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Other Concentrations

Predoctoral History Concentration

This concentration is for students planning to pursue doctoral studies. Students choose one of three specializations and take most of their coursework, a seminar, and a readings course in that specialization.

Students can also choose an emphasis in cultural studies. This emphasis is for students with a particular interest in cultural history and students considering future work in the cultural studies doctoral program. Completion of this emphasis does not guarantee admission into the doctoral program. Those interested in enrolling in that program should contact the Cultural Studies Program.

The University Catalog is the authoritative source for information on program requirements and courses. The Schedule of Classes is the authoritative source for information on classes scheduled for this semester. See the Schedule for the most up-to-date information and see Patriot web to register for classes. Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

Degree Requirements (Catalog Year 2016-2017)

Students pursuing this degree must complete the requirements for one of the concentrations below. Approved concentrations are offered in the following areas:

The first five concentrations require 30 credits of course work along with a specialization in U.S. history (AH), modern European history (EH), or world history (WH). The concentration in teaching requires 36 credits.

Students may be required to take up to 12 additional credits of foundation courses, which cover broad thematic areas (HIST 601, 602, 605, 606), to remedy gaps in their undergraduate preparation. If required as foundational, these credits cannot be applied toward the credits required for the degree.

If foundation courses are not required at admission, students in the concentrations in enrichment and teaching may apply up to one thematic course (3 credits) toward their degree. Students in the other concentrations may not apply these courses toward their degree.

The program does not permit a reduction of credit based on a previously conferred graduate degree. Students may apply no more than 6 credits earned through study abroad courses toward their degree.

◊ Concentration in Predoctoral History (AH1, EH1, WH1)

This concentration is for students planning to pursue doctoral studies. Students choose one of three geographic specializations and a chronological or thematic minor field within that specialization. Students complete coursework and a research seminar in their geographic specialization and an additional independent project or thesis in their minor field.

One required course (3 credits) taken within the first 9 credits

HIST 610 - The Study and Writing of History Credits: 3

Four courses (12 credits) in a geographic specialization

Specialization in U.S. history (at least 3 credits from each group)

Origins to 1861

HIST 613 - The Colonial Origins of American Society Credits: 3

HIST 618 - The Age of Jackson, 1815-1854 Credits: 3

HIST 620 - Development of the Early Republic, 1783-1815 Credits: 3

HIST 631 - Era of the American Revolution Credits: 3

HIST 661 - Religion in North America to 1870 Credits: 3

HIST 615 - Problems in American History Credits: 1-6(when topic applies and with department approval)

Other appropriate course with department approval

1861-1914

HIST 617 - Topics in the American Civil War Era Credits: 3

HIST 622 - U.S. South Since 1865 Credits: 3

HIST 629 - The Gilded Age and Progressive Era Credits: 3

HIST 633 - Reconstruction Credits: 3

HIST 662 - U.S. Religion since 1870 Credits: 3

HIST 615 - Problems in American History Credits: 1-6(when topic applies and with department approval)

Other appropriate course with department approval

1914 World War I to the present

HIST 622 - U.S. South Since 1865 Credits: 3

HIST 623 - Recent U.S. History, 1945 to Present Credits: 3

HIST 634 - Interwar America: 1918-1939 Credits: 3

HIST 662 - U.S. Religion since 1870 Credits: 3

HIST 677 - The Vietnam War Credits: 3

HIST 615 - Problems in American History Credits: 1-6 (when topic applies and with department approval)

Other appropriate course with department approval

Specialization in European history (at least 3 credits from each group)

Ancient, medieval, early modern to 1789

HIST 642 - Humanism and the Renaissance Credits: 3

HIST 643 - Religion and Society in the Reformation Era Credits: 3

HIST 644 - Society and Culture in Early Modern Europe Credits: 3

HIST 645 - The Russian Revolution and the Origins of the Soviet State Credits: 3

HIST 635 - Problems in European History Credits: 3 (when topic applies and with department approval)

Other appropriate course with department approval

1789-1914

HIST 637 - Great Britain: Empire to Commonwealth, 1870-1970 Credits: 3

HIST 639 - Society and Politics in Western Europe, 1750-1914 Credits: 3

HIST 640 - Metropolitan Cities of Europe in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries Credits: 3

HIST 635 - Problems in European History Credits: 3 (when topic applies and with department approval)

Other appropriate course with department approval

1914 to the present

HIST 637 - Great Britain: Empire to Commonwealth, 1870-1970 Credits: 3

HIST 640 - Metropolitan Cities of Europe in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries Credits: 3

HIST 645 - The Russian Revolution and the Origins of the Soviet State Credits: 3

HIST 635 - Problems in European History Credits: 3 (when topic applies with department approval)

Other appropriate course with department approval

Specialization in world history (at least 3 credits from two regions)

Africa

HIST 565 - Problems in African History Credits: 3

Other appropriate course with department approval

Asia

HIST 555 - Problems in Asian History Credits: 3

Other appropriate course with department approval

Middle East

HIST 575 - Approaches to Middle East and Islamic History Credits: 3

HIST 585 - Problems in Middle Eastern History Credits: 3

Other appropriate course with department approval

Latin America

HIST 525 - Problems in Latin American History Credits: 3

Other appropriate course with department approval

One research seminar (3 credits) in a geographic specialization

HIST 711 - Research Seminar in U.S. History Credits: 3

HIST 731 - Research Seminar in European History Credits: 3

HIST 751 - Research Seminar in Comparative World History Credits: 3

Two courses (6 credits) in a minor field concentration

In consultation with the graduate director and other faculty, students identify a chronological or topical subspecialty and select two courses that relate directly to that subspecialty.

