Core Course Descriptions

HST 601 Historical Methods (3) - Required during Semester I
An introduction to the practice and the discipline of history, required of all first-year students.  In addition to exploring methodological issues, the course seeks to impart basic professional skills.  It will also serve as an introduction to History Department faculty and fields.

HST 602 History and Theories (3) - Required during Semester II
History and Theories is intended to stimulate reflection on the intellectual foundations of professional historical practice.  Students analyze the practice of history and its theoretical underpinnings as historically conditioned and contested.

HST 603 Research Seminar I (3) - Required during Semester II
HST 603 gives students an opportunity to conduct research in primary and secondary sources in a field of interest.  Students must complete the prospectus and set out a research plan for the summer (in consultation with the DGS and chief advisor).  More generally, during the course, students will work with their advisor as well as with the course instructor on their project or with the examination option in mind.  Toward the end of the term, the course instructor, the advisor and the student will meet to review student progress on the course project and toward the degree.  This meeting will determine suitability of the chosen topic, identify areas where further work is needed, and assess student preparation to move ahead with the thesis, project, or preparation for the examination.

HST 604 Research Seminar II (3) - Required during Semester III
HST 604 continues where HST 603 leaves off, and must be taken in sequence.  It provides students the opportunity to continue work towards the completion of their thesis, project or examination.  Students will typically build on their summer research and/or reading.  For sutdents working on a thesis or project, the requirement is the completion of either a chapter (thesis) or a substantial written portion (project).  Toward the end of the term, the course instructor, the advisor and the student will meet to review student progress on the course project and toward the degree.  This meeting will determine areas where further work is needed, and assess student preparation to move ahead toward completion of the degree requirements.

HST 670 Colloquium in History
These variable-topics courses are central to the graduate program.  Students are required to take two of these courses.  The colloquia are designed to familiarize students with a particular area of historical study through focused reading and writing.  Colloquia may include specialized methods, themes, theories, historiography, comparative dimensions, and limited research.

HST 677 Independent Study
HST 677 is an independent class arranged to meet specific needs not covered in regularly scheduled courses.  Students are expected to do an independent study with their advisor to gain advanced knowledge of their field and/or make preparations for their thesis/project or examinations.  When an independent study course is offered, the instructor and student sign a memorandum of agreement, stipulating a reading list and written assignments.  For example, students might read five books or the equivalent per credit hour, writing a paper or papers about the reading.  A form for this purpose is available from the department secretary.  This form is due prior to the start of the term for which the course is offered.  On behalf of the GSC, the DGS will examine and approve the memorandum.