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Fall 2021, Graduate Courses

Updated March 2021

If you would like additional information on the following courses, please contact the instructor by clicking the email link beside their name. Additionally, please consult YES for a full list of History mezzanine courses (5000-level) and relevant graduate courses in other departments.    


HIST 6100 Introduction to Historical Methods and Research, Wednesday 9:10am - 12:00pm, University Club 108/109, Professor Moses Ochonu  
This course examines major trends in historical writing, from ancient to recent times. It seeks to introduce students to the "historian's task" and the various ways scholars/writers have approached it.


HIST 8750 Studies in American History: Intellectual History, Tuesdays 9:10am - 12:00pm, Benson 200, Professor Sarah Igo
This seminar examines approaches to the history of what one scholar calls, simply, “people thinking.”  What roles do ideas play in history, and with what consequence?  Are texts always bound to their social contexts, or might they escape them?  Can one measure intellectual influence, or extract precise meanings from cultural discourses?  How best can historians discern the intellectual worlds, felt experience, and foreign sensibilities of those in the past?  Throughout, we will ask what difference formal ideas and more diffuse sorts of knowing make to the study of politics, culture, economics, law, social movements, diplomacy, and everyday life.  Note: although the course will for the most part rely on American examples, it will deal in theoretical and historiographical concerns, and students working in all fields are welcome. 


HIST 8610. Atlantic World History, Thursdays 9:10am - 12:00pm, Benson 200, Professor Brandon Byrd.
Spanning the sixteenth century to the present, this graduate seminar explores the history of the Atlantic littoral as a socio-cultural, intellectual, political, and economic space and examines foundational and recent scholarship on the Atlantic World. It puts particular emphasis on understanding the geographic, historical, and theoretical parameters of the Black Atlantic. Topics and themes of special interest include the Transatlantic Slave Trade and slavery; imperialism and colonialism; transnational political and social movements; migration and diaspora; religion and music; race and ethnicity; and, in particular, ideas and practices of emancipation and freedom


HIST 8640 Readings in Global History: Global Economic History, Friday, 12:10 - 3:00pm, Benson 200, Professor Bill Caferro.
The course examines premodern economy in global perspective, drawing on classic and recent literature, theoretical and “empirical” approaches and the work of economists and historians. Topics include the development of trade and trade networks, the role of institutions, game theory, world systems,  the nature of the so-called “great divergence” (east/west), what is meant by “globality” and whether indeed a developmental approach to economic history is possible.


HIST 8200 Third Year Dissertation Seminar, Tuesdays 3:10 - 6:00pm, Buttrick 316, Professor Ruth Rogaski.
The purpose of this course is to provide you with a structured environment for developing a successful dissertation proposal.  The proposal marks a crucial step in producing a first-class doctoral dissertation, providing the road map for research and writing.  To this end, each student will be required by the course’s end this fall to complete a defensible dissertation prospectus, 10-15 pp. in length.  You will also receive support in producing grant applications.  Note that this course will meet in May 2021 and again in the first part of fall semester 2021.


MHS 6300 Social Studies of Science and Medicine, Thursdays 4:10 - 6:40pm, Calhoun 218, Professor Laura Stark
Technologies, social groups, institutions, and other factors shaping the human and natural sciences. Qualitative research methods.