HIST 797: Research Seminar in History

HIST 797-DL2: War and Modern Society
(Fall 2023)

07:20 PM to 10:00 PM W


Section Information for Fall 2023

HIST 797 - DL2: War and Modern Society

HIST 797 is the required research seminar for master's students. The goals of the course are to: 

  • develop the skills of an historian; 
  • produce an article-length research paper that makes an original contribution to knowledge; 
  • present research to the class; 
  • assist other students with their work. 

The course theme of “war and modern society” enables students to explore armed conflict and its closely related effects in any society, 1500-present. In choosing a research topic, students should be realistic about their own skills, especially language (if you work on a foreign topic, you must be able to conduct research in the relevant languages); my ability to help (I am a US historian); and the availability of source material.  

The prerequisite for HIST 797 is HIST 610. However, students may wish to delay taking HIST 797 until they have completed a few seminars, so that they have a strong foundation in the literature of a given topic. Because students are charged with producing new knowledge in HIST 797, and because substantial familiarity with the existing literature of a subject is required to establish the originality of one’s work, students should choose a research topic within a field that they know well, in terms of scholarly literature. Students are encouraged, but not required, to do some preliminary thinking about their research topic prior to the start of the course, and they are invited to contact me to discuss their ideas once they are registered for the course. 

While class sessions will be held synchronously online and can be attended from anywhere in the world, students are expected to have access to and borrowing privileges from a library, preferably a research library. The standard of research quality by which students will be evaluated will not change, even if a student does not have access to a research library. 



HIST 797 DL2 is an online live video section.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Research in specialized topics using primary sources. May be repeated for credit when topic is different, or with same topic with permission of the department. Equivalent to HIST 711.
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
Recommended Prerequisite: HIST 610 or permission of department.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non-Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Cultural Studies, Education (Community College) or History.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lec/Sem #1, Lec/Sem #2, Lec/Sem #3, Lec/Sem #4, Lec/Sem #5, Lec/Sem #6, Lec/Sem #7, Lec/Sem #8, Lec/Sem #9, Sem/Lec #10, Sem/Lec #11, Sem/Lec #12, Sem/Lec #13, Sem/Lec #14, Sem/Lec #15, Sem/Lec #16, Sem/Lec #17, Sem/Lec #18, Seminar
This course is graded on the Graduate Regular scale.

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