Spring Semester 2017-18

HST 433/533  Oral Tradition: History and Practice - MW 1:15-2:35
Dr. Nishani Frazier

Traces the use of oral tradition in historical writing and introduces theory and practice of oral history as a methodology basic to historical research.  This course will be an interactive research seminar that will explore how people remember and interpret the historical events of their lives, their community, and the world around them within the context of political, cultural, racial, and gender identity.  Students will explore various topics, including:  What is memory, how do we remember, the validity of memories, transmission of memories between generations, the impact of gender and race in the transition of memory, the oral tradition transformed into personal narrative, and how more atypical oral traditions can serve to illuminate our understanding of history.  These topics serve as a guide for understanding why oral history continues to be seen as a questionable source, even while providing unique and useful insight into the events of history.  This course will also investigate the notion of oral history, the contributions of oral historians, and the nuts and bolts guidelines of how to conduct an oral history interview for a paper and/or project.

HST 602  History and Theories - M 2:50-5:30
Dr. Wietse de Boer

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 - W 2:50-5:30
Dr. Daniel Prior

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 670S Colloquium:  Ritual and Ceremony in World History - T 2:50-5:30
Dr. Matthew Gordon