Current Course Descriptions and Schedules
Spring 2018 Course List
- HIST 419: English Social History: 1500-1750 (Dr. Robert Bucholz)
- HIST 461: Readings in 20th Century U.S. History (Dr. Elliot Gorn)
- HIST 482: Archives and Record Management (Kathy Young)
- HIST 484: Material Culture (Dr. Elizabeth Fraterrigo)
- HIST 558: Studies in American Cultural History (Dr. Kyle Roberts)
Spring 2018 Course Descriptions
HIST 419: English Social History: 1500-1750
Wednesday 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
This course is a seminar in the social and cultural history of early-modern England. While not unaware of the political and constitutional developments of the Tudor and Stuart periods, it proposes to concentrate upon those enduring beliefs and continuing realities which formed the background to the lives of the great mass of the common people. It will focus, in particular, upon the tension between how early modern English men and women saw their world (ordered, hierarchical, stable, divinely sanctioned) and what their world was actually and increasingly like (disordered, socially mobile, unstable, secular). This tension will be explored through reading and critical discussion of the best and most recent work in demography, iconography, family history, women's history, and the histories of material culture, popular culture, religion, education, and crime. Thus, students enrolled in this course will be exposed not only to current work on an interesting and important subject, but also to a wide variety of historical methodologies as well as the preoccupations and techniques of related fields such as anthropology and art history. This exposure should foster a sharpened critical faculty as well as methodological diversity among those who will go on to become professional historians.
HIST 461: Readings in 20th Century U.S. History
Monday 4:15 pm - 6:45 pm
Reading and discussion seminar, students will read monographs and articles in recent US history, including social, cultural, intellectual and other approaches. Final assignment will be a long historiographic paper.
HIST 482: Archives and Records Management
Wednesday 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The purpose of this course is to introduce and understand core concepts and methods of the archives profession. Students are introduced to issues and principles in archives and gain insight into the practical application of these principles.
HIST 484: Material Culture
Thursday 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
This course introduces graduate students to a wide range of approaches to the study of American material culture in its many forms. The course will consider the various ways historians and other scholars use material culture to investigate and understand the past, with an emphasis on artifacts as evidence of cultural expression and as products and mediators of social relations.
HIST 558: Studies in American Cultural History
Tuesday 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
This course is a research seminar in which students will use primary sources to write an original work of cultural history. Since the 1970s, American historians have grown increasingly interested in studying culture – the beliefs, practices, languages, and worldviews that make up a specific group’s way of life – as a way of unlocking the meanings of their experiences. Over this period, cultural historians have utilized a range of approaches drawn from fields as diverse as anthropology, linguistics, and the Digital Humanities to study sources such as print but also material culture, visual culture, the body, and performance. Students will be introduced to both traditional and digital methodologies for cultural history study. Early on each student will meet with the instructor to formulate a topic for her or his semester's work. By the end of the term, each student will produce a draft of an article that is publishable, perhaps with some revision, in a scholarly journal.
Fall 2017 Course List
- HIST 400: Twentieth Century Approaches to History (Dr. John Pincince)
- HIST 410: Readings in Early American History (Dr. John Donoghue)
- HIST 460: Urban America (Dr. Elizabeth Shermer)
- HIST 479: Public History Media (Dr. Kyle Roberts)
- HIST 480: Public History Method and Theory (Dr. Patricia Mooney-Melvin)
- HIST 483: Oral History: Method and Practice (Dr. Christopher Manning)
- HIST 561: Women’s and Gender History (Dr. Alice Weinreb)
Fall 2017 Course Descriptions
HIST 400: Twentieth Century Approaches to History
Wednesday 4:15 pm - 6:45 pm
This colloquium focuses on twentieth-century historical writing, emphasizing interpretive paradigms and innovative methodologies. It examines the rise of social history and then cultural history as the dominant historical genres in the profession. In particular, the course explores the impact of social science models on the writing of history in the post-World War II era, as well as the more recent challenges posed by historians of women and gender, post-colonialism and postmodernism. By examining key historical works that have shaped the discipline of history, we will try to understand the profound changes in ideas about the nature of history and historical writing that have emerged over the preceding century.