Language proficiency

Language proficiency sufficient to conduct primary source research in the student's intended area of concentration, as demonstrated by thesis or independent research project.

Project or thesis (6 credits)

Project and additional elective (6 credits)

HIST 798 requires the completion of a major paper that is a substantial and original contribution to historical knowledge on the model of an article in a scholarly journal.  If students choose to take HIST 798, they complete an additional 3 credits in their specialization.

HIST 798 - Directed Research and Writing in History Credits: 3

Thesis (6 credits)

HIST 799 - Thesis Credits: 1-6

Total: 30 credits

◊ Concentration in Predoctoral History with an Emphasis in Cultural History (AH5, EH5, WH5)

This concentration is for students with a particular interest in cultural history and students considering future work in the cultural studies doctoral program. Completion of this program of study does not guarantee admission to the doctoral program in cultural studies. Students interested in that degree program should contact the Cultural Studies Program.

One required course (3 credits) taken within the first 9 credits

HIST 610 - The Study and Writing of History Credits: 3

Four courses (12 credits) in a geographic specialization

Specialization in U.S. history (at least 3 credits from each group)

Origins to 1861

HIST 613 - The Colonial Origins of American Society Credits: 3

HIST 618 - The Age of Jackson, 1815-1854 Credits: 3

HIST 620 - Development of the Early Republic, 1783-1815 Credits: 3

HIST 631 - Era of the American Revolution Credits: 3

HIST 661 - Religion in North America to 1870 Credits: 3

HIST 615 - Problems in American History Credits: 1-6 (when topic applies and with department approval)

Other appropriate course with department approval

1861-1914

HIST 617 - Topics in the American Civil War Era Credits: 3

HIST 622 - U.S. South Since 1865 Credits: 3

HIST 629 - The Gilded Age and Progressive Era Credits: 3

HIST 633 - Reconstruction Credits: 3

HIST 662 - U.S. Religion since 1870 Credits: 3

HIST 615 - Problems in American History Credits: 3 (when topic applies and with department approval)

Other appropriate course with department approval

1914 World War I to the present

HIST 622 - U.S. South Since 1865 Credits: 3

HIST 623 - Recent U.S. History, 1945 to Present Credits: 3

HIST 634 - Interwar America: 1918-1939 Credits: 3

HIST 662 - U.S. Religion since 1870 Credits: 3

HIST 677 - The Vietnam War Credits: 3

HIST 615 - Problems in American History Credits: 1-6 (when topic applies and with department approval)

Other appropriate course with department approval

Specialization in European history (at least 3 credits from each group)

Ancient, medieval, early modern to 1789

HIST 642 - Humanism and the Renaissance Credits: 3

HIST 643 - Religion and Society in the Reformation Era Credits: 3

HIST 644 - Society and Culture in Early Modern Europe Credits: 3

HIST 635 - Problems in European History Credits: 3 (when topic applies and with department approval)

Other appropriate course with department approval

1789-1914

HIST 637 - Great Britain: Empire to Commonwealth, 1870-1970 Credits: 3

HIST 639 - Society and Politics in Western Europe, 1750-1914 Credits: 3

HIST 640 - Metropolitan Cities of Europe in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries Credits: 3

HIST 635 - Problems in European History Credits: 3 (when topic applies and with department approval)

Other appropriate course with department approval

1914 to the present

HIST 637 - Great Britain: Empire to Commonwealth, 1870-1970 Credits: 3

HIST 640 - Metropolitan Cities of Europe in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries Credits: 3

HIST 645 - The Russian Revolution and the Origins of the Soviet State Credits: 3

HIST 635 - Problems in European History Credits: 3 (when topic applies and with department approval)

Other appropriate course with department approval

Specialization in world history (at least 3 credits from two regions)

Africa

HIST 565 - Problems in African History Credits: 3

Other appropriate course with department approval

Asia

HIST 555 - Problems in Asian History Credits: 3

Other appropriate course with department approval

Middle East

HIST 575 - Approaches to Middle East and Islamic History Credits: 3

HIST 585 - Problems in Middle Eastern History Credits: 3

Other appropriate course with department approval

Latin America

HIST 525 - Problems in Latin American History Credits: 3

Other appropriate course with department approval

One research seminar (3 credits) in a geographic specialization

HIST 711 - Research Seminar in U.S. History Credits: 3

HIST 731 - Research Seminar in European History Credits: 3

HIST 751 - Research Seminar in Comparative World History Credits: 3

One required course (3 credits) in cultural studies

CULT 802 - Histories of Cultural Studies Credits: 3

Two courses (6 credits) in a minor field concentration in cultural history

Courses must have a significant cultural history component as defined by the instructor.

Language proficiency

Language proficiency sufficient to conduct primary source research in the student's intended area of concentration, as demonstrated by independent research project.

3 credits of project

HIST 798 - Directed Research and Writing in History Credits: 3

Total: 30 credits

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