College of Humanities and Social Sciences
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Other Concentrations

Enrichment Concentration

"Hands-on experience in the creative arts using a variety of technologies and media"

This concentration is for students who want to study history for intellectual self-fulfillment or vocational reasons. It allows more flexibility in the selection of courses and does not have a foreign language requirement. Students choose from one of three specializations: U.S. history, European history, or world history.

Degree Requirements (Catalog Year 2016-2017)

Students pursuing this degree must complete the requirements for one of the concentrations below. Approved concentrations are offered in the following areas:

  • predoctoral history
  • predoctoral history with an emphasis in cultural history
  • applied history
  • applied history with new media and information technology emphasis
  • enrichment
  • teaching

The first five concentrations require 30 credits of course work along with a specialization in U.S. history (AH), modern European history (EH), or world history (WH). The concentration in teaching requires 36 credits.

Students may be required to take up to 12 additional credits of foundation courses, which cover broad thematic areas (HIST 601, 602, 605, 606), to remedy gaps in their undergraduate preparation. If required as foundational, these credits cannot be applied toward the credits required for the degree.

If foundation courses are not required at admission, students in the concentrations in enrichment and teaching may apply up to one thematic course (3 credits) toward their degree. Students in the other concentrations may not apply these courses toward their degree.

The program does not permit a reduction of credit based on a previously conferred graduate degree. Students may apply no more than 6 credits earned through study abroad courses toward their degree.

◊ Concentration in Predoctoral History (AH1, EH1, WH1)

This concentration is for students planning to pursue doctoral studies. Students choose one of three geographic specializations and a chronological or thematic minor field within that specialization. Students complete coursework and a research seminar in their geographic specialization and an additional independent project or thesis in their minor field.

One required course (3 credits) taken within the first 9 credits

HIST 610 - The Study and Writing of History

Four courses (12 credits) in a geographic specialization

Specialization in U.S. history (at least 3 credits from each group)

Origins to 1861

HIST 613 - The Colonial Origins of American Society

HIST 618 - The Age of Jackson, 1815-1854

HIST 620 - Development of the Early Republic, 1783-1815

HIST 631 - Era of the American Revolution

HIST 661 - Religion in North America to 1870

HIST 615 - Problems in American History (when topic applies and with department approval)

Other appropriate course with department approval

1861-1914

HIST 617 - Topics in the American Civil War Era

HIST 622 - U.S. South Since 1865

HIST 629 - The Gilded Age and Progressive Era

HIST 633 - Reconstruction

HIST 662 - U.S. Religion since 1870

HIST 615 - Problems in American History (when topic applies and with department approval)

Other appropriate course with department approval

1914 World War I to the present

HIST 622 - U.S. South Since 1865

HIST 623 - Recent U.S. History, 1945 to Present

HIST 634 - Interwar America: 1918-1939

HIST 662 - U.S. Religion since 1870

HIST 677 - The Vietnam War

HIST 615 - Problems in American History (when topic applies and with department approval)

Other appropriate course with department approval

Specialization in European history (at least 3 credits from each group)

Ancient, medieval, early modern to 1789

HIST 642 - Humanism and the Renaissance

HIST 643 - Religion and Society in the Reformation Era

HIST 644 - Society and Culture in Early Modern Europe

HIST 645 - The Russian Revolution and the Origins of the Soviet State

HIST 635 - Problems in European History (when topic applies and with department approval)

Other appropriate course with department approval

1789-1914

HIST 637 - Great Britain: Empire to Commonwealth, 1870-1970

HIST 639 - Society and Politics in Western Europe, 1750-1914

HIST 640 - Metropolitan Cities of Europe in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

HIST 635 - Problems in European History (when topic applies and with department approval)

Other appropriate course with department approval

1914 to the present

HIST 637 - Great Britain: Empire to Commonwealth, 1870-1970

HIST 640 - Metropolitan Cities of Europe in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

HIST 645 - The Russian Revolution and the Origins of the Soviet State

HIST 635 - Problems in European History (when topic applies with department approval)

Other appropriate course with department approval

Specialization in world history (at least 3 credits from two regions)

