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Course Descriptions

COMMON CORE COURSES

HIS 510 Historiography—Introduction to Research and Historiography
This course serves as an introduction to the craft of history. In addition to research methodologies, the course explores different “schools” and approaches to the study of the past.

HIS 610 Readings in American History
This seminar, which covers central themes and developments from 1607 to the present, will focus on the growth of national identity, the founding and preservation of the American republic, the crucible of slavery and its aftermath, the rise of the United States as a military and industrial power, and the struggle to create an inclusive society.

HIS 620 Readings in European History
This seminar follows the contours of an advanced course in the development of Western Civilization. The seminar is divided into two segments: from antiquity to the Renaissance; and from the Renaissance to the modern era. Readings will focus on principal themes and developments in the following areas or disciplines: political and social; economic; religious; scientific; diplomatic and military; and intellectual and cultural.

HIS 630 Readings in World History
While there will be appropriate selected readings taken from the classical civilizational cores of Egypt, Southwest Asia, India, China, and the Mediterranean, less studied areas (e.g., the Pre-Columbian Americas and Africa) will be examined as well. Much of the work will concentrate on the post-1500 world, generally—but by no means universally—agreed to be the true realm of global history. Political, social, economic, religious, and gender issues will be examined, with a particular emphasis on cross-cultural connections and patterns.

HIS 640 Visualizing History
Analysis of historical themes and topics (e.g., American immigration; 20th century American social and intellectual history; the Greco-Roman World; World Wars I and II) through readings, photography, painting, and film documentaries.

HIS 650 Oral History
Theme-based readings and practice in oral history (e.g., family history; labor and class history; gender history; African-American history; military history).

HIS 663 Readings in Special Topics in American, European, and Global History
This course examines aspects of a selected topic in American, European, or Global History. Sample titles might include the following: Readings in the History of Education; Readings in The History of Ideas; Readings in the History of the American Revolution; Readings in Film History; Readings in Roman History; Readings in Russian/Soviet History; Readings in British History; Readings in Asian History; Readings in African History. Students will be expected to read assigned literature, participate in class discussions, make presentations, and write book reviews.

HIS 700 History Elective*
Samples include “The Ordeal of Total War: World War II”; “England in the Late Middle Ages”; “China and Japan”; “American Intellectual History”; “U.S. Constitution in Crises”; “Colonial Latin America”; “The American Revolution”; “The Modern Middle East”; “Progressive Era to New Deal”; “Lincoln and the Civil War”; “America and World War I”; Explorers and Travelers of the 19th Century”; “Soviet Russia: Lenin to Stalin.”

HIS 710 History Elective*
Samples include “The Ordeal of Total War: World War II”; “England in the Late Middle Ages”; “China and Japan”; “American Intellectual History”; “U.S. Constitution in Crises”; “Colonial Latin America”; “The American Revolution”; “The Modern Middle East”; “Progressive Era to New Deal”; “Lincoln and the Civil War”; “America and World War I”; Explorers and Travelers of the 19th Century”; “Soviet Russia: Lenin to Stalin.”

HIS 760 Seminar: Integration and Applications of Research Strategies
This seminar is designed to allow students to pursue an advanced research project in either American, European, or global history. It also serves to prepare students for a comprehensive exam in their chosen area of concentration.

HIS 770 Thesis Direction I
Supervised research for students writing the M.A. thesis in order to develop a suitable thesis topic, to prepare a working bibliography, and to begin research.

HIS 771 Thesis Direction II
Supervised research for students writing the M.A. thesis in order to compose a detailed outline and to write a draft version of the thesis, followed by the submission of a final version.

*Can serve as a substitute for one of the following courses: HIS 640, 650, or 665.


Margaret M. McCoey, M.S.

George B. Stow, Ph.D.
Director

La Salle University
Graduate Programs in History
1900 West Olney Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19141 USA
Phone: 215.951.1097
E-mail: gradhis@lasalle.edu


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