Fall Semester 2017-18

HST 435/535 Public History Practicum – MW 4:25-5:45

Dr. Helen Sheumaker

Public history is practical, applied history.  Move beyond the classroom and into the world where history and life intersect.  Research the lives of Miami University students of the 19th and 20th centuries who also served in the military.  You will be conducting intensive primary research and write several short essays for the MU Alumni Association website.  Women, minorities, men, generals to privates, career military to one-time service:  you'll uncover the fascinating lives of MU alumni and gain skills in writing life histories.  For the second half of the course, we will be conducting an investigation into race on campus before 1968 and creating an online exhibit.

HST/POL/RUS 436/536 Havighurst Colloquium:  Russian Revolution, Religion and Society – MW 11:40-1:00
Dr. Scott Kenworthy (Comparative Religion)

On the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, join us for an exploration of the social turmoil and political upheavals that led to the establishment of the world's first communist regime.  This interdisciplinary seminar focuses particularly on the clash between the militant atheist Bolsheviks and the various religious traditions of the Russian Empire (Christianity, Islam and Judaism).  The colloquium will feature lectures by historians from across the country who are currently researching the Russian Revolution.  The speakers will include Donald Raleigh (Professor of History, University of North Carolina), Matthew Payne (Associate Professor of History, Emory University), Nadieszda Kizenko (Professor of History, SUNY Albany), Catherine Evtuhov (Professor of History, Columbia University), and MIchael Hickey (Professor of History, Bloomsburg University).

HST 601  Historical Methods - M 4:25-7:05
Dr. Steven Conn

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 1:15-3:45
Dr. Amanda McVety

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 670Q  Graduate Colloquium - Historiography of a Movement--The 1960s - T 1:15-3:45
Dr. Nishani Frazier

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.