Graduate Catalog 2010-12

History

 

Note: Additional work will be required for graduate credit in 400-level courses. 

HIST 431        Ancient Northeast Africa                                                                           3
Prereq.:  HIST 301 or permission of instructor. Aspects of the history and legacies of ancient northeast Africa with focus upon Nubia, Egypt, and Aksum. Irregular. 

HIST 433        History of Ancient Greece                                                                          3
Prereq.:  HIST 301 or permission of instructor. Greek institutions from the Mycenaean period to the accession of Constantine. Fall. 

HIST 434        History of Ancient Rome                                                                            3
Prereq.:  HIST 301 permission of instructor. Roman institutions from the regal period to the reign of Constantine. Spring. 

HIST 435        History of Early Medieval Europe                                                            3
Prereq.:  HIST 301 or permission of instructor. The Late Roman empire to the 11th century. Spring. (E) 

HIST 441        Renaissance & Reformation                                                                      3
Prereq.:  HIST 301 or permission of instructor. History of Europe during the Age of Transition and the Era of the Religious Wars, 1300-1648. Fall. (E) 

HIST 442        Absolutism and Enlightenment in Europe                                               3
Prereq.:  HIST 301 or permission of instructor. Social, economic, political, and cultural forces of the period in relation to formation of modern society and government. Spring. (E) 

HIST 443        Revolution and Reformation in Europe                                                   3
Prereq.:  HIST 301 or permission of instructor. Political, economic, and social institutions in relation to rise of liberalism, nationalism, socialism, and imperialism. Fall. 

HIST 444        Mass Politics and Total War in Europe                                                    3
Prereq.:  HIST 301 or permission of instructor. National and international problems of European states. Spring. 

HIST 445        Ideas & Culture in Europe, 1750-1870                                                    3
Prereq.:  HIST 301 or permission of instructor. Main currents of European thought and culture from 1650 to 1850. Irregular. 

HIST 446        Ideas and Culture in Europe, 1870-Present                                            3
Prereq.:  HIST 301 or permission of instructor. Main currents of European thought and culture from 1870 to the present. Irregular. 

HIST 447        History of the Soviet Union                                                                       3
Prereq.:  HIST 301 or permission of instructor. Study of the rise and fall of Soviet Communism, 1917-1991. Irregular. 

HIST 448        Stalin and Stalinism                                                                                    3
Prereq.:  HIST 301 or permission of instructor. Historical study of Stalin and Stalinism stressing multidisciplinary perspectives, considered in the light of the collapse of the Soviet Union. Irregular. 

HIST 455        Historical Representation in Latin America                                               3
Prereq.:  HIST 301 or permission of instructor. Throughout the twentieth century, intellectuals and artists have addressed historical and political issues in their work. This course studies that phenomena through historical documents, historical monographs, literary and artistic works using the methodology of the social history of ideas. Irregular.

HIST 458        United States Sectionalism: The Clash of Cultures                                  3
Prereq.:  HIST 301 or permission of instructor. Clash of Northern and Southern culture over the issues of slavery from 1787 to 1861. Emphasis on the attempt to quell sectional disputes through political compromise, the rise of abolitionism, and the creation of a Slave Power. Spring. 

HIST 460        African Enslavement in the Americas                                                       3
Prereq.:  HIST 301 or permission of instructor. Comparative history of slavery in Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States from 1492-1888. Fall. (O) 

HIST 465        Economic History of the United States                                                     3
Prereq.:  HIST 301 or permission of instructor. American economy from its agricultural beginnings through stages of its commercial, industrial, and financial growth. 

HIST 469        African Americans in the 20th Century                                                    3
Prereq.:  HIST 301 or permission of instructor. Political, economic, social, and cultural developments in Black America since 1900. Cross listed with AFAM 469. No credit given to students with credit for AFAM 469. Fall. (O) 

HIST 474        History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict                                                           3
Prereq.:  HIST 301 or permission of instructor. History of the Arab-Israeli conflict from the time of Israel's creation as a modern nation-state until the present. Spring. 

HIST 476        African History through Film                                                                    3
Prereq.:  HIST 301 or permission of instructor. Africa's past and present are viewed through a series of movies and intensive scholarly discussion of selected topics and themes. Readings are derived from current scholarly research on the various issues discussed. Irregular. 

HIST 481        The Jews of Poland                                                                                     3
Prereq.:  HIST 301 or permission of instructor. Topics include immigration and settlement, community development and rights and privileges before 1795, modernization, nationalism, anti-Semitism, independence, Polish-Jewish relations during the holocaust, exodus and marginalization in communist Poland, and the new Polish Jews. Fall. (E) 

HIST 482        The Polish-American Immigrant and Ethnic Community                       3
Prereq.:  HIST 301 or permission of instructor. Topics include immigration and settlement in the United States, organizational infrastructure, heroes and myths, homeland politics and national consciousness, labor, class, ethnicity, cultural assimilation and political integration, and stereotypes and ethnic identity. Spring. (O) 

HIST 497        Topics in History                                                                                        3
Prereq.:  HIST 301 or permission of instructor. Historical focus on a facet of history in order to help clarify current domestic and/or world developments. May be repeated with different topics for up to 6 credits. 

