions in manufacturing, distribution, transportation, and finance. Particular attention will be given to the period since industrialization, with consideration of business institutions in their economic, legal, governmental, and social contexts. Same as SMPP 6293.
6330 Modern U.S. Foreign Policy (3) Hershberg
  Readings, lectures, discussion on major developments in the conduct of American diplomacy from 1898 to 9/11.
6350 American Social Thought Since World War II (3) Ribuffo
  Consideration of C. Wright Mills, Daniel Bell, Abraham Maslow, Christopher Lasch, Paul Goodman, Martin Luther King, Jr., Barbara Ehrenreich, and other major social critics.
6360 Immigration and Ethnicity in the United States (3) Anbinder
  Trends and theoretical issues in the study of American immigration and ethnicity.
6370 U.S. Legal History (3) Cottrol
  The legal history of the United States from the 17th century to the present. The course examines legal change within the broader context of political, social, and economic change. Admission by permission of instructor. Same as Law 6591.
6410 Readings in American Cultural History (3) Staff
  Same as AmSt 6410.
6420 Religion and American Culture (3) Staff
  Same as AmSt 6420.
6430-31 Gender, Sexuality, and American Culture (3-3) Staff
  Same as AmSt 6430/WStu 6430-31.
6435 Readings on Women in American History (3) C. Harrison
  Important works in American women’s history; evolution of the field in historiographical context. Same as AmSt 6435/WStu 6435.
6450 Race in America (3) Staff
  Same as AmSt 6450.
6455 American Social Movements (3) Staff
  Same as AmSt 6455.
6470 Cityscapes (3) Staff
  Same as AmSt 6470.
6475 U.S. Urban History (3) Staff
  Same as AmSt 6475.
6480 Theory and Practice of Public History (3) Staff
  Same as AmSt 6480.
6495-96 Historic Preservation: Principles and Methods (3-3) Longstreth
  Same as AmSt 6495-96.
6501 Topics in African History (3) Staff
6502 Western Representations of Africa (3) Blyden
  Representations of Africa by non-Africans from the earliest contact to more recent encounters.
6601 Topics in Asian History (3) Staff
6610 Readings Seminar: Late Imperial China (3) McCord
  Selected topics in the history of modern China in the late imperial period, with a particular focus on the internal and external challenges to the last Chinese dynasty in the 19th century.
6611 Readings Seminar: 20th-Century China (3) McCord
  Selected topics in the history of modern China from the 1911 Revolution to the Cultural Revolution.
6621 Modern Japanese History (3) Yang
  Selected topics in modern Japanese history from the Meiji Restoration of 1868 to the present. Research or readings depending on students’ interests and curricular needs.
6625 Japan’s Empire and Its Legacies (3) Yang
  The history of Japanese imperialism, focusing on colonial modernity, resistance and collaboration, politics of memory, and historical reconciliation.
6630 Topics in Korean History (3) Brazinsky, Kim
  Intensive exploration of the history of Korea in modern times (1850–present). Korean identity and the challenges of foreign imperialism, industrialization, modernization, and globalization.
6641 Modern Southeast Asia (3) McHale
  The modern history of Southeast Asia from the 1800s to 1975. Colonialism, rise of postcolonial states, revolutions and persistence of the past.
6701 Topics in Latin American History (3) Staff
6710-11 Readings/Research Seminar: Modern Latin America (3-3) Klarén
6801 Topics in Middle Eastern History (3) Staff
6811 The Modern Middle East (3) Robinson, Khoury
  Readings, discussion, and research in selected political, economic, social, cultural, and intellectual trends.
6821 Islam and Social Movements (3) Khoury
  An examination of the relationship of religion and religious symbols to social and political movements in the Islamic world.
6822 Nationalism in the Middle East (3) Khoury
  Different interpretations of nationalism and their applicability to nationalism in the Middle East.
6823 Imperialism in the Middle East (3) Khoury
  An exploration of the process of European and American expansion in the Middle East.
6824 Research Seminar: Modern Iran (3) Atkin
  Selected topics in Iran’s domestic and international history from about 1800 to 1989.
6998-99 Thesis Research (3-3) Staff
8998 Advanced Reading and Research (arr.) Staff
  Limited to students preparing for the Doctor of Philosophy general examination. May be repeated for credit.
8999 Dissertation Research (arr.) Staff
  Limited to Doctor of Philosophy candidates. May be repeated for credit.

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