Africa

HIST 565 - Problems in African History

Other appropriate course with department approval

Asia

HIST 555 - Problems in Asian History

Other appropriate course with department approval

Middle East

HIST 575 - Approaches to Middle East and Islamic History

HIST 585 - Problems in Middle Eastern History

Other appropriate course with department approval

Latin America

HIST 525 - Problems in Latin American History

Other appropriate course with department approval

One research seminar (3 credits) in a geographic specialization

HIST 711 - Research Seminar in U.S. History

HIST 731 - Research Seminar in European History

HIST 751 - Research Seminar in Comparative World History

Two courses (6 credits) in a minor field concentration

In consultation with the graduate director and other faculty, students identify a chronological or topical subspecialty and select two courses that relate directly to that subspecialty.

Language proficiency

Language proficiency sufficient to conduct primary source research in the student's intended area of concentration, as demonstrated by thesis or independent research project.

Project or thesis (6 credits)

Project and additional elective (6 credits)

HIST 798 requires the completion of a major paper that is a substantial and original contribution to historical knowledge on the model of an article in a scholarly journal.  If students choose to take HIST 798, they complete an additional 3 credits in their specialization.

HIST 798 - Directed Research and Writing in History

Thesis (6 credits)

HIST 799 - Thesis

Total: 30 credits

◊ Concentration in Predoctoral History with an Emphasis in Cultural History (AH5, EH5, WH5)

This concentration is for students with a particular interest in cultural history and students considering future work in the cultural studies doctoral program. Completion of this program of study does not guarantee admission to the doctoral program in cultural studies. Students interested in that degree program should contact the Cultural Studies Program.

One required course (3 credits) taken within the first 9 credits

HIST 610 - The Study and Writing of History

Four courses (12 credits) in a geographic specialization

Specialization in U.S. history (at least 3 credits from each group)

Origins to 1861

HIST 613 - The Colonial Origins of American Society

HIST 618 - The Age of Jackson, 1815-1854

HIST 620 - Development of the Early Republic, 1783-1815

HIST 631 - Era of the American Revolution

HIST 661 - Religion in North America to 1870

HIST 615 - Problems in American History (when topic applies and with department approval)

Other appropriate course with department approval

1861-1914

HIST 617 - Topics in the American Civil War Era

HIST 622 - U.S. South Since 1865

HIST 629 - The Gilded Age and Progressive Era

HIST 633 - Reconstruction

HIST 662 - U.S. Religion since 1870

HIST 615 - Problems in American History (when topic applies and with department approval)

Other appropriate course with department approval

1914 World War I to the present

HIST 622 - U.S. South Since 1865

HIST 623 - Recent U.S. History, 1945 to Present

HIST 634 - Interwar America: 1918-1939

HIST 662 - U.S. Religion since 1870

HIST 677 - The Vietnam War

HIST 615 - Problems in American History (when topic applies and with department approval)

Other appropriate course with department approval

Specialization in European history (at least 3 credits from each group)

Ancient, medieval, early modern to 1789

HIST 642 - Humanism and the Renaissance

HIST 643 - Religion and Society in the Reformation Era

HIST 644 - Society and Culture in Early Modern Europe

HIST 635 - Problems in European History (when topic applies and with department approval)

Other appropriate course with department approval

1789-1914

HIST 637 - Great Britain: Empire to Commonwealth, 1870-1970

HIST 639 - Society and Politics in Western Europe, 1750-1914

HIST 640 - Metropolitan Cities of Europe in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

HIST 635 - Problems in European History (when topic applies and with department approval)

Other appropriate course with department approval

1914 to the present

HIST 637 - Great Britain: Empire to Commonwealth, 1870-1970

HIST 640 - Metropolitan Cities of Europe in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

HIST 645 - The Russian Revolution and the Origins of the Soviet State

HIST 635 - Problems in European History (when topic applies and with department approval)

Other appropriate course with department approval

Specialization in world history (at least 3 credits from two regions)

Africa

HIST 565 - Problems in African History

Other appropriate course with department approval

Asia

HIST 555 - Problems in Asian History

Other appropriate course with department approval

Middle East

HIST 575 - Approaches to Middle East and Islamic History

HIST 585 - Problems in Middle Eastern History

Other appropriate course with department approval

Latin America

HIST 525 - Problems in Latin American History

Other appropriate course with department approval

One research seminar (3 credits) in a geographic specialization

HIST 711 - Research Seminar in U.S. History

HIST 731 - Research Seminar in European History

HIST 751 - Research Seminar in Comparative World History

One required course (3 credits) in cultural studies

CULT 802 - Histories of Cultural Studies

Two courses (6 credits) in a minor field concentration in cultural history

Courses must have a significant cultural history component as defined by the instructor.

