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Spring 2021, Graduate Courses

Updated September 2021

If you would like additional information on the following courses, please contact the instructor by clicking the email link beside their name.

HISTORY 6110 Introduction to Historical Methods and Research, Thursday 9:10 am - noon, Benson 200, Professor Arleen Tuchman  

This course is an introduction to methods in historical research and writing. By the end of the semester, students will produce a research paper of 25-35 pages, on a topic of their choice, with the goal of crafting an article that could be submitted for publication in a professional peer-reviewed journal. The semester will culminate in a public mini-conference in late April, where students will deliver a 15-20 minute presentation on their research. Along the way, we will discuss matters of professional development, including grant writing, the peer review process, oral presentations, and applying for jobs.


HISTORY 6300 The Art and Craft of Teaching History, Tuesday 9:10-noon, Benson 200, Professor Marshall Eakin

Introduction to the theory and practice of college-level teaching. Readings on pedagogical theory, current research on teaching and learning. Hands-on exercises in course design, preparing tests and assignments, grading, lecturing, leading discussion, cooperative learning, service-learning, and the use of technology to enhance teaching.


HISTORY 8200 Third Year Dissertation Seminar, Day/Time TBD

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 2022 and again in the first part of fall semester 2022.


HISTORY 8050 Studies in Comparative History: Law and Empire, Monday 12:10-3:00pm, Benson 200, Professor Ari Bryen

Empires are defined by their inherent pluralism. Because they rule over others, and insist that others remain others, they emphasize difference and distinction. The same holds, at least in theory, for the ways that imperial legal systems functioned. However, as a generation of scholarship has made clear, the legal systems of empire were in practice messy and complex, built on overlapping jurisdictions and capable of manipulation from subject peoples. This course will survey a series of key texts in the legal history of empires, both ancient and modern, in order to better understand the operation of law and government in these sorts of plural states


HISTORY 8320 Studies in European History: The Holocaust, Monday 6:30-9:20pm, Benson 200, Professor Helmut Smith

The Holocaust. Graduate Seminar. The emphasis of this class will be on new approaches to the study of the Holocaust, the integration of secondary reading with a serious immersion in primary sources, and an orientation that focuses on where the genocide happened and the multiplicity of the actors involved. There will be weekly readings, some common, others in the primary sources focusing on the geographic areas of your special interest. There will also be a digital humanities component to the class. 


HISTORY 8750 Studies in American History: Imperial Borderlands and Native Homelands, Thursdays 4:00-7:00pm, Benson 200, Professor Dan Usner

The purpose of this course is to explore and evaluate current uses of the concepts “borderlands” and “homelands” in American history. Scholarship on places and spaces within the continent of North America will be featured, with an eye nevertheless on its comparative value for other areas of the world. With attention devoted to initiatives and responses of Indigenous nations during their interactions with multiple European empires and then with the United States as well, the question of how American Indians defined and delineated their homelands will be central. Migrations and exchanges that occurred across borderlands between colonial and native societies, as well as across contemporary international borders, will also be closely examined.

Books have been selected to include a wide range of periods, regions, topics, and methods. Our weekly meetings will focus on the substance of the monographs, their historiographical and methodological significance, and the authors’ particular arguments. The final written assignment for this course will be an essay (25-30 pages) that should either produce original research on a selected topic in imperial borderlands and indigenous homelands or explore the wider historiography around a problem covered in the course syllabus. 


History courses offered by other departments:

GER 5555 is Topics in German Studies, Topic: Metropolis Berlin 1880-1930, MW 1:25 – 2:40, Max Kade visiting professor, Daniel Morat