History

Chair: Richard Veit, Department of History and Anthropology

Master of Arts in History (MA)

This program is designed to accommodate various types of students. Those who wish to specialize in European History, the History of United States, or the program’s new specialization, World History, and those who may wish to pursue a doctoral degree may elect to concentrate in any of those areas and to complete a master’s thesis. Others with a more general interest in the subject of history may elect to pursue a more broad-based program with the option of taking a comprehensive exam instead of writing a master’s thesis. The program is designed not only for recent college graduates, but also for secondary school teachers of history and social studies, and professionals in government, the military, and business.

Of the thirty credits required for this program, up to six graduate credits may be transferred from another institution.

Julius Adekunle, Professor (Graduate Faculty). BA, University of Ife, Nigeria; MA, University of Ibadan, Nigeria; PhD, Dalhousie University, Canada. Teaching fields include African history, Africa and its diaspora, and Western Civilization. Recent research on Nigerian history and society.
jadekunl@monmouth.edu

Kenneth Campbell, Professor (Graduate Faculty). BA, Virginia Commonwealth University; MA, PhD, University of Delaware. Teaching fields include English history, Medieval and early modern Europe, and history of witchcraft. Recent research on the English Reformation and religious nonconformity in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England.
campbell@monmouth.edu

Christopher DeRosa, Associate Professor (Graduate Faculty). BA, Columbia University; PhD, Temple University. Fields include military history and American political history. Recent research concerns the political indoctrination of American soldiers.
cderosa@monmouth.edu

Geoffrey Fouad, Assistant Professor (Graduate Faculty). BS, Catawba College; MS, University of South Florida; PhD, San Diego State University/UC Santa Barbara. Geographer using geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing, and modeling to study environmental systems in space and time.
gfouad@monmouth.edu

Katherine Parkin, Professor (Graduate Faculty). BA, Lake Forest College; PhD, Temple University. Major areas of interest include U.S. history and American women.
kparkin@monmouth.edu

Thomas Pearson, Professor (Graduate Faculty). BA, Santa Clara University; MA, PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Teaching fields include Russian history, Soviet and Russian foreign policy, comparative revolutions, nineteenth-centry Europe, and modern Eastern Europe. His most recent research has focused on government and peasantry in modern Russian history.
pearson@monmouth.edu

Maryanne Rhett, Associate Professor and History Graduate Program Director (Graduate Faculty). BA, University of South Carolina; MA, University of Arizona; PhD, Washington State University. Areas of teaching are Islam and the Middle East. Research focuses on the Balfour Declaration of 1917.
mrhett@monmouth.edu

Karen Schmelzkopf, Associate Professor (Graduate Faculty). BA, MA, Florida Atlantic University; PhD, Pennsylvania State University. Interests include Geographic Information Systems, land use policy, community organizations, and urban redevelopment. Current research projecs include community activism, politics of public space, and urban redevelopment issues in Asbury Park.
kschmelz@monmouth.edu

Richard F. Veit, Professor and Chair (Graduate Faculty). BA, Drew University; MA, College of William and Mary; PhD, University of Pennsylvania. Teaching areas include archaeology, historic preservation, North American Indians, and New Jersey history. Research interests include historical archaeology, industrial archaeology, and early American Material Culture. Author of Digging New Jersey’s Past: Historical Archaeology in the Garden State.
rveit@monmouth.edu

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HS-CPE   History Comprehensive ExamCredits: None   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

History Comprehensive Exam. This is a pass/fail course.

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HS-THD   Thesis DefenseCredits: None   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

History Thesis Defense. This is a pass/fail course.

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HS-501   Historical CriticismCredits: 3   

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): None

History as a scholarly discipline, with emphasis on historical interpretation and philosophy since Classical Antiquity, the evaluation of sources, and the rules of critical analysis. A research paper will be required.

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HS-502   The Philosophy of HistoryCredits: 3   

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): None

Analysis and appraisal of representative writings and philosophies of great historians from Classical Antiquity to modern times, reflecting the development of history as a scholarly discipline.

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HS-503   Introduction to the Study of World HistoryCredits: 3   

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): HSNW, HSWLD

Introduces students to the growing field of World History, surveying the developments in the field since the nineteenth century. Examines key concepts and methods, and explores major themes and categories of analysis, including empire, nationalism, gender, and law. Required of all students in the World History specialization.

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HS-504   Ancient Civilizations of Native AmericaCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): HSNW

Cultural developments in Mesoamerica and the Central Andes from the development of agriculture to the Spanish conquest, focusing on Inca and Aztec civilizations; theoretical exploration of developmental similarities between the two regions. Also listed as AN-504.

