Graduate Course Offerings

Graduate Course Offerings

Graduate Course Offerings

WMU's online Graduate Catalog

History (HIST) 5000-Level Descriptions

History (HIST) 6000-Level Descriptions

History (HIST) 7000-Level Descriptions

NOTE: Most 5000-level and 6000-level courses are topical courses which may be repeated under different topics and with different faculty. The following list includes topics offered in the past; new ones are added continually. See the schedule of classes for current class descriptions.

The following classes are open to graduates and advanced undergraduates:

HIST 5000        Topics in History
Courses in this topical area explore regional, political, cultural, economic and social issues in various geographical, chronological, or thematic fields of History.  Specific topics will be listed in the Schedule of Course Offerings.  This course may be repeated for credit under different topics.  Open to Graduate Students and advanced Undergraduate Students. 
Prerequisites: Grade of B or better in a 4000-level History Baccalaureate Writing course; or graduate standing; or permission of instructor. 
Credits:  3 hours

HIST 5150        Topics in Public History
Selected topics in aspects of public history including museology, historic preservation and cultural resource management, historical administration, information science, and applied research.  Specific topics will be listed in Schedule of Course Offerings.  This course may be repeated for credit under different topics.  Open to Graduate and advanced Undergraduate Students. 
Prerequisites:
Grade of B or better in a 4000-level History Baccalaureate Writing course; or graduate standing; or permission of instructor. 
Credits:  3 hours

HIST 5245        Topics in American History
Courses in this topical area explore regional, political, cultural, economic, and social themes in the history of North America or the United States from the colonial era to the present.  Specific topics will listed in Schedule of Course Offerings.  This course may be repeated for credit under different topics.  Open to Graduate and advanced Undergraduate Students. 
Prerequisites:
Grade of B or better in a 4000-level History Baccalaureate Writing course; or graduate standing; or permission of instructor. 
Credits:  3 hours

HIST 5405        Topics in Ancient History
Courses in this topical area explore regional, political, cultural, economic, and social themes in the history of the ancient world.  Specific topics will be listed in the Schedule of Course Offerings.  This course may be repeated for credit under different topics.  Open to Graduate and advanced Undergraduate Students. 
Prerequisites:
Grade of B or better in a 4000-level History Baccalaureate Writing course; or graduate standing; or permission of instructor. 
Credits:  3 hours

HIST 5495        Topics in European History
Courses in this topical area explore regional, political, cultural, economic, and social themes in European history from the ancient world to the present. Specific topics will be listed in the Schedule of Course Offerings.  This course may be repeated for credit under different topics.  Open to Graduate and advanced Undergraduate Students.  Prerequisites: Grade of B or better in a 4000-level History Baccalaureate Writing course; or graduate standing; or permission of instructor. 
Credits:  3 hours

HIST 5500        Topics in Medieval History
Courses in this topical area explore regional, political, cultural, economic, and social themes in the history of the medieval world.  Specific topics will be listed in the Schedule of Course Offerings.  This course may be repeated for credit under different topics.  Open to Graduate and advanced Undergraduate Students. 
Prerequisites:
Grade of B or better in a 4000-level History Baccalaureate Writing course; or graduate standing; or permission of instructor. 
Credits:  3 hours

HIST 5850        Topics in Asian, African, and Latin American History
Courses in this topical area explore regional, political, cultural, economic, and social themes in the history of Asia, Africa, South America, Central America, Mexico, or the Caribbean from ancient times to the present.  Specific topics will be listed in the Schedule of Course Offerings.  This course may be repeated for credit under different topics.  Open to Graduate and advanced Undergraduate Students. 
Prerequisites: Grade of B or better in a 4000-level History Baccalaureate Writing course; or graduate standing; or permission of instructor. 
Credits:  3 hours

HIST 5910        Topics in Historical Theory and Method
Selected theoretical, methodological, and interpretive issues in the field of history, possibly including methodologies from related social science and humanities disciplines. Topics will be listed in the Schedule of Course Offerings.  This course may be repeated for credit under different topics.  Open to Graduate and advanced Undergraduate Students. 
Prerequisites: Grade of B or better in a 4000-level History Baccalaureate Writing course; or graduate standing; or permission of instructor. 
Credits:  3 hours

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The following classes are open to graduate students only:

HIST 6000        Topics in Historical Methods
Intensive study of selected methods and theoretical approaches to historical practice.  Topics listed in the Schedule of Course Offerings.
Credits: 3 hours
Notes: May be repeated for credit under different topics.  Open to Graduate students only.

