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Graduate History Curriculum

Requirements for the Master of Arts in History:

     1. Completion of 33 to 36 ( including up to six thesis hours) with a cumulative grade
        point average of 3.0 or higher.

     2. Required major courses:

           a.  HISG 5000 (must be taken in first year of graduate study)

           b.  One seminar course chosen from HISG 5010, 5020, 5040, 5050.  

       c.  Completion of the following:

           (1) A minimum of 21 hours of history in a major area and a minimum of 9 hours of an
                internal minor of history related to the major area.

           (2) A minimum of 21 hours of history in a major area and 9 hours of an
                external minor in any department that offers a graduate degree.

     3.  Successful completion of a reading proficiency examination in a 
          foreign language or completion of a computer language course.

     4.  Successful completion of a comprehensive written examination.

     5.  Successful completion of a research thesis with up to 6 hours credit (HISG 5900),
          including passing an oral examination. 


Graduate Course Descriptions

HISG 5000. Historical Method and Bibliography (3) An examination of the methods of research used by historians and schools of historical interpretation.

HISG 5010. Seminar in European History (3) An investigation of the main trends in the economic and social history of Europe since 1750. Emphasis on the new approaches in the field and current innovative research developments.

HISG 5020. Seminar in United States History (3) An investigation of special topics in American history with emphasis on research and dialogue with peers.

HISG 5040. Seminar in African History (3) An investigation of special topics in African history with concentration on the research and writing of a peer_critiqued research paper.

HISG 5050. Seminar in Afro_American History (3) An investigation of special topics in Afro_American history with emphasis on research and dialogue with peers.

HISG 5100. Independent Readings in European History (3) An examination through individuals and independent in_depth readings on some topic in European history.

HISG 5130. European History, 1815_1914 (3) An intensive study of the period, 1815_1914. Relatively equal emphasis is placed on economic, political, cultural, and social developments.

HISG 5140. European History Since 1914 (3) An intensive study of the political, economic, social, and intellectual developments in Europe since 1914.

HISG 5155. Problems in European History, 1750_1870 (3) An analysis of central problems in European history. Particular attention is placed on polemical issues that are the subject of changing historiographical interpretations.

HISG 5160. Topics in the Expansion of Europe (3) An examination of the extension of European culture overseas. Special emphasis will be placed on the case studies of Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, the Americas, and the Pacific.

HISG 5170. The New Europeans: Race and Ethnic Minorities in Contemporary Europe (3) This course is an examination of the status and experiences of racial and ethnic immigrants in contemporary Europe.  The course analyzes the various patterns of movement and settlement of ethnic minorities in Europe during the twentieth century.  It also examines how how societies responded to their presence and the formation of public policy.  Finally, the course addresses significant issues related to Transnational Migration and global race relations.

HISG 5200. Independent Readings in American History (3) An examination through Individual and independent in_depth readings on topics in American history.

HISG 5210. U.S. History: Colonial Period to the Age of Jackson (3) An in_depth study of different interpretations of the many facets of United States history from colonial times to the "Age of Jackson."

HISG 5220. U.S. History: Age of Jackson to 1900 (3) An analysis of varying interpretations and studies of American history from the 1820's to 1900.

HISG 5230. United States Since 1900 (3) An analysis of selected topics dealing with big business; American imperialism; the Progressive Movement; the quest for social justice among American minorities; economic, political, and social patterns in the aftermath of World War I and World War II; internationalism; and the contemporary scene.

HISG 5320. History of North Carolina (3) An intensive study of the historical, political, economic, cultural, and social developments of North Carolina from its colonial beginnings to the present day.

HISG 5400. Independent Readings in African History (3) An examination through individual and independent in_depths readings on topics in African history.

HISG 5410. History of East and Central Africa (3) A study of the indigenous peoples of eastern and central Africa and their interactions with non_African peoples and cultures.

HISG 5420. History of West Africa (3) A study of West African history, including a discussion of the rise of West African states, the effects of the Atlantic slave trade on these states, the history of West Africa during the period of European colonialism, and West African independence.

HISG 5440. History of Southern Africa (3) A survey of the peoples and states of southern Africa from the earliest times to the present. Includes a discussion of southern African resistance to the partitioning and colonial rule, white_black conflict, and problems in modern southern Africa.

HISG 5460. Independent Africa (3) An examination of some of the problems facing Africa today. Includes a discussion of underdevelopment, urbanization, elitism, Christianity and Islam vs. traditional religion, and education as they affect social change on the continent.

HISG 5500. Independent Readings in Afro_American History (3) An examination through individual in_depth readings on some topic in Afro_American history.

