History

Graduate History Courses

The following courses are offered by the Department of History for graduate credit.  For information on the Department's plans to offer specific graduate courses, check with the Department’s Graduate Director, Dr. Edward Woell:   EJ-Woell@wiu.edu or 309-298-2977.


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Graduate Seminar Schedule

The Department's approved plan for offering graduate seminars (evening classes, each seminar meeting one night a week) is as follows:

Each Fall semester: normally one US History seminar (510 or 511), one European History seminar (540 or 541), and one World History seminar (530 or 531), with at least one of these being a research seminar.

Each Spring semester: normally one US History research seminar (510), one US History readings seminar (511), and one European History seminar (540 or 541).

For general information on any of the seminars, see the course list below.
  • For specific information about a seminar during a particular semester, contact the professor offering it or the Department's Graduate Director.
  • Graduate students are eligible for funding for research conducted for graduate seminars or theses.

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Graduate Courses

400G Soviet Union, 1917–1991. (3) An intensive study of political, diplomatic, economic, social, and cultural developments in the Soviet Union from the Bolshevik revolution to the USSR’s collapse. Prerequisite: HIST 116 or 399 or permission of the instructor.

402G The Civil Rights Movement. (3) An intensive study of the history of the American-American civil rights movement, concentrating on the period from World War II through the U.S. Supreme Court's 1978 Bakke decision. Prerequisite:  HIST 106 or AAS 100 or permission of the instructor.

414G Early American Republic, 1800-1848. (3) An intensive study of the development of the United States from 1800 to 1848, emphasizing the development of political culture within the expanding nation, among post-Revolutionary Americans. Prerequisite: HIST 105 or permission of the instructor.

420G Capstone Seminar: Illinois History. (3) A study of periods and themes in the history of Illinois including social, political, economic, cultural, and environmental change. Prerequisites: HIST 105, 106 and 201; ENG 280; or permission of the instructor.

421G Seminar in Global Environmental History. (3) This thematic seminar is an in-depth comparative, historical study of the interactions between humans and the natural environment from 1500 to the present. Prerequisite: HIST 116 or HIST 316 or permission of the instructor.

423G The Vietnam War and Its Times. (3) A seminar on the Vietnam War, with particular emphasis on domestic, social, and political emphasis on domestic, social, and political aspects during the 1960’s. Research in primary sources will be required. Prerequisite: HIST 106 or permission of the instructor .

426G The Enlightenment, 1721-1784. (3) Advanced study of a cultural revolution in the Atlantic world: a “republic” of philosophers, ideas, and debates; social institutions promoting reform; emergence of new media, mass literacy, public opinion, and private sentiment; and the broader context in which these flourished. Prerequisite: HIST 116 or permission of the instructor.

427G French Revolution and Napoleon. (3) A detailed examination of the period from 1789 to 1815 in Europe. Prerequisite: HIST 116 or permission of the instructor.

430G Topics in Ancient History. (3) Study of a theme or chronological period in Greek or Roman History. Topics will vary. Repeatable to six hours with permission of Departmental Graduate Committee. Prerequisite: HIST 115 or permission of the instructor.

431G Alexander the Great. (3) AThis course examines the context of the life and achievement of Alexander III with particular focus on the impact outside Europe. Few individuals has as much of an impact on their contemporary and later world as Alexander III of Macedon. Prerequisite: HIST 320 or permission of the instructor.

433G Tudor/Stuart England: 1485-1714. (3) Political, economic, cultural, and social history of early modern England during the reigns of the Tudor and Stuart monarchs, emphasizing social structures, cultural movements, religious continuity and change, and constitutional developments. Prerequisite: HIST 115, 325 or 333; or permission of the instructor.

438G Hitler's Germany, 1918-1949: From Defeat to Division. (3) A study of Germany from the end of World War I to its division following World War II, focusing on the Weimar Republic, the rise and fall of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party, the Holocaust, and Germany's postwar breakup. Prerequisite: HIST 116 or 338; or permission of the instructor.

440G Topics in Latin American History. (3, repeatable to 6) Selected topics in the social, political, economic, or intellectual history of Latin America. Topics will vary. Prerequisite: HIST 105, 106, 116, 340, or 341 as appropriate; or permission of the instructor.

444G Topics in Middle Eastern History. (3, repeatable to 6, with permission of department chairperson) Selected topics in the political, social, economic, and intellectual history of the Middle East. Topics may vary. Prerequisites: HIST 115 or 116 or 344, or permission of the instructor.

482G Topics in European History. (3, repeatable to 6 with permission) In-depth study of a theme or chronological period in European History. Topics will vary. Prerequisite: HIST 115 or 116, or permission of the instructor.

