Fall 2012


Isenberg            8101                       Introduction to US History                      R            5:30-8:00        GH 659
This course is designed to introduce graduate students to some of the key issues and central themes in US history and historiography through reconstruction. The readings and discussions will examine new and innovative scholarship as well as some durable classics.  The goal of this course is to familiarize students with long-standing, and sometimes, heated debates as well as new perspectives and new literature in the various fields and disciplines, and to sharpen analytical and writing skills and tools.

Farber              8109                         US Political History                                T            7:30-9:55         TUCC
This course is designed to explore modern United States political history. Topics will include American political development, social change movements, citizenship, and political institutions. Students will read key works in the field, examine critical source material, and develop political history themes, questions, and approaches.

Bruggeman       8151                          Material Culture                                    M           2:00-430           GH 913
Introduction to literature from several fields that uses artifacts to understand culture. Exploration of various theoretical approaches. Topics include architecture, folk art, photography, decorative arts, landscape design, historic preservation, and the use of interior space.

Talton          8701                       Making World Histories                                W            5:30-8:00           GH 913
This course is a review of the concept of World History and its historiography; an introduction to materials now available to the study of World History; and an introduction to key themes and conceptual frameworks in the study of World History.

Watt              8714                         Historical Methods                                     T             5:00-7:25           TUCC
This seminar is an introduction to the practice of professional history and to historical methodologies. One of the main purposes is to familiarize participants with the methodological and historiographical evolution of professional history. How has the approach of historians to their craft changed in the last century? What assumptions informed the decisions that have been made about how to study the past? In short, we study methodology because it is a way of approaching the questions that are central to historical scholarship: How do we know what has happened? How do we decide what matters? How do we best study the past? Whose version of history is authoritative?

Thompson      8800             Topics: Crime, Punishment, and Politics of Prisons    T          3:00-5:30          GH913
Drawing from the latest and most cutting-edge historical scholarship on America’s modern carceral state -- new studies on the history of incarceration, prisoner rights, the war on drugs, prison labor, sentencing, policing, immigration detention, etc. -- this course will ask students to look very closely at historical context and political moment when considering how the judicial system as well as prison system of this country evolved over the course of the late-19th and entire 20th centuries.

Urwin            8807                           Comparative History Modern Warfare         W        3:00-5:30           TUCC
Beginning with the emergence of armies and navies that can be considered "modern" because of the professional educational qualification of their officers, this course examines the historical literature dealing with warfare and armed forces around the world from the 17th century to the present.

Levitt              9153                          Archives & Manuscripts                              R          5:00-7:20         TUCC/APS
Second course of Archives sequence. Students, individually directed by the instructor, will undertake an in-depth research project. Investigations will concern some aspect of an operation or administration of archival institutions, or the care and preservation of records of historical significance

Wells                  9200                     Seminar in US History                                   R          5:00-7:30       GH 913
This is a general research and writing seminar in American history. Students engage in original research in a selected field and prepare an article-length paper. Students also explore various research techniques and gain experience in writing and editing for publication.