HISG 5510. Problems in Afro_American History to 1865 (3) An intensive study of selected problems in Afro_American history to 1865.

HISG 5520. Problems in Afro_American History Since 1865 (3) An intensive study of selected problems in Afro_American history since 1865.

HISG 5530. Black Americans in the Twentieth Century (3) An in_depth study of selected topics in 20th century Afro_American history.

HISG 5610. Problems in Latin American History (3) An in_depth study of the Latin American struggle for social integration, nationhood, economic independence, democracy, political stability, and diplomatic identity within the Inter_American system.

HISG 5630. Modern Mexico (3) An examination of Mexico's social, political, and economic history since the time of its independence from Spain to the present, with an emphasis on Mexico's revolution and Mexican_U.S. relations.

HISG 5700. Introduction to Oral History (3) The course is designed to encourage students to research, write, and critically think about the components of oral history methodology and documentary techniques.

HISG 5710. Introduction to Public History (3) An introduction to the three main features of Public History: people’s history, cultural resource management, and applied history.  Emphasis will be placed upon making history usable, accessible, and service-oriented to a broad general public.

HISG 5712. Internship in Public History (3) This course explores the essential question of, “What are the opportunities and challenges in the growing field of Public History?” In addition to studying the literature in the field students will find that internships are excellent opportunities to gain hands on experience and identify careers they would like to pursue.

HISG 5720. Introduction to Archives and Manuscripts (3) An introduction to the theory and practice of managing archives documents, such as personal papers, institutional records, photographs, electronic records, and other unpublished materials.  Topics covered include manuscript and records acquisitions and appraisal, arrangement and description, conservation and preservation, reference, and access.

HISG 5722. Archives and Records Management (3) An examination of the responsibilities of archivists and records managers.  The course will provide students with an historical foundation for understanding contemporary record-keeping practices.

HISG 5724. Archives and the African American Community (3) An examination of the documentation of the African American community; both men and women, family roles, class identities, political conflicts, and gender, racial and ethnic relations.  The course will also address legal, policy, and ethical issues surrounding archives and the collection of African American historical materials.

HISG 5726. Archives Appraisal: Themes, Issues, Scholarship (3) An examination of the theory, polices, and procedures archivists use to identify, evaluate, acquire, and authenticate records and papers, in all formats, which have enduring value to records creators, institutions, researchers, and society.

HISG 5728. Archival Arrangement and Description (3) An in-depth analysis of contemporary theories, methodologies, and models for arranging, describing, and providing access to archival documents.

HISG 5730. Seminar in Race and Public History: A View from the Diaspora (3) An examination of different ways in which individuals and institutions within indigenous cultures are attempting to understand and reconcile the contested terrains of their historical past within the sensitivity of their own time and culture.  Part of the course will examine African American efforts in the United States.  A second part is reserved for exploration of historical agency in Africa and the Caribbean.

HISG 5736. Collection Management (3) The course is designed to provide students with the necessary skills to develop a collection management plan based on a museum’s institutional mission.  The course explores the basic principles of accessioning and deaccessioning artifacts for museum collections; the technical aspects of handling, storing and exhibiting a variety of materials, including registration and cataloging procedures, writing condition reports, and crating and shipping artifacts.

HISG 5738. Museum Interpretation (3) An examination of the principles of interpreting history to the public through and analysis of the professional practices of exhibition development for museums and historic sites.

HISG 5740 Education and Public Programs (3) An examination of the methods by which museums and historic sites, both public and private, identify and serve their respective communities through educational programming.

HISG 5742 Leadership in Museums: Administration and Historic Site Management (3) An in-depth study of the basic principles in the administration of museums, historic sites, cultural centers and other cultural institutions.  The course will incorporate case studies of museum administrative programs on the local, state, and national level.

HISG 5744 History Museum Curators hip: African American Material Culture (3) An examination of the broad areas of historical research as they relate to the collection, preservation and interpretation of African American material culture.  The course will provide the necessary skills to employ learned historical methodology within a museum context, especially in the area of object/artifact research and exhibition development.

HISG 5891. Thesis Conference/Resident (0) For students who have in_state tuition residency and are completing preliminary steps toward the development of a thesis. The student must enroll in this course every semester from the approval of the thesis topic until the final semester the thesis is completed.

HISG 5892. Thesis Conference/Non_Resident (0) For students who have out_of_state tuition residency and are completing preliminary steps toward the development of a thesis. The student must enroll in this course every semester from the approval of the thesis topic until the final semester the thesis is completed.

HISG 5900. Thesis (3) Completion of extensive research and writing of an acceptable thesis on an approved topic. Students register for this course only during the semester that they plan to finish their thesis work.