Graduate History Courses

Fall 2019

HISTORY 5500D Special Topics in History For Graduate Studies 

Topic: Digital Humanities
This course will focus on the following skills in the digital humanities related to the electronic publication and computational analysis of texts: XML markup of both texts and meta data according to the standards of the text encoding initiative, transformation of these texts for presentation in electronic environments, annotation of data such as named entities and geographic locations to help visualize texts and textual collections, and quantitative analysis of literary and linguistic features in texts. In the class, students will work with many different texts, but will repeatedly return to Herodotus’ History and Jane Austen’s Lady Susan. Although most of the work in this class will be computational, it does not require prior experience with coding or markup.

Instructor: Dr. Jeffrey Rydberg-Cox

HISTORY 5500E Special Topics In History For Graduate Studies

Topic: American Environmental History
This course examines the changing relationships between human beings and the natural world through time. The main argument of this course will be that American History looks very different through an environmental lens. Nature is an important category of historical analysis – as well as a topic worthy of historical study itself – and this course will examine themes as diverse as Native American ecology and the modern environmental crusade.

Instructor: Dr. Brian Frehner

HISTORY 5500GR Special Topics In History For Graduate Studies

Topic: Decade of Dissent: The 1960s
The social movements and conflicts that developed during the 1960s continue to define American culture. Questions of racial and gender equity, a greater willingness to challenge authority, concerns about the environment, and a new openness about issues of sexuality all developed during the sixties and remain as arenas of debate today. This course will examine the origins, contexts, and major themes of the these social and cultural movements.

Instructor: Dr. Rebecca Davis

HISTORY 5500RA Special Topics In History For Graduate Studies

Topic: ‘We Are The Dead’: The Great War Experience Through its Artifacts
World War One was the “war to end all wars”; all previous wars were indeed eclipsed by its scale of destruction. And yet, it was a war that initiated a century of continual bloodshed and crimes against humanity. This course will explore the causes, nature, and consequences of the Great War of 1914-18. It will be taught at the National World War One Memorial Museum at Liberty Memorial.

Instructor: Dr. Andrew Bergerson

HISTORY 5506 America, 1850-1877: Civil War and Reconstruction

A survey of the political, social, and economic factors leading to the dissolution of the federal union is followed by a consideration of the major features and developments of the war period. This, in turn, leads to an analysis of the major factors and relationships involved in the “reconstruction” of the federal union. The course covers the years 1850 to 1877.

Instructor: Dr. Diane Mutti Burke

HISTORY 5506A History of Christianity to Middle Ages

This course examines the cultural, historical, and theological development of Christianity from its origins to the High Middle Ages. The main themes follow the mechanisms and conditions shaping Christianity’s expansion into a major cultural, social, institutional, and intellectual force in Western Europe with a focus on patterns of crisis and reform.

Instructor: Dr. David Freeman

HISTORY 5526 Modern Latin America

This course studies social, political, economic and cultural trends in Latin America in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Discussion topics include nation building after independence with an emphasis on gender and race in the creation of national identities and new forms of social stratification; integration of national economies into the world economic system; the expansion of political participation and citizenship; immigration (national and transnational) and the tensions caused by the forces of modernization and tradition. Although the purpose of the course is to provide a general background for a large and diverse region (more than 20 countries), case studies from Argentina, Mexico, and Brazil will illustrate the above-mentioned themes and will provide the basis for a comparative regional perspective.

Instructor: This course will be taught by Dr. Viviana Grieco online.

HISTORY 5556 Rise of the City in the U.S.

This course treats the background and major developments of the urbanization of the United States. It includes the American urban tradition, the scope of urbanization, colonial beginnings, urban rivalries, promotion, case studies of cities, the growth of urban services, the slum, problems of government, population trends, urban planning, and suburban growth. Consideration is also given to the methods and techniques of urban research and history of the development of this field.

Instructor: Dr. Sandra Enríquez

HISTORY 5559 World War II Film and Propaganda

This course examines film and propaganda, including posters, political cartoons, speeches, and other media, created in prewar or wartime conditions by both the Allies and Axis powers from 1933 to 1945 as it affected World War II.

Instructor: Dr. Rebecca Davis

HISTORY 5571R Ancient Greece

This course begins with a survey of the pre-classical Minoan and Mycenaean civilizations and then describes the rise of prominent Greek city-states (with particular emphasis upon the evolution of Sparta and the political, social, and cultural contributions of Athens). The course concludes with the rise of Macedon and Alexander’s conquests and significance.

Instructor: Dr. Massimiliano Vitiello

HISTORY 5579 Public History: Theory and Method

This course explores the theoretical and methodological challenges that surround the public preservation and presentation of history in spaces like museums and historical societies. Students will learn the skills professionals use to communicate historical scholarship to wider audiences and will grapple with the issues around expanding history’s stakeholders.

Instructor: Dr. Sandra Enríquez

HISTORY 5581GR How to History I

This foundational course in the doing of history will use the “great books” of historical scholarship to introduce graduate students to historical questions, methods, theories, and rhetorical strategies. The goal of the course is for the student to learn how to engage in historical criticism and formulate historical questions for themselves. This required course must be taken in the first year of graduate study in history.

Instructor: Dr. Andrew Bergerson

HISTORY 5586GR Colloquium in World History

Topic: Major Debates in European History—Medieval to Modern
Students will read broadly in the historiography of a particular historical problem, place, period, or specialization in world history in order to master the relevant literature and hone their skills of historical criticism.

Instructor: Dr. Linda Mitchell

HISTORY 5587RA Research Seminar

Students in this course will produce a major research paper under the direction of the instructor: a self-contained thesis chapter, an article for publication, or the equivalent.

Instructor: Dr. Massimiliano Vitiello

Summer 2019

HISTORY 5500G Special Topics in History for Graduate Students

Topic: Girls and Pop Culture
This course focuses on the history of teenage girls and American popular culture from the late nineteenth century to the present. It will examine the emergence of female adolescence as a social construct and the ambivalences generated by girls’ unremitting claims to autonomy and empowerment. Within the context of new possibilities and enduring constraints in the lives of American girls, students will interrogate descriptions, prescriptions, and proscriptions of teenage girls in movies, magazines, music, cartoons, and other cultural texts produced for and by girls of different ages, genders, classes, races, ethnicities, and sexualities. Central themes include: the changing nature of girls’ cultures; girls’ sexual expressibility; girls’ participation in the realm of commercial culture and media production; girls’ youthful and gendered self-definition; girls’ independence as consumers, wage-earners, and students; girls’ contested relations with adults; girls’ bonds, bullying, and blogs.

Instructor: This course will be taught online by Dr. Miriam Forman-Brunell.
Session: Second 5-Week (June 24-July 26)