483G Topics in the History of Science & Technology. (3) In-depth study of a subject or theme or chronological period in European History. Topics will vary. Prerequisite: HIST 105, 106, 115, or 116; or permission of the instructor.

485G Topics in Asian History. (3, repeatable to 6 with permission) In-depth study of a theme or chronological period in Asian History. Topics will vary. Prerequisites: HIST 116 or 345 or 346 or 347, or permission of the instructor.

488G Topics in U. S. History.(3, repeatable to 6 with permission) In-depth study of a theme or chronological period in U.S. History from the colonial period to the present. Topics will vary. Prerequisite: HIST 105 or 106, as appropriate, or permission of the instructor.

494G Internship. (1–12, repeatable) Supervised experience of work in archives, historical institutions, or other institutions requiring historical experience. May be repeated, but only three semester hours of credit will be applied to the minimum program requirement of 31 hours. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of the Graduate Director.

500 Historical Theory and Methods. (4) Seminar in the theory and practice of historical research and writing. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

510 Research Seminar in U.S. History. (3, repeatable) A research-centered investigation of selected topics in American history, with special attention to application of methods of research, critical analysis, and writing. May be repeated with a change in topic. Corequisite/Prerequisites: HIST 500 or permission of the instructor.

511 Readings Seminar in U.S. History. (3, repeatable) A readings-centered investigation of selected topics in American history, with attention to historiographic issues. May be repeated with a change in topic. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

512 Research Seminar in Diplomatic History. (3, repeatable) A research-centered investigation of selected topics in diplomatic history, with special attention to application of methods of research, critical analysis, and writing. May be repeatable with a change in topic. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

513 Readings Seminar in Diplomatic History. (3, repeatable) A readings-centered investigation of selected topics in diplomatic history, with attention to historiographic issues. May be repeatable with a change in topic. Prerequisite Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

514 Research Seminar in Military History. (3, repeatable) A research-centered investigation of selected topics in military history, with special attention to application of methods of research, critical analysis, and writing.  May be repeatable with a change in topic. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, HIST 500 as prerequisite/corequisite, or permission of the instructor.

515 Readings Seminar in Military History. (3, repeatable) A readings-centered investigation of selected topics in military history, with attention to historiographic issues. May be repeated with a change in topic. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

530 Research Seminar in World History. (3, repeatable) A research-centered investigation of selected topics in world history, with special attention to application of methods of research, critical analysis, and writing. May be repeated with a change in topic. Corequisite/Prerequisite: HIST 500 or permission of the instructor.

531 Readings Seminar in World History. (3, repeatable) A readings-centered investigation of selected topics in world history, with attention to historiographic issues. May be repeated with a change in topic. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

540 Research Seminar in European History. (3, repeatable) A research-centered investigation of selected topics in European history, with special attention to application of methods of research, critical analysis, and writing. May be repeated with a change in topic. Corequisite/Prerequisite: HIST 500 or permission of the instructor.

541 Readings Seminar in European History. (3, repeatable) A readings-centered investigation of selected topics in European history, with attention to historiographic issues. May be repeated with a change in topic. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

550 Workshop. (1–3, repeatable) Offered irregularly on specific topics. May be repeated with a change in topic. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

598 Readings in History. (1–3, repeatable) Individual reading. May be repeated, but a maximum of three hours will be counted toward degree requirements. Prerequisites: Six semester hours in history and approval of the Department Graduate Director.

599 Special Problems in History. (1–4, repeatable) Intensive research into areas of history not specifically covered in other courses. Credit will depend on the nature of the historical problem to be examined and the length of time required to complete the project. May be repeated, although no more than four hours may count toward a degree. Prerequisites: Six semester hours in history and approval by the Department Graduate Director.

600 Thesis Research. (1–6, repeatable) May be repeated, but only three semester hours will count toward degree requirements. Prerequisites: HIST 500 or 501, and approval of the thesis prospectus.

601 Thesis in History. (3) Prerequisite: HIST 600.

698 Non-thesis Written Exam. (0) Students in degree program II or III will take a written exam in their major field of study, which will be administered by faculty members on the written and oral exam committee, the committee of three faculty members being selected by the student and approved by the chair of the Departmental Graduate Committee. Graded S/U. Prerequisite: Permission of the Department Graduate Director.

699 Non-thesis Oral Exam. (0) Students in degree program II or III will take an oral exam in their major and minor fields of study, which will be administered by faculty members on the written and oral examination committee, the committee of three faculty members being selected by the student and approved by the chair of the Departmental Graduate Committee. Graded S/U. Prerequisite: Permission of the Department Graduate Director.