Courses in M.A and M.S in History (Option III) - (Political Science)
Twelve-course program to be completed:
1. Required Courses (9 semester hours)
HIST 590 - Historiography and Historical Theory Hours: 3
The discipline of History has a long history and a diverse set ofpractitioners. This course samples this variety by discussing many of thefigures who have shaped the forms of historical writing in the Westerntradition from the ancient Greeks to the present day. Students willexamine the intent and purpose behind historical writing and look atconcrete examples of how theoretical positions manifest themselves inscholarship. Students will learn to identify the major themes,approaches, and interpretive stances taken by historians, developanalytic skills in identifying and critiquing the arguments ofprofessional historians, learn and deploy the terminology associated withhistorical argumentation, and apply these skills and terminology inwriting a field-specific historiographical review essay.
HIST 591 - Historical Methods Hours: 3
This course introduces students to the methods of historical research,including the framing of research questions; the location, analysis, andevaluation of sources; the construction of argument and counter-argument;and the presentation of results. The goal of this course is to guide eachstudent through the preparation of a conference-length paper orpublishable article as well as the process of proposing that paper to anappropriate conference or scholarly journal.
HIST 595 - Research Literature and Techniques Hours: 3
Required of students in Option II. This course requires an extensive investigation into a topic agreed upon by the student and instructor. The student will produce a historiographic essay and annotated bibliography under the direction of the instructor. Students must pass the History Department Qualifying Examination prior to enrollment.
Note The student is required to demonstrate competence in systematic research procedure.