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History 503 American History II Core Seminar 

Wednesday, 7-9:40 pm

Professor David Herzberg

The graduate core is a survey of US historiography in the long 20th century (since the Civil War). We will read books and articles that introduce us to some of the major topics and fields, themes and issues, and research and analytical methods from this time period. The goal is not primarily to increase your factual knowledge of US history, but to get a sense of the relationship between history and historians. What kinds of questions do historians ask of the past? How do they go about answering them? What kinds of evidence do they look at, how do they choose, and how do they interpret it? How to historians build on and/or challenge each other’s work and interpretations? If history only happened once, why does history as written by historians change over time? What are some of the most active and exciting subjects and approaches in 20th century US history today? These kinds of questions are central to critical reading and thinking, ie, figuring out how to take apart and (hopefully) put back together again the kinds of narrative — stories — that we are all familiar with as the stuff of “history.”

History 505 Modern European Core 

Thursdays, 4-6:40 pm

Professor Andreas Daum

This course introduces the participants to some major issues in the field of modern European history. It covers the period from the French Revolution to the end of the Cold War, as well as different geographical areas. The course wants to

(1) provide an understanding of the history and diversity of Europe. We will discuss whether “European History,” in fact, constitutes an entity, and what role nation-state and regions, non-state actors and “the people,” gender and international relations, among other factors, play in this story.

(2) identify – through a close reading of scholarly literature – some trends in the recent historiography of modern Europe and understand in what ways and to what ends historians have defined their topics, formulated their questions and chosen their sources;

(3) train the participants in analyzing historical sources and dealing with visual sources and dealing with visual materials, ranging from a novel and an autobiographical account to films.

History 525 Cultural History of Science & Medicine

Mondays 4-6:40 pm 

Professor James Bono

This seminar will provide an intensive introduction to major historiographical issues and approaches in scholarly work on the history of science and medicine, including recent attempts to write cultural histories of specific facets of science and medicine. The course is intended to serve the needs of a broad range of students from history and from disciplines such as anthropology and literature, who had an interest in science, medicine, technical knowledge and practices, the body, sexuality, disability studies, or related topics and their relationship to culture and society.

We shall focus chiefly upon the cultural history of medicine, with special attention given to the history of the body and sexuality from antiquity to postmodern cyberculture. We’ll address such topics as the body in ancient Greek and Chinese medical traditions; medicine, natural philosophy, and notions of sexual difference in ancient, medieval, and Renaissance Europe; the female body, the saintly body, and the criminal body in late medieval, Renaissance, and early modern Europe; monsters, marvels, and monstrous bodies from the 13th through the 18th centuryies; the new cultural history of Renaissance anatomy; women, gender, and the birth of modern political economy; race, gender, and “other” bodies in European and American scientific and medical discourses; intersex and the scientific study of sexuality from the late Renaissance to the 20th century in Europe and America; Foucault’s History of Sexuality; and such issues as virtual surgery, technoscientifically altered human bodies and disability studies, informatics, and the “posthuman” body.

History 533 Reading Early American History

Thursdays, 4-6:40pm

Professor Erik Seeman

This course introduces graduate students to the major themes and methodologies in colonial American history.  The course serves as a foundation for students wishing to prepare an examination field in colonial America or for anyone who wants to gain a broad perspective on the most important developments in the field.  The course is organized as a series of “updates”:  we examine five topics for two weeks each, and for each topic the first work is a classic and the second is a more recent contribution that builds on or departs from the classic text in important ways.  Class sessions consist of analytical discussions of the week’s readings; careful reading of the texts is therefore imperative.  In addition, this course hones professional skills:  how to write (and critique) book reviews and review essays, how to find primary sources, and how to discuss historical materials critically yet fairly.  Requirements include a book review, oral presentation, review of book reviews, and a fifteen-page historiographical essay.

History 551 American Intellectual History 

Tuesdays, 4-6:40 pm

Professor Tamara Thornton

This seminar invites participants to explore some of the best works in American cultural history written during the last decade or so as well as to exercise their analytical skills in close readings of primary sources. The period under study includes the early republic and antebellum era. Student assignments include two brief response papers; the selection and presentation of two brief primary sources in class, one to be accompanied by a five-page paper; and a final 10-12 page  paper synthesizing and reflecting upon one or more major themes raised by the readings encountered during the semester.

History 635 History Research Seminar

Thursdays, 7-9:40 pm

Professor Adam Rome

This seminar will help you develop your skill in researching and writing about history.  It is open to students working in all periods and areas.  We will read a few short pieces about the research and writing process, but the heart of the class will be work on a research paper.


History 598: Project for MA Students 

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History 599: Departmental Colloquia

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History 600 General Exam Readings 

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History 612 Advanced Research 

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History 700 Thesis Guidance

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