Fall Semester 2018-19

AMS/HST 435 Public History Practicum – MW 1:15-2:35
Dr. Helen Sheumaker
History Major:  United States

This course is a digital history project.  Our goal:  to investigate the lives of every student at Miami University from 1824 to 1864 who was from a southern state.  Accounts of the early history of Miami always note that between one-third to one-half of students were southern - and indeed, this is clear from the year the Civil War started on April 12, 1861.  The first part of the semester, each student will conduct basic research and help build a database of findings for future researchers.  Final  project will be an in-depth research paper on the life of one student of their choosing, following their family and their life after Miami.

Graduate students will identify and conduct a full-length research project related to Miami University history, Ohio History, and the 19th century, using materials from the MU Archives and Special Collections.

HST/POL/RUS 436 Havighurst Colloquium:  Russia Abroad: Homesick and Sick of Home – MW 11:40-1:00
Dr. Zara Torlone (Classics Department)
History Major:  Europe

HST 450J/550J  The Horse in Human History - WF 2:50-4:10
Dr. Daniel Prior

Horses appear throughout history as special helpers and counterparts of human beings in labor, war, and sport.  The image of the horse pervades many cultures, including our own--so that examining history from the perspective of human-horse relations is an endeavor that presents a host of appealing topics, but also challenging and even frustratiing puzzles for the methodical historian.  Early in the semester we will read and discuss an introductory set of books and articles dealing with the early domestication and use of the horse and other animals, the historiography of animal-human relations, questions of world history examined with special reference to the horse, and selected topical cases from different eras and regions, to suggest the breadth of possibilities for research.  The second part of the course will focus on completing an original piece of independent research on a topic of your own choosing, using the class as a forum and workshop.

HST 601  Historical Methods - T 1:15-3:55
Dr. Amanda McVety

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 604  Research Seminar II - M 2:50-5:30
Dr. Steven Conn

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 students 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 670A  Graduate Colloquium:  Capitalism
Dr. Lindsay Schakenbach Regele

HST 677  Independent Study (1-5 credit hours)

Independent study with a faculty member in History.  First-year students must take this course for at least 3 credit hours in the first semester.  May be repeated.  A paper form is required for registration.