HIST 6030        Readings in History
Intensive study of selected issues and problems in historical studies from various chronological, geographical, or thematic areas. Topics listed in the Schedule of Course Offerings.
Credits: 3 hours
Notes: May be repeated for credit under different topics. Open to Graduate students only

HIST 6050        Readings in American History
Intensive study of historiography and major works pertaining to the history of North America or the United States from the colonial era to the present. Topics listed in the Schedule of Course Offerings.
Credits: 3 hours
Notes: May be repeated for credit under different topics. Open to Graduate students only.

HIST 6090        Ethnohistory Seminar
Ethnohistory combines research techniques and theoretical approaches from the fields of history and anthropology to elucidate the histories and cultural contexts of groups who, most often, have not left their own written record of their history and culture. Readings may address such topics as culture contact, colonialism, material analysis, historiography, oral history, gender, historical archaeology, ethnography, tribalization, globalization, and modernization.
Credits: 3 hours
Notes: May be repeated for credit. Open to Graduate Students only.
Cross-Listed: ANTH 6090

HIST 6115        Readings in Ancient History
Intensive study of historiography and major works pertaining to the ancient world. Topics listed in the Schedule of Course Offerings.
Credits: 3 hours
Notes: May be repeated for credit under different topics. Open to Graduate students only.

HIST 6120        Readings in Medieval History
Intensive study of historiography and major works pertaining to the medieval world.  Topics listed in the Schedule of Course Offerings.
Credits: 3 hours
Notes: May be repeated for credit under different topics. Open to Graduate students only.

HIST 6160        Readings in European History
Intensive study of historiography and major works pertaining to European history from the ancient world to the present.  Topics listed in the Schedule of Course Offerings.
Credits: 3 hours
Notes: May be repeated for credit under different topics. Open to Graduate students only.

HIST 6185        Readings in Global and Comparative History
Intensive study of historiography and major works pertaining to the study of world or transnational history, involving topics such as colonialism, nationalism, international conflict and cooperation, economic integration, gender, etc. Topics listed in the Schedule of Course Offerings.
Credits: 3 hours
Notes: May be repeated for credit under different topics. Open to Graduate students only.

HIST 6200        Bibliographical Research
Research in the literature of specialized topics and issues as they pertain to thesis or dissertation preparation, and preparation of a bibliographical essay. Topics may be listed in Schedule of Course Offerings. May be repeated for credit under different topics. Open to Graduate students only.
Credits: 1 to 3 hours
Prerequisite: Departmental approval

HIST 6250        Problems in Cultural Resource Management
History and practice of various facets of administration, conservation, development, and interpretation of cultural and historical sites, agencies, and institutions. Topics listed in the Schedule of Course Offerings.
Credits: 1 to 3 hours
Notes: May be repeated for credit under different topics. Open to Graduate students only.

HIST 6350        Research Techniques in Medieval History
Introduction to the sources and methods used in the study of medieval Europe. Interpretation of written sources, with emphasis on authenticating, dating and localizing these materials. Survey of techniques for interpreting artifacts and material culture.
Credits: 3 hours
Notes: Open to Graduate students only.

HIST 6360        Documentary Paleography
Introduction to paleography.  Taught as a practicum offering students maximum instruction and practice in the transcription and reading of manuscript sources.  Topics listed in the Schedule of Course Offerings.
Credits: 3 hours
Notes: May be repeated for credit. Open to Graduate students only.

