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Fall 2022 Graduate Course Descriptions
500-700 Level

SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE! Always check the University online schedule for the latest changes.

HIS 510 - Historiography

81458 M 2:00-4:50
Richard Barton

Development of the historical profession and perspectives on historical methodology. Selected readings by philosophers of history and practicing historians.

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HIS 514 - World History Topics: "Social History in Global Perspective"

81449 ONLINE asynchronous
Colleen Kriger

Students in this course will examine selected readings in social history as windows onto what is useful and distinctive about the 'new' global history. The mid-twentieth century saw transformations in scholarship and teaching of history which brought to the fore important thematic approaches such as social history, gender, area studies, slavery, environmental history, and others. Overarching and incorporating such themes brought new kinds of historical perspective and practice. World historians focus on comparisons, connections, and networks viewed in large scale or over long time periods. Over the semester we will explore and understand the 'global' as an alternative to Eurocentric and 'presentist' conceptions of the human past.
Crosslisted with HIS 414.

HIS 547 - History Museum Curatorship: Collections Management

81459 R 5:30-8:20
Kimberly Terbush

This course will explore the legal, ethical, and practical issues associated with the development, management, and care of museum collections. This course will examine the legal duties and ethical obligations placed on those who manage museums and their collections. Topics will include collections development, registration and record keeping, collection policies and procedures, deaccessioning, copyright, collection care, handling, and housing. Students will investigate and analyze contemporary issues within the field of Collections Management through readings, discussion, site visits, hands on project(s), and presentations from Museum professionals. Prerequisite: Admission to a graduate program in history or written permission of instructor. Same as IAR 547.

HIS 551-01 - Gender and History Selected Topics: "Women and Politics in U.S. History"

81455 TR 3:30-4:45
Mandy Cooper

This course examines the history of women's involvement in politics in the United States from the founding to the present. Women of all ethnicities, races, classes, and sexualities have always been involved in politics through a wide range of political activities - as citizens, voters, activists. This course will examine women's historical role in the political process, the different ways that women have engaged as political actors (even when disenfranchised), and the issues that became defined as women's issues.
Crosslisted with HIS 451.

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HIS 574-01 - Modern Germany Selected Topics: "Weimar Germany"

81457 TR 2:00-3:15
Teresa Walch

In the autumn of 1918, soldiers and workers rose up in revolution all across Germany at the end of the First World War. Refusing to continue fighting a war that had already been lost, they toppled the German monarchy and established a constitutional republic, the Weimar Republic. The new state guaranteed unprecedented freedoms for previously oppressed political, ethnic, religious, and sexual minorities in Germany. Many German artists, architects, musicians, actors of this era gained worldwide fame. Visitors from near and far flocked to the modern metropolis of Berlin to witness its achievements up close. But Weimar’s progressivism was not loved by all. Many Germans remained deeply bitter about the country’s defeat in the First World War, and politicians on the right inflamed these sentiments by propagating potent conspiracy theories that eroded faith in Germany's fledgling democracy. It was these tensions—between progressives and conservatives, international and national, urban and rural, promise and tragedy—that defined the Weimar Republic. At the heart of this history looms a serious question: how and why does a democracy fail?
Crosslisted with HIS 474.

Prerequisite for all 600- 700 level History courses: Admission to a graduate program in history or interior architecture, or special permission of instructor.

HIS 627 - Museum and Historic Site Interpretation: Principles and Practice

81544 M 2:00-4:50
Anne Parsons

Who makes history and how? This seminar seeks to answer this question by exploring the relationship between history and the public, and the tools that public historians use to interpret the past. The class focuses on the theory and practice of telling stories through museums and historic sites, while examining issues of ownership and power in interpretation and community collaboration. Students will also study contemporary models of engaging with audiences and projects that make history more meaningful to people. Finally, the class will merge theory and practice with the creation of a local history project, produced by the students for a public venue. Same as IAR 627.

HIS 633 - Community History Practicum

81545 T 2:00-4:50
Lisa Tolbert

Prerequisite: HIS/IAR 626

In this hands-on course, students work collaboratively and engage community partners as they research, design, and complete public projects - previously planned in HIS/IAR 626 - that engage audiences in local/regional history. These projects involve original research and draw on a range of sources that drive public history work, including public records, oral interviews, images, and artifacts. Final products may involve exhibitions, web-based products, public programs, curricula, or other formats that engage public audiences in issues emerging from the past around us.

This course is restricted to graduate students in History and Interior Architecture who have completed HIS/IAR 626 (The Practice of Public History) unless permission is granted by instructor.

See the M.A. FAQ for more information about the following:

HIS 690 - Internship

HIS 692 - Advanced Topics

HIS 697 - Independent Study

HIS 699 - Thesis

Faculty permission is required to register for these courses.

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HIS 701 - Colloquium in American History

81547 701-02 W 5:30-8:20
Watson Jennison

Issues of historical interpretation from the colonial era through the Civil War.

HIS 706 - Colloquium in Modern European History

81548 T 5:30-8:20
Teresa Walch

This course will cover major themes and debates in modern European history from the French Revolution to the present. Assigned readings will analyze modern Europe from the center as well as from the margins to explore important episodes and historiographical debates.

HIS 720 - Public History Capstone I

81549 R 2:00-4:50
Anne Parsons

This course is part of a two-semester sequence in which students design and execute original, research-driven, independent-study history projects for public audiences, usually with a community or institutional partner. In the first half of the course sequence, students solidify the goals and contours of the project, complete project research, and finish preliminary development. Restricted to graduate students in the history department's Museum Studies program who have completed at least 15 hours of graduate-level course work.

HIS 722 - Early America Topics: "Vast and Deep Early America"

81550 R 2:00-4:50
Greg O'Brien

In this graduate seminar, students will read works and write papers that expand their concept of how old and how vast early American history is. Humans enacted history in North America for at least 15,000 years before Europeans arrived and that deep history impacted the trajectory of post-contact history. Likewise, the thirteen British colonies along the Atlantic coast comprised only one of many theaters of historical action in early America. Early America was a diverse place of many languages, religions, ethnicities, and experiences. We will examine a wide selection of topics to gain a more holistic understanding about early America and its peoples.

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