Graduate Course Offerings – FALL 2018

FALL 2018

5000 Level Courses

HIST 5101 - Theory and Methodology 1

Title: HIST 5101 – Theory and Methodology 1

Instructor: Laura Frader

CRN: 11060

Sequence: Mondays, 4:30 – 7:00 PM

Description: Examines the following questions in the context of major issues in current historical research and debate. Where do historical questions come from, and how do we answer them? How do we produce knowledge about historical events and processes? What theoretical models guide historians work? Emphasizes interdisciplinary approaches as well as concrete techniques in historical research. Required of all first-year graduate students.

HIST 5237 - Issues & Methods in Public History

Title: HIST 5237 – Issues & Methods in Public History

Instructor: Marty Blatt

CRN: 12456

Sequence: Thursdays, 4:30 – 7:00 PM

Description: Examines and analyzes major issues and methods in public history in the United States and the world. Topics include the nature and meaning of national memory and myth, the theory and practice of historic preservation, rural and land preservation and the organizational structures and activities associated with those efforts, the interrelationship of historical museums and popular culture, the history and organization of historic house museums, historical documentary filmmaking, historical archaeology in world perspective, interpreting “ordinary” landscapes, and the impact of politics on public history.

HIST 5238 - Managing Nonprofit Organizations

Title: HIST 5238 – Managing Nonprofit Organizations

Instructor: TBA


Sequence: Wednesdays, 4:30 – 7:00 PM

Description: Examines the management of nonprofit organizations, which include historical agencies, museums, archives, historic houses, and various special historical collections. The literature on historical administration is lacking in sufficient conceptual rigor to generalize about the inner and outer workings of a complex management organization. Since historical agencies and museums are complex organizations with missions and goals, and with policies and procedures for involving various “publics” in their activities, explores them as part of the changing and evolving organizational structure of a modern society. Covers public management with all of its institutional components and human complexities. Studies planning in the public sector, budgeting, fundraising, conflict resolution, and the human relations literature as it relates to becoming a functional and successful manager.

7000 Level Courses

HIST 7228 - Atlantic Connections

Title: HIST 7250 – Designing Exhibits

Instructor: Chris Parsons

CRN: 17503

Sequence: Thursdays, 4:30 – 7:00 PM

Description: Explores the interactions of Europe, the Americas, and Africa from the fifteenth through the seventeenth centuries. With background on societies in each region, the course proceeds through study of the developing concepts and practices of power, race, and gender as these emerged out of the initial encounters and early colonization, and as they led to reshaping of life in each region.

HIST 7314 - Research Seminar in World History

Title: HIST 7314 – Research Seminar on World History

Instructor: Robert Cross

CRN: 17504

Sequence: Tuesdays, 4:30 – 7:00 PM

Description: Gives students the opportunity to do research and write a paper that addresses historical issues and processes significant at a global scale. Discussions focus on what it means to be significant on a global scale, how to find and utilize relevant source material, and on previous scholarship relevant in helping shape questions and issues in our own work. Students also read and critique one another’s work. May be repeated up to four times.

HIST 7320 - Research Seminar in Cultural History of the United States

Title: HIST 7320 – Research Seminar in Cultural History of the United States

Instructor: Marty Blatt

CRN: 15686

Sequence: Tuesdays, 4:30 – 7:00 PM

Description: Requires students to conduct research and write an original paper that addresses historical issues in the cultural history—in particular the material culture—of North America.

HIST 7370 - Texts, Maps, and Networks: Readings and Methods for Digital History

Title: HIST 7370 – Texts, Maps, and Networks: Readings and Methods for Digital History

Instructor: Cameron Blevins

CRN: 15685

Sequence: Wednesdays, 4:30 – 7:00 PM

Description: Introduces the methods and practice of history in a digital age. Offers students an opportunity to see the wide variety of work being done computationally by historians and other humanists today and to obtain the background to be creative producers of new work and critical consumers of existing projects. The rise of computing technology and the Internet has the potential to reshape all parts of historical practice, from curation to research to dissemination. Examines the historian’s craft in three primary domains: the creation of digital sources, the algorithmic transformations that computers can enact on cultural materials like texts, and the new ecologies of publishing and scholarly communication made possible by new media.