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History (2002-2003)

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Department Chairperson: Larry Balsamo
Graduate Committee Chairperson: Darrell Dykstra
Department Office: Morgan Hall 438
Department Telephone: 309/298-1053 Fax: 309/298-2540
WWW Address: www.wiu.edu/users/mihist/
Location of Program Offering: Macomb only

Graduate Faculty

  • Professors
    • Larry T. Balsamo, Ph.D., University of Missouri
    • Virginia R. Boynton, Ph.D., The Ohio State University
    • William L. Combs, Ph.D., Purdue University
    • Darrell I. Dykstra, Ph.D., University of Michigan
    • David G. Egler, Ph.D., University of Arizona
    • George E. Hopkins, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
    • Virginia W. Leonard, Ph.D., University of Florida
    • Robert P. Sutton, Ph.D., University of Virginia
    • Sharon B. Watkins, Ph.D., University of North Carolina
    • Thomas H. Watkins, Ph.D., University of North Carolina
    • John M. Werner, Ph.D., Indiana University
  • Assistant Professors
    • Peter Cole, Ph.D., Georgetown University
    • Virginia G. Jelatis, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
    • Jacqueline A. McLeod, Ph.D., Michigan State University
    • Scott W. Palmer, Ph.D., University of Illinois

Associate Graduate Faculty

  • Instructor
    • Daniel M. Barclay, Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Program Description

The Department of History offers work leading to the Master of Arts degree. The program is designed to introduce the student to historical research and broad areas of historical studies. The requirements are highly flexible. Programs of study can be arranged to serve as the basis for further graduate study, to meet the immediate and changing needs of teachers and other educators, and to prepare students for positions in industry, business, and government.

Admission Requirements

Students selecting history as a graduate major should have completed a minimum of 18 semester hours of undergraduate work in history and must meet the minimum admission requirements of the School of Graduate Studies.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Arts degree in history may be earned by one of three plans of study.

  • Thesis
    • HIST 500 Methods of Historical Research: 1 s.h.
    • Major field of study: 15 s.h.
    • Minor field of study: 6 s.h.
    • Electives: 3 s.h.
    • HIST 600 Thesis Research: 3 s.h.
    • HIST 601 Thesis: 3 s.h.
    • Courses taken to satisfy requirements 2-4 must include two research seminars.
      TOTAL PROGRAM: 31 s.h.
  • Special Project
    • HIST 500 Methods of Historical Research: 1 s.h.
    • Major field of study: 15 s.h.
    • Minor field of study: 9 s.h.
    • Electives: 3-5 s.h.
    • HIST 599 Special Project: 4-6 s.h.
    • Courses taken to satisfy requirements 2-4 must include at least one reading
      seminar in the major field and two research seminars.
      TOTAL PROGRAM: 34 s.h.
  • General
    • HIST 500 Methods of Historical Research: 1 s.h.
    • Major field of study: 18 s.h.
    • Minor field of study: 9 s.h.
    • Electives: 9 s.h.
    • Courses taken to satisfy requirements 2-4 must include at least one reading
      seminar in the major field and two research seminars.
      TOTAL PROGRAM: 37 s.h.

An oral examination will be conducted following the completion of all course work and requirements.

The major field of study will ordinarily be in United States history or European history. It may be in another area if approved by the Graduate Committee. The minor field of study may be in United States history, European history, or non-Western history. It may also be in another related discipline or disciplines with the approval of the Graduate Committee.

No more than 15 hours may be taken in extension courses, except in the Quad Cities Graduate Center. Up to nine hours in a 32 semester hour program may be transferred from another graduate school upon the approval of the Departmental Graduate Committee. In no case shall the total of the extension and transfer courses exceed 15 hours (except in Quad Cities extension courses). All such hours are subject to the approval of the Graduate Committee.

Course Descriptions

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 consent of instructor.

401G American Diplomatic History. (3) Foreign relations with emphasis on the period from the war with Spain to the present, stressing the behavior of the United States as a world power. 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 Jeffersonian and Jacksonian Era, 1800-1850. (3) An intensive study of the development of the United States as a nation from 1800 to 1850. 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, 1861-1865. 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.

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 HIST 105 or 106 or permission of the instructor.

425G Renaissance and Reformation. (3) A study of the political, economic, social, and cultural developments related to the Renaissance, the Protestant Revolution, the Catholic Reformation, and the ensuing religious wars. Prerequisite: HIST 125 or consent of the instructor.

426G Age of Enlightenment. (3) A study of Europe from the Peace of Westphalia to 1789. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, HIST 125 and 126 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.

429G Europe, 1914-1968. (3) A study of Europe from 1914 to 1968. Prerequisite: Hist 126 or consent of 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.

438G Germany Under Hitler: The Nazi Dictatorship. (3) National Socialism in Germany from Adolf Hitler to the Nuremberg Trials. 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: HIST 344 or consent of 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 instructor.

500 Introduction to Historical Methods. (1) 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) A research-centered investigation of selected topics in American history, with special attention to application of methods of research, critical analysis, and writing. Prerequisites: Graduate standing, HIST 500 as prerequisite/corequisite, or permission of the instructor.

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

512* Research Seminar in Diplomatic History. (3) A research-centered investigation of selected topics in diplomatic history, with special attention to application of methods of research, critical analysis, and writing. Prerequisites: Graduate standing, HIST 500 as prerequisite/corequisite, or permission of the instructor.

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

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

530* Research Seminar in World History. (3) A research-centered investigation of selected topics in world history, with special attention to application of methods of research, critical analysis, and writing. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, HIST 500 as prerequisite/corequisite, or permission of the instructor.

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

540* Research Seminar in European History. (3) A research-centered investigation of selected topics in European history, with special attention to application of methods of research, critical analysis, and writing. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, HIST 500 as prerequisite/corequisite, or permission of the instructor.

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

550* Workshop. (1–3) Offered irregularly on specific topics. 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 or501 and approval of the thesis prospectus.

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

*These courses may be repeated with the permission of the Department of History Graduate Committee, since different topics will usually be presented with each offering.

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