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HS-505   U.S. Women's HistoryCredits: 3   

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): HSUS

Explores U.S. Women's History and focuses on how women of different socioeconomic backgrounds, races, and ethnic groups have experienced cultural transformations and political change. Emphasis will be on the significance of citizenship, political agency, the cultural construction of race and gender, and reproductive rights.

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HS-506   Historical ArcheologyCredits: 3   

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): HSUS

An intensive introduction to historical and industrial archeology (c. 1492+). Topics covered include exploration, imperialism, colonization, industrialization and urbanism. Archeological field methods and the interpretation of material culture are also introduced. Also listed as AN-506.

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HS-510   Seminar in American HistoryCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): HSUS

Selected topics in American history, with emphasis on techniques of independent historical research and writing.

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HS-511   Readings on American Colonial HistoryCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): HSUS

Readings in recent writings in monographs and periodicals devoted to social, economic, and political aspects of American colonial history.

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HS-512   American Revolution and Constitutional Issues, 1763-1789Credits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): HSUS

Problems of Empire; the causes, course, and consequences of the American Revolution; the continuing revolution within the states and under the Articles of Confederation; and postwar struggles resulting in the adoption of the Constitution.

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HS-515   The Civil War and ReconstructionCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): HSUS

The economic, social, and political forces in the United States during the years 1850-1877 relating to the onset, nature, and impact of the Civil War and Reconstruction, and the Black Revolution.

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HS-516   Readings on Populism and Progressivism in AmericaCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): HSUS

A critical analysis of the reform impulses of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries with an emphasis on the various schools of interpretation.

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HS-517   Readings on Modern America, 1933-PresentCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): HSUS

Readings of pertinent historical literature (monographs and journal articles) dealing with United States history since the administration of F.D. Roosevelt.

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HS-518   United States Family HistoryCredits: 3   

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): HSUS

This seminar explores United States Family History and the social construction of the family, its many diverse forms, and the relationship between society and the family. Analyzing issues of race, class, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality will further enable us to consider the history of the family form. We will cover such diverse topics as the history of adoption, courtship, and divorce.

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HS-520   Field Methods ArchCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

An introduction to archaeological field methods: survey and excavation. Students will also learn excavation procedures, descriptive note writing, and drawing, and be introduced to archaeological photography, mapping, reporting, conservation and curation. Supervised fieldwork will be conducted on archaeological sites. Also listed as AN-520.

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HS-521   "All the Livelong Day": The Meaning of Work in Modern AmericaCredits: 3   

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): HSUS

Examination of content changes in the meaning of work in America through the twentieth century.

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HS-522   History Urbanization in AmericaCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): HSUS

Provides an interdisciplinary study of the history of urbanization and industrialization in the United States from the mid-nineteenth century to the early twentieth century. Using the themes of community, technology, public policy, and immigration, students will examine the development and changes in the social, physical, political, and economic urban landscape. Also listed as PS-522.

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HS-524   Twentieth Century United States Political HistoryCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): HSUS

Examines the twentieth century evolution of liberalism and conservatism, campaigns and elections, and congress and the presidency; considers critical elections, consensus and dissent, and the status of political rights through the progressive period, the Republican ascendancy, the New Deal, the Second World War, the Cold War, and Post-Cold War period.

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HS-525   World War IICredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): HSEU, HSUS

Considers the military, economic, and political characteristics of the Allied and Axis powers and the strategies they produced; examines the military campaigns, the wartime economics, life on the home fronts, the experience of combat, the dynamics of occupation, and the roles of morality and immorality in the conduct of the war.

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HS-526   The Cold WarCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): HSEU, HSUS, HSWLD

Examines the rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union that organized global politics for forty-five years; the roles of ideology, economy, and security that fueled it; the diplomacy, propaganda, and armed might used to wage it; and the impact it had on participants' politics and culture.

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HS-527   United States Military HistoryCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): HSUS

Surveys the American experience of war, from the first Native American-European contact through the military interventions at the dawn of the twenty first century; examines not only the major conflicts in this period, but also the evolution of strategy, military institutions, civil-military relations, and the "American way of war."

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HS-528   History of Consumerism in AmericaCredits: 3   

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): HSUS

A seminar that explores the origins of the consumer culture and the multitude of ways in which it has shaped American society. We consider both the reverence of and the critiques of consumerism, analyzing race, class, gender, ethnicity, and geography in our consideration of consumer ideology and practices. Advertising, marketing, sales, and the consumer will all be considered in our analysis of the history of consumerism.