Language proficiency

Language proficiency sufficient to conduct primary source research in the student's intended area of concentration, as demonstrated by independent research project.

3 credits of project

HIST 798 - Directed Research and Writing in History

Total: 30 credits

◊ Concentration in Applied History (AH2, EH2, WH2)

This concentration is for students seeking expertise in applied history fields, such as archival management, museum studies, historic preservation, and historical editing. It is also suitable for professionally employed historians who desire to further their careers.

One required course (3 credits) taken within the first 9 credits

HIST 610 - The Study and Writing of History

Four courses (12 credits) in a specialization

Specialization in U.S. history (at least 3 credits from each group)

Origins to 1861

HIST 613 - The Colonial Origins of American Society

HIST 618 - The Age of Jackson, 1815-1854

HIST 620 - Development of the Early Republic, 1783-1815

HIST 631 - Era of the American Revolution

HIST 661 - Religion in North America to 1870

HIST 615 - Problems in American History (when topic applies and with department approval)

Other appropriate course with department approval

1861-1914

HIST 617 - Topics in the American Civil War Era

HIST 622 - U.S. South Since 1865

HIST 629 - The Gilded Age and Progressive Era

HIST 633 - Reconstruction

HIST 662 - U.S. Religion since 1870

HIST 615 - Problems in American History (when topic applies and with department approval)

Other appropriate course with department approval

1914 World War I to the present

HIST 622 - U.S. South Since 1865

HIST 623 - Recent U.S. History, 1945 to Present

HIST 634 - Interwar America: 1918-1939

HIST 662 - U.S. Religion since 1870

HIST 677 - The Vietnam War

HIST 615 - Problems in American History (when topic applies with department approval)

Other appropriate course with department approval

Specialization in European history (at least 3 credits from each group)

Ancient, medieval, early modern to 1789

HIST 642 - Humanism and the Renaissance

HIST 643 - Religion and Society in the Reformation Era

HIST 644 - Society and Culture in Early Modern Europe

HIST 635 - Problems in European History (when topic applies and with department approval)

Other appropriate course with department approval

1789-1914

HIST 637 - Great Britain: Empire to Commonwealth, 1870-1970

HIST 639 - Society and Politics in Western Europe, 1750-1914

HIST 640 - Metropolitan Cities of Europe in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

HIST 635 - Problems in European History (when topic applies and with department approval)

Other appropriate course with department approval

1914 to the present

HIST 637 - Great Britain: Empire to Commonwealth, 1870-1970

HIST 640 - Metropolitan Cities of Europe in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

HIST 645 - The Russian Revolution and the Origins of the Soviet State

HIST 635 - Problems in European History (when topic applies and with department approval)

Other appropriate course with department approval

Specialization in world history (at least 3 credits from two regions)

Africa

HIST 565 - Problems in African History

Other appropriate course with department approval

Asia

HIST 555 - Problems in Asian History

Other appropriate course with department approval

Middle East

HIST 575 - Approaches to Middle East and Islamic History

HIST 585 - Problems in Middle Eastern History

Other appropriate course with department approval

Latin America

HIST 525 - Problems in Latin American History

Other appropriate course with department approval

One research seminar (3 credits) in a specialization

HIST 711 - Research Seminar in U.S. History

HIST 731 - Research Seminar in European History

HIST 751 - Research Seminar in Comparative World History

Two to three courses (6-9 credits) in applied history

These include courses in historic preservation, museum studies, archives, historical editing, or new media and information technology.

