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Graduate Courses

An examination of the history of racial disparities within the United States criminal justice system, especially as applied to African Americans, how these disparities have evolved historically, and why they persist into the 21st century.

Fifteenth- to nineteenth-century political, social, economic connections between North, Central, South America and Caribbean and west, west-central Africa.

Ancient and medieval Japan, focusing on the institutional and cultural foundations of the Japanese state.

Early modern and modern Japan: the transformation of Japan from an isolationist, agrarian country to a military giant, to a broken and defeated nation, to an economic superpower.

Readings and discussions on major themes in the history and historiography of a geographical area. Time period and area will vary with the instructor.

Provides graduate teaching assistants with knowledge of pedagogical approaches and available support systems. Special sections are reserved for international students, with focus on use of language, pedagogy, and cultural aspects of teaching in this country.

Methods of research and fundamental theoretical issues pertaining to practicing the science of history, with emphasis on the development of writing skills.

Readings on major themes in the history and historiography of a geographical area or topic. Time period, area, and topic will vary with the instructor. Offered on request.

Development and scope of American higher education.

The variety of methods appropriate to instruction in college-level survey history courses. Students will develop syllabi and course materials in preparation for teaching their own surveys.

Exploration of the rich and varied scholarship constituting the field of African American History. Examination of both the historical content of the assigned books and articles and the historiography. Possible topics include the Civil Rights Movement, United States Slavery, Black Feminism,…

A research seminar in early American history. Native Americans, Spanish and French borderlands, British settlement, elaboration of colonial institutions, colonial wars, the American Revolution, and the rise of the new nation.

A research seminar in which students should produce a potentially publishable paper upon some topic relating to the American South, the American Civil War, or Reconstruction.

This interdisciplinary course investigates reform and the changing meaning of gender from the Colonial to Post Modern period. An emphasis upon real rather than ideological politics is the focus of discussions of change and continuity. Other major themes include the meaning of politics and the…

Social, intellectual, cultural, and political developments in United States history since 1900.

Focuses on historiographical analyses of key events and circumstances in southern history from slavery to the Sunbelt. Heavy emphasis on critical reading of secondary texts and historiographical writing.

Major themes, historiographical debates, and methods in United States sociopolitical history since 1865.

Offers an in-depth examination of the major themes and debates in, as well as theories and methods of, American cultural history of the nineteenth to twenty-first centuries.

We have for generations conflated the British colonies with all of early America. This course instead explores the entire continent, from Sitka to St. Augustine, and all the people living there, including native peoples, Russians, Spanish, French, and British. Students will emerge with a clearer…

Major themes and current historiography in North American and United States history to 1865.

Major themes and current historiography in United States history from 1865 to the present.

Major themes and historiography in Latin American and Caribbean history from pre-Columbian times to the present.

Research seminar that will allow graduate students to work extensively on a particular theme in early modern European history, 1350-1815.

The gradual discovery of the individual in premodern Europe. The areas of religion, politics, law, art, and literature. Readings will range from Plato and Thomas Aquinas to Dante and Leonardo da Vinci.

Major themes and current historiography of Europe from 1500-1800.

Major themes and current historiography of Europe from 1500-1800.

Major themes and current historiography of Europe from 1800 to the present.

Research in twentieth-century European history. Topics will vary according to the interests of the students and instructors.

Readings on and discussion of major issues in the history and historiography of Asia. Countries and periods of focus will vary from semester to semester.

Readings and discussion of major topics in the theory and practice of comparative history.

Methods, traditions, concepts, and literature of world history.

Recent scholarship on gender in a geographic area. The time period of the subject matter will vary with the instructor.

The history of warfare in the context of the warring societies from ancient to modern times. Topics depend on interest of the instructor.

Introduction to the discipline of environmental history. Readings will seek to expose students to the variety of methodological approaches employed by environmental historians. Though much of the reading will focus on the United States environmental history, there will also be a significant…

Introduction to the Social and Cultural History of Science. Study of the role and practice of science in ancient and modern societies, interaction with religion, politics, and culture, and social consequences of the development of scientific knowledge. Readings reflect the variety of…

Seminar in historical or historiographical subjects for second-year masters and doctoral students.

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