HIST 6400 - Museums Practicum
Supervised field assignment with focus on a research project dealing with a specific aspect of museum or site administration such as registration, collections development, conservation, interpretation, etc.
Credits: 3 to 6 hours
Prerequisite: Departmental approval
Notes: May be repeated for credit to a maximum of six hours.  Open to graduate students only.

HIST 6440        Material Culture
Social and cultural studies of artifacts, public and domestic space, and the social construction of the built environment in selected historical periods. Topics listed in the Schedule of Course Offerings.
Credits: 3 hours
Notes: May be repeated for credit under different topics. Open to Graduate students only.

HIST 6500        Special Projects
Participation in departmental research and interpretive projects. Topics may be listed in Schedule of Course Offerings. May be repeated for credit to a maximum of six hours. Open to Graduate students only.
Credits: 1 to 3 hours
Prerequisite: Departmental approval

HIST 6730        Research Seminar in History
Advanced research in selected issues and problems in historical studies from various chronological, geographical, or thematic areas. Topics listed in the Schedule of Course Offerings.
Credits: 3 hours
Notes: May be repeated for credit under different topics. Open to Graduate students only.

HIST 6750        Research Seminar in American History
Advanced research in North American or United States history from the colonial era to the present. Topics listed in the Schedule of Course Offerings.
Credits: 3 hours
Notes: May be repeated for credit. Open to Graduate students only.

HIST 6815        Research Seminar in Ancient History
Advanced research in the history of the ancient world.  Topics listed in the Schedule of Course Offerings.
Credits: 3 hours
Notes: May be repeated for credit. Open to Graduate students only.

HIST 6820        Research Seminar in Medieval History
Advanced research in the history of the medieval world. Topics listed in the Schedule of Course Offerings.
Prerequisites/Corequisites: Prerequisites: HIST 6350 or instructor approval.
Credits: 3 hours

HIST 6860        Research Seminar in European History
Advanced research in European history from the ancient world to the present. Topics listed in the Schedule of Course Offerings.
Credits: 3 hours
Notes: May be repeated for credit. Open to Graduate students only.

HIST 6880        Research Seminar in Global and Comparative History
Advanced research in world or transnational history. Topics listed in the Schedule of Course Offerings.
Credits: 3 hours
Notes: May be repeated for credit under different topics. Open to Graduate students only.

HIST 6890        Research Seminar in Public History
Advanced research in public history. Topics listed in the Schedule of Course Offerings.
Credits: 3 hours
Notes: May be repeated for credit under different topics. Open to Graduate students only.

HIST 6980        College Teaching and Professional Activity
Introduces students to the full range of teaching and other professional activities of historians, including syllabus preparation, class presentations, evaluation methods, grant applications, publishing, conference presentations, vita development, and preparation for the job market.
Credits: 3 hours
Notes: Open to Graduate students only.


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HIST 7000        Master's Thesis
Please refer to the Graduate College section for course descriptions. May be repeated for credit. Graded on a Credit/No Credit basis. Open to Graduate students only.
Credits: 1 to 6 hours
Prerequisite: Department and Graduate College approval

HIST 7100        Independent Research
Please refer to the Graduate College section for course descriptions. May be repeated for credit. Graded on a Credit/No Credit basis. Open to Graduate students only.
Credits: 2 to 6 hours
Prerequisite: Department approval.

HIST 7120        Professional Field Experience
Please refer to the Graduate College section for course descriptions. May be repeated for credit. Graded on a Credit/No Credit basis. Open to Graduate students only.
Credits: 2 to 12 hours
Prerequisite: Department approval.

HIST 7300        Doctoral Dissertation
Please refer to the Graduate College section for course descriptions. May be repeated for credit. Graded on a Credit/No Credit basis. Open to Graduate students only.
Credits: 1 to 15 hours
Prerequisite: Department and Graduate College approval.

HIST 7350        Graduate Research
Please refer to the Graduate College section for course descriptions. May be repeated for credit. Graded on a Credit/No Credit basis. Open to Graduate students only.
Credits: 2 to 10 hours
Prerequisite: Department approval

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