HIST 680 - Introduction to Digital Humanities

HIST 688 - Topics in History and New Media

HIST 689 - Teaching and Learning History in the Digital Age

HIST 690 - The Administration of Archives and Manuscripts

HIST 691 - Museum Studies

HIST 692 - Historical Editing

HIST 693 - Historic Preservation

HIST 694 - Digital Public History

HIST 695 - History Symposium

HIST 696 - Clio Wired: An Introduction to History and New Media

HIST 697 - Creating History in New Media

HIST 698 - Programming in History and New Media

Other appropriate course with department approval

3 or 6 credits of internship

If students chose to do a 3-credit internship, they will take an additional 3 credits in applied history course work from the list of courses above (HIST 680 - HIST 698).

HIST 794 - Internship in Applied History

Proficiency in a relevant research tool

Demonstrated by course work or exam in computers, statistics, or a modern foreign language

Total: 30 credits

◊ Concentration in Applied History with New Media and Information Technology Emphasis (AH4, EH4, WH4)

Students pursuing this concentration take:

One required course (3 credits) taken within the first 9 credits

HIST 610 - The Study and Writing of History

Four courses (12 credits) in a specialization

Specialization in U.S. history (at least 3 credits from each group)

Origins to 1861

HIST 613 - The Colonial Origins of American Society

HIST 618 - The Age of Jackson, 1815-1854

HIST 620 - Development of the Early Republic, 1783-1815

HIST 631 - Era of the American Revolution

HIST 661 - Religion in North America to 1870

HIST 615 - Problems in American History (when topic applies and with department approval)

Other appropriate course with department approval

1861-1914

HIST 617 - Topics in the American Civil War Era

HIST 622 - U.S. South Since 1865

HIST 629 - The Gilded Age and Progressive Era

HIST 633 - Reconstruction

HIST 662 - U.S. Religion since 1870

HIST 615 - Problems in American History (when topic applies and with department approval)

Other appropriate course with department approval

1914 World War I to the present

HIST 622 - U.S. South Since 1865

HIST 623 - Recent U.S. History, 1945 to Present

HIST 634 - Interwar America: 1918-1939

HIST 662 - U.S. Religion since 1870

HIST 677 - The Vietnam War

HIST 615 - Problems in American History (when topic applies and with department approval)

Other appropriate course with department approval

Specialization in European history (at least 3 credits from each group)

Ancient, medieval, early modern to 1789

HIST 642 - Humanism and the Renaissance

HIST 643 - Religion and Society in the Reformation Era

HIST 644 - Society and Culture in Early Modern Europe

HIST 635 - Problems in European History (when topic applies and with department approval)

Other appropriate course with department approval

1789-1914

HIST 637 - Great Britain: Empire to Commonwealth, 1870-1970

HIST 639 - Society and Politics in Western Europe, 1750-1914

HIST 640 - Metropolitan Cities of Europe in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

HIST 635 - Problems in European History (when topic applies and with department approval)

Other appropriate course with department approval

1914 to the present

HIST 637 - Great Britain: Empire to Commonwealth, 1870-1970

HIST 640 - Metropolitan Cities of Europe in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

HIST 645 - The Russian Revolution and the Origins of the Soviet State

HIST 635 - Problems in European History (when topic applies and with department approval

Other appropriate course with department approval

Specialization in world history (at least 3 credits from two regions)

Africa

HIST 565 - Problems in African History

Other appropriate course with department approval

Asia

HIST 555 - Problems in Asian History

Other appropriate course with department approval

Middle East

HIST 575 - Approaches to Middle East and Islamic History

HIST 585 - Problems in Middle Eastern History

Other appropriate course with department approval

Latin America

HIST 525 - Problems in Latin American History

Other appropriate course with department approval

One research seminar (3 credits) in a specialization

HIST 711 - Research Seminar in U.S. History

HIST 731 - Research Seminar in European History

HIST 751 - Research Seminar in Comparative World History

Two courses (6 credits) in new media and information technology

 Students should consult the department for relevant courses.

3 or 6 credits of internship in information technology

If students chose to do a 3-credit internship, they will take an additional 3 credits in applied history course work from courses numbered HIST 680 - HIST 698.

HIST 794 - Internship in Applied History

Proficiency in a relevant research tool

Demonstrated by course work or exam in computer science, statistics, information technology, or a modern foreign language

Total: 30 credits

◊ Concentration in Enrichment (AH3, EH3, WH3)

This concentration is for students who want to study history for intellectual self-fulfillment or vocational reasons. It allows more flexibility in the selection of courses and does not have a foreign language requirement.