HIST 501        The Professional Historian                                                                        3
Prereq.:  Acceptance into the MA program in history or public history, or permission of department chair. Focus on major professional trends in history at both the academic and public history level, with a special focus on writing, research, and analysis of historical arguments and theories. Special conditions:  This is a mandatory course for all MA history and MA in public history graduate students. It should be taken within the first year of acceptance to the MA history and MA in public history program. Spring.

HIST 504        American Material Culture                                                                        3
Prereq.:  Acceptance into MA program in history or public history, or permission of department chair.  Studies material culture of artifacts, such as household utensils, furniture, buildings, and landscapes, throughout American history.  This is a linked course with HIST 404.  No credit given to students with previous credit for HIST 404. Fall.

HIST 505        Local History and Community Development                                             3
Prereq.:  Acceptance into MA program in history or public history, or permission of department chair. Research techniques and methodologies of local and community history. Explores the relationship between local and national developments. Students conduct research projects in New Britain and other area communities. This is a linked course with HIST 405.  No credit given to students with previous credit for HIST 405. Irregular.

HIST 510        Seminar in Public History                                                                          3
Exploration of development, methodologies, and employment opportunities of the field public history. Fall.

HIST 511        Topics in Public History                                                                             3
Topical knowledge and hands-on experiences in the practice of public history in fields such as oral history, museums, archives, and historical editing. May be repeated with different topics for a total of 9 credits. Spring.

HIST 512        Connecticut Encounters                                                                             3
Experience Connecticut's history through its buildings, landscapes, objects, and three-dimensional artifacts. Fieldwork and travel experience are an important part of the curriculum and narrative instruction will be carefully tied to site visits. May be repeated with different topics for a total of 6 credits. Summer.

HIST 521        Public History Internship                                                                           3
Prereq.:  Completion of at least 21 credits in the student's planned program of study or permission of instructor. Hands-on experience in the practice of Public History. Students will work for private and public agencies utilizing their skills acquired in coursework. On demand.

HIST 540        Seminar in European History                                                          3 OR 6
Selected problems in historical research. Irregular.

HIST 545        History of South Africa since 1900                                                           3
Focus on South Africa since 1900 with emphasis on the rise and fall of apartheid and multifaceted dimensions of the liberation struggle and the process of democratization. Irregular.

HIST 560        Seminar in American History                                                           3 OR 6
Selected problems in historical research. Irregular.

HIST 563        The Age of Jackson                                                                                     3
Investigates the major events, figures, and political struggles of the Jacksonian Period. Irregular.

HIST 565        Seminar in 17th- and 18th-Century America                                          3
Topics in 17th- and 18th-century American history. Irregular.

HIST 566        Civil War and Reconstruction in the United States                                 3
Prereq.:  Acceptance into the MA program in history or public history, or permission of department chair. Topics and themes of the Civil War and Reconstruction eras in the United States. Irregular.

HIST 571        History of Sex, Gender, and Health in Modern United States                3
Examines historical issues concerning the relationship among sex, gender, and modern medicine. Looks at sex as a subject of scientific study, and gender as an analytic category. Explores men's and women's interactions with the health sector, the social and gender construction of disease, and the  politics of women's health. Irregular.

HIST 580        Seminar in Non-Western History                                                             3
Selected problems in historical research specific to areas of the world other than the United States and Europe. May be repeated with different topics for a maximum of 6 credits. Irregular.

HIST 583          Seminar in Latin American History                                                            3
Prereq.:  Permission of instructor. Selected historical, political, social, cultural, or economic topics. Irregular.

HIST 590        Teaching American History                                                                       3
Prereq.:  Acceptance into the History is Central Teaching American History grant project; permission of program director. Covers one of the major themes of the grant, either social movements, social change:  the story of American freedom; technology and industry:  changing economy; changing society, or American ideals in a changing nation. Students will explore the newest historiography on the theme and to discover new and effective methods to teach American history. Students will produce lesson plans and historiographic papers, participate in primary source research, and discuss a variety of readings. Summer.

HIST 593        Directed Study in History                                                                          3
Prereq.:  Permission of graduate advisor and instructor. Selected readings and project appropriate to student's major field. Open only to students in M.S. program. Irregular.

HIST 595        Public History Research Project (Plan C)                                                 3
Prereq.:  Permission of instructor; completion of 18 credits; and a 3.00 overall GPA. Hands-on experience in the practice of public history. Students complete specialized projects based on client-oriented research and communicate their findings to non-academic audiences. Spring.

HIST 596        Directed Advanced Readings in History                                                  3
Prereq.:  Permission of department chair. Selected readings appropriate to student's program. May be repeated once. On demand.

HIST 599        Thesis (Plan A)                                                                                            6
Prereq.:  Permission of advisor and completion of 18 credits and a 3.00 overall GPA. Preparation of thesis under the supervision of the thesis advisor and second reader.

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