The Research Seminar (3 credits)

  • The mandatory research seminar introduces students to the problems, materials, and research methods in the discipline; candidates must demonstrate their ability to use documents and other sources, and to write and defend papers based on such research.  Ideally, the seminar paper will be the nucleus of the MA thesis.

Historiography (3 credits)

  • Students are also required to take the Historiography seminar which involves an intense introduction to varieties of historical writing and the philosophic assumptions behind historical thinking. The Comparative History courses, which vary in focus from year to year, are designed to broaden student's knowledge and compensate for gaps created by specialization.

Readings and Topics Courses (4 courses, 3 credits each)

  • The purpose of the readings and topics courses is to introduce students to the main historiographical problems and secondary literature in their fields of specialization. Readings and topics courses require written work (approx. 3,000-4,000 words per course) from students as evidence of their growing mastery of secondary literature.

With the permission of the Graduate Advisor, students may take up to 6 credits of course work from outside the History Department in lieu of readings or topics courses.

Language courses may not be substituted for graduate readings courses.