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HS-529   History of Sexuality in AmericaCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): HSUS

A seminar that explores the cultural history of sexuality in the United States. We will consider how race, class, and gender have influenced ideas about sexuality, morality, and power. Major topics include prostitution; reproduction; gay, lesbian, and transgender sexualities; sexually transmitted diseases; and sexual representation and censorship. Working with monographs, scholarly articles, and primary sources that come from throughout American history, we will explore the ways in which sexuality has both shaped and been affected by this nation's history.

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HS-530   New Jersey HistoryCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): HSUS

A study of New Jersey history especially as a venue for exploring general trends in American history. Topics covered include New Jersey's Native Americans, colonial settlement, the proprietary government, agricultural unrest, the American Revolution, Federalism, slavery, industrialization, urbanization and suburbanization.

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HS-531   Studies in Ancient HistoryCredits: 3   

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): HSEU

Readings and discussion of principal aspects of Graeco-Roman culture, with emphasis on the contribution of Classical Antiquity to Western Civilization and recent research in the field.

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HS-532   Native American History and PrehistoryCredits: 3   

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): HSNW, HSWLD

Examines North America's native people in the area north of the Rio Grande. It combines North American prehistory with a historical overview of Native American experiences since contact. Evidence from archaeology, oral histories, and written sources are all presented. Challenges facing modern Native Americans are also examined. Also listed as AN-532.

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HS-533   The History of Public Policy in the United StatesCredits: 3   

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): HSUS

The objective is to survey major issues in domestic public policy. The emphasis is on changes in the process of policy formation in both the public and private sectors. Also listed as PS-533.

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HS-535   The RenaissanceCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): HSEU

Europe in transition from the fourteenth to the sixteenth century; the crisis of the church, humanism and art, politics and diplomacy, exploration and discovery, science and the occult.

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HS-536   The ReformationCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): HSEU

A study of sixteenth and early seventeenth century religious and political developments in Europe; causes of the Reformation, its political and social institutionalization, ideas of reformers, wars of religion, and the counter-Reformation.

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HS-537   Power and Enlightenment: Europe 1648-1789Credits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): HSEU, HSPRE

A study of European history from the Treaty of Westphalia to the French Revolution, emphasizing the contrast between political and military developments and cultural and intellectual trends. Special emphasis on the development of absolutism in France, Prussia, Austria, Spain, and Russia; the struggle against absolutism in Britain, Sweden, and the Netherlands; and the ideals and goals of the European enlightenment, developing social and political tensions, and enlightened despotism.

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HS-541   Graduate Seminar in European HistoryCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): HSEU

Selected topics in European history, with emphasis on techniques of independent historical research and writing.

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HS-542   French RevolutionCredits: 3   

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): HSEU

The causes of the Revolution; its relationship to the Enlightenment; the political, economic, social, and cultural consequences of the moderate phase and of the Terror.

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HS-544   The German Empire, 1871-1914Credits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): HSEU

The unification of the Empire; the political and social settlement imposed by Bismarck; the domestic crisis preceding World War I.

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HS-545   World War ICredits: 3   

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): HSEU

The international and domestic causes of the Great War; its political, economic, social, cultural, and psychological consequences in Britain, France, and Germany; its role in the birth of the modern age.

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HS-546   The Weimar Republic, 1918-1933Credits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): HSEU

The foundation of the first German republic as an outcome of revolution and defeat in war; its political and cultural innovations; the causes of its collapse.

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HS-547   The Third ReichCredits: 3   

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): HSEU

The ideological origins of Nazism; the consolidation and character of Nazi rule; the relation of Hitler with the German people; Nazism as revolution.

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HS-551   Graduate Seminar in British HistoryCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): HSEU

Selected topics in modern English and British history, with emphasis on techniques of historical research.

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HS-553   Tudor-Stuart EnglandCredits: 3   

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): HSEU

The political, religious, social, and cultural history of England in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries: Tudor absolutism, the English Reformation, the rise of Puritanism, social and economic change, the conflict between crown and Parliament, the English Civil War, and the Revolution of 1688.

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HS-561   Twentieth Century Russia and the Soviet UnionCredits: 3   

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): HSEU

Studies in the transformation of Russian society, with emphasis on the revolutionary movements and the economic, social, and political institutions of Soviet Russia.

