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 informationon 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 126 or 399, or permission of the instructor.

402G 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: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

412G American Colonial History. (3) A history of the discovery, settlement, and development of the American colonies to 1763. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

413G American Revolution and the New Nation. (3) A study of developments which caused the Revolution; examination of the War of Independence, the Confederation, the federal Constitution, and subsequent events to 1800. Prerequisite: Graduate standing 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: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

415G Civil War and Reconstruction. (3) The political, social, economic, military, and diplomatic history of the period 1850–1877, with emphasis on the war years, 8611–1865. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

416G America in Transition, 1877–1914. (3) An examination of the forces transforming America from Reconstruction to the Wilson administration. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

418G Emergence of Modern America, 1914–1945. (3) A study of American history from World War I to the end of World War II. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

419G Recent America, 1945 to Present. (3) An examination of American history from the end of World War II to the present. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

420G Illinois History Seminar. (3) A study of periods and themes in the history of Illinois including social, political, economic, cultural, and environmental change. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor. Please note: Hist 420G will not be offered in Spring 2012.

421G Presidential Assassination and Political Murder in American History. (3) A study of facts, myths, and controversies surrounding the murder and attempted murder of presidents and political leaders, with emphasis on the Kennedy assassination. Not open to students who have taken HIST 115. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

422G American Environmental History. (3) A history of Americans’ interaction with their natural environment from pre-contact to the present with special emphasis on the last two hundred years. Prerequisite: Graduate standing 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: Graduate standing 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: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

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

428G Nineteenth-Century Europe. (3) A study of Europe from 1815 to 1914. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

429G Europe, 1914–1968. (3) A study of Europe from 1914 to 1968. Prerequisite: Graduate standing 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: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

431G Alexander the Great. (3) Advanced study of the life, achievements, and historical context of Alexander III of Macedon, with particular focus on his impact outside Europe.  Prerequisite: Graduate standing 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: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

434G Topics in British History. (3, repeatable to 6, with permission of department chairperson)  Selected topics dealing with the political, social, and economic development of Britain.  Topics will vary.  Prerequisite:  Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

438G 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: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

440G Topics in Latin American History. (3, repeatable to 6, for different topics, with permission of department chairperson) Selected topics in the social, political, economic, or intellectual history of Latin America. Topics will vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing 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. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

445G Modern East Asia. (3) A study of China, Japan, and Korea in the 20th century. Prerequisite: Graduate standing 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: Graduate standing 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.  Prerequisite: Graduate standing 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: Graduate standing 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 Introduction to Historical Methods. (4) Introduction to resources and methods 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. Prerequisites: Graduate standing, HIST 500 as prerequisite/corequisite, 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, HIST 500 as prerequisite/corequisite, 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. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, HIST 500 as prerequisite/corequisite, or permission of the instructor. Fall 2012: Dr. Mazza

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 intopic. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, HIST 500 as prerequisite/corequisite, 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. (1–6, repeatable) Individual reading. May be repeated, but a maximum of six hours will be counted toward degree requirements. Prerequisites: Graduate standing and six semester hours in history.

599 Special Problems in History. (1–6, 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 six hours may count toward a degree. Prerequisites: Graduate standing, six semester hours in history, and approval by the Departmental Graduate Committee.

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 Department Graduate Committee.  Graded S/U.  Prerequisite: Permission of the department chair.

699 Non-thesis Oral Exam. (0) Students in degree program II or III will defend coursework and/or project in an oral exam before a committee of three faculty members selected by the student and approved by the chair of the Departmental Graduate Committee. Graded S/U. Prerequisite: Permission of the department chair.