One required course (3 credits) taken within the first 9 credits

HIST 610 - The Study and Writing of History

Four courses (12 credits) in a specialization

Specialization in U.S. history (at least 3 credits from each group)

Origins to 1861

HIST 613 - The Colonial Origins of American Society

HIST 618 - The Age of Jackson, 1815-1854

HIST 620 - Development of the Early Republic, 1783-1815

HIST 631 - Era of the American Revolution

HIST 661 - Religion in North America to 1870

HIST 615 - Problems in American History

(when topic applies and with department approval)

1861-1914

HIST 617 - Topics in the American Civil War Era

HIST 622 - U.S. South Since 1865

HIST 629 - The Gilded Age and Progressive Era

HIST 633 - Reconstruction

HIST 662 - U.S. Religion since 1870

HIST 615 - Problems in American History

(when topic applies and with department approval)

1914 World War I to the present

HIST 622 - U.S. South Since 1865

HIST 623 - Recent U.S. History, 1945 to Present

HIST 634 - Interwar America: 1918-1939

HIST 662 - U.S. Religion since 1870

HIST 677 - The Vietnam War

HIST 615 - Problems in American History

(when topic applies and with department approval)

Specialization in European history (at least 3 credits from each group)

Ancient, medieval, early modern to 1789

HIST 642 - Humanism and the Renaissance

HIST 643 - Religion and Society in the Reformation Era

HIST 644 - Society and Culture in Early Modern Europe

HIST 635 - Problems in European History

(when topic applies and with department approval)

1789-1914

HIST 637 - Great Britain: Empire to Commonwealth, 1870-1970

HIST 639 - Society and Politics in Western Europe, 1750-1914

HIST 640 - Metropolitan Cities of Europe in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

HIST 635 - Problems in European History

(when topic applies and with department approval)

1914 to the present

HIST 637 - Great Britain: Empire to Commonwealth, 1870-1970

HIST 640 - Metropolitan Cities of Europe in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

HIST 645 - The Russian Revolution and the Origins of the Soviet State

HIST 635 - Problems in European History

(when topic applies and with department approval)

Specialization in world history (at least 3 credits from two regions)

Africa

HIST 565 - Problems in African History

Asia

HIST 555 - Problems in Asian History

Middle East

HIST 575 - Approaches to Middle East and Islamic History

HIST 585 - Problems in Middle Eastern History

Latin America

HIST 525 - Problems in Latin American History

One research seminar (3 credits) in a specialization

HIST 711 - Research Seminar in U.S. History

HIST 731 - Research Seminar in European History

HIST 751 - Research Seminar in Comparative World History

One course (3 credits) in a field outside of geographic specialization

Students choose a course from U.S., European, or world history (listed above) that is not in their chosen specialization.

Three elective courses (9 credits)

Thesis Option

Students may optionally write a thesis. Students who choose this option complete only 3 credits of electives.

HIST 799 - Thesis

Total: 30 credits

◊ Concentration in Teaching (HS4)

This concentration is intended for students already licensed for teaching or seeking licensure. Although it includes course work in history and education, completion of this concentration alone is not sufficient to qualify for licensure. A licensure program is offered by the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD), and admission is limited. Students are advised to consult with CEHD for specific requirements regarding licensure.

One required course (3 credits) taken within the first 9 credits

HIST 610 - The Study and Writing of History

Six courses (18 credits) in history

  Choose at least one course (3 credits) each from U.S., European, and world history

One research seminar (3 credits) chosen from:

HIST 711 - Research Seminar in U.S. History

HIST 731 - Research Seminar in European History

HIST 751 - Research Seminar in Comparative World History

Four courses (12 credits) in graduate education courses, including:

EDCI 567 - Teaching Social Studies in the Secondary School

EDUC 522 - Foundations of Secondary Education

and two of the following

EDCI 667 - Advanced Methods of Teaching Social Sciences in the Secondary School

EDRD 619 - Literacy in Content Areas

EDUC 672 - Human Development and Learning: Secondary Education

Total: 36 credits

Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

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