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HS-562   History of Maps and MappingCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): HSEU, HSNW, HSWLD

Students will study the historical developments in cartographic technique, the development of mapping in different parts of the world, and the future of mapping in the computer age. Students will focus on the ways the events and ideology of a time period influence maps and mapping, and how in turn mapping influences history and ideology. Also listed an AN-562.

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HS-563   Twentieth Century East Central EuropeCredits: 3   

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): HSEU

The political, economic, and social development of the lands between Germany and Russia, emphasizing the breakdown of the Ottoman and Hapsburg empires, the rise of the independent successor states between the wars, the Soviet takeover in the post-war era, and the development of "national" communism and polycentrism.

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HS-572   The History of TourismCredits: 3   

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): HSEU, HSWLD

Students will study the history of tourism in different parts of the world from political, social, cultural, geographic, and economic perspectives. This will include an examination of historical differences in tourist attractions, tourist behaviors, and impacts on tourist destinations and their people. Students will also study how historical memory and interpretation shapes the contemporary tourist experience, as well as questions concerning authenticity and tourism. Also listed as AN-572.

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HS-573   Ecological ImperialismCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): HSWLD

Ecological History will examine the relationship between human society(ies) and the natural world over recorded time. As an interdisciplinary exercise this class will draw on the natural sciences, anthropology, and history to better understand the biological, cultural, imperial, ethical, economic, religious, political, and global ramifications of the relationship between humanity and humanity's "natural" surroundings. Also listed as AN-573.

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HS-575   Civilization of the AndesCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): HSNW, HSWLD

Survey of Andean history from the beginning of human settlement through the Inca Empire and the Spanish conquest to contemporary peasant society. The evolution and nature of pre-Columbian civilizations, focusing on Chavin, Paracas-Nazca, Huari-Tiahuanaco, Chimor, and the Inca. The social and political organization of the Inca Empire. The Spanish conquest and its impact on native culture. Contemporary social changes; rural migration and the transformation of contemporary Andean society. Theoretical exploration of the developmental trajectory of Andean civilization. Also listed as AN-575.

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HS-581   Seminar in East Asian HistoryCredits: 3   

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): HSNW

A study of selected topics in Chinese or Japanese history, with emphasis on techniques of historical research.

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HS-585   Seminar in African HistoryCredits: 3   

Course Type(s): HSNW

Analysis and appraisal of colonialism in Africa, reflecting on the political, economic, and sociocultural transformations, that occurred in Africa between 1880 and 1960. Also listed as AN-585.

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HS-587   Nationalism in AfricaCredits: 3   

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): HSNW, HSWLD

Examines a major episode that transformed the political history of Africa in the twentieth century. It discusses how nationalism became an instrument of political change that led to the independence of African states. Begins by examining the concept of nationalism in Europe, how it was applied in Africa, and how it contributed to the struggle for independence.

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HS-588   Decolonization in Africa 1940-1960Credits: 3   

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): HSNW, HSWLD

Examines the process of transfer of power from colonial powers to Africans; the emergence of education elites; the rise of nationalism; implications of decolonization; and African expectations of independence.

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HS-590   Paris, 1919: A World HistoryCredits: 3   

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): HSEU, HSWLD

Offers an examination of the Paris Peace Conference following World War I taking into account the ideologies and global themes of the time. Of particular interest, the course will examine nationalism, imperialism, state formation, militarism, and racism.

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HS-591   Graduate Seminar in the Modern History of Islamic PeoplesCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): HSNW

Selected topics in Islamic history in the Middle East, North Africa, and some areas of the Balkan Peninsula; political, social, and intellectual change, the rise of nation states, and cultural interaction with the West.

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HS-595   History Internship/PracticumCredits: 3   

Prerequisite: Completion of twelve graduate credits.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Provides graduate students with the opportunity to gain substantive career experience and build specific applied skills by working in outside programs, institutions, agencies and firms engaged in the fields of public history, historical archeology and anthropology and regional geography.

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HS-598   Special Topics in HistoryCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Allows students to study a specific aspect of history. The subject matter varies from semester to semester, and depends on the professor who teaches the course.

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HS-599   Independent Study in HistoryCredits: 3   

Prerequisite: Prior permission of the directing professor and department chair.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Reading and research leading to significant written work under the direction of a member of the History faculty.

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HS-690   History Master's ThesisCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Reading and research leading to significant written work under the direction of a history faculty member, for the completion of the Master's program in the history department. Each thesis will be supervised by a "first reader" and a "second reader". First readers must be full-time faculty with terminal degrees in the field. Registration for thesis credits is completed after a successful defense of a prospectus (thesis proposal). This is a pass/fail course.