HIST 410: Readings in Early American History
Tuesday 4:15 pm - 6:45 pm
This course will explore select readings in American history from the colonial period through the Civil War. The creation of the republican, American nation state will feature prominently in the course. But part of its purpose, in line with the History Department’s increasingly transnational focus, is to de-center the national paradigm of historical analysis. New studies integrating early American history with Atlantic, transnational, and global history will thus figure largely in assigned readings, as will analytical categories of race, class, and gender. Thematic emphasis will be given to histories of colonialism, empire-building, capitalism, slavery, political thought, and borderlands.
HIST 460: Urban America
Wednesday 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
This course focuses on significant issues in the development of Urban America from the Early Republic to the present. The course is designed to both cover the history of metropolitan development but also the historiography of key themes, such as economic development, industrialization, the environment, race and ethnicity, gender, as well as the role of religion in urban social and cultural life. This is the basic course for students who wish to take a concentration in US Urban Social and Cultural History. As such, the readings and assignments are designed to prepare students to take exams and build bibliographies for research projects (either for seminar papers or dissertations).
HIST 479: Public History Media
Thursday 7:00 pm -9:30 pm
This course is an introduction to the role of new media and the digital humanities in the service of cultural heritage. It will focus on examining the ways that emerging media have affected our historical understanding in the past and present and on developing facilities with digital applications, methodologies, and platforms that scholars and public history professionals increasingly need to use in the present and future. This includes archiving, blogging, digitizing, digital storytelling, editing and analyzing, social media, virtual exhibitions and web design. It will also take up broad social and ethical questions surrounding media and contemporary culture, including accuracy of evidence, intellectual property, and open access to knowledge. By the end of the semester, students will have produced a digital portfolio of their work. Cross-listed with DIGH 400: Introduction to Digital Humanities Research.
HIST 480: Public History Method and Theory
Monday 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
This course explores the field of public history with special emphasis on the theoretical and methodological challenges faced when preserving or presenting history outside of a formal classroom environment. Also under consideration will be the professional and ethical responsibilities of the historian both inside and outside of the university setting. Students will be able to understand the theoretical and methodological issues of importance to the field of public history, reflect upon ethical issues involved in the collection, curation, and presentation of history, and participate in applied projects drawing upon public history methodologies and presentation modes.
HIST 483: Oral History: Method and Practice
Tuesday 6:00 pm - 8:30pm
This course will give students a basic understanding of oral history by asking several questions of the discipline, including: What exactly is oral history and what sets it apart from other historical research methodologies? What are the ethical issues involved in undertaking oral history? How does one conduct, record, and archive an interview? What steps are necessary in constructing an oral history project? What are the merits of the various products that can be derived from oral history in both texts and multimedia? In addition to reading oral historical texts and theory, students will conduct at least two interviews and participate in an ongoing oral history project.
HIST 561: Women’s and Gender History
Thursday 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
This seminar focuses on the use of gender as a category of analysis in history, and is particularly appropriate for those who have taken courses in Women's and Gender History or Women's Studies. Students will produce a major research paper; they may choose any topic relevant to issues of gender or women for any time period or society, as long as adequate primary sources are available.
Summer 2017 Course List
- HIST 410: Special Topics: African-American Chicago (Dr. Christopher Manning)
Summer 2017 Course Description
HIST 410: Special Topics: African-American Chicago
Weekly Online Meeting Dates/Times TBA
This summer, Dr. Chris Manning will teach the History Department's first-ever online graduate course, History 410: African-American Chicago. Spanning from the Migration of the Talented Tenth to neighborhood activism of the 1990s, this course will explore the history of African American in the city of Chicago through weekly readings of scholarly monographs and some scholarly articles. We will meet every week at the appointed time through video conferencing on-line. Topics of the course will include the earliest migration of African Americans to Chicago after the Civil War, the first Great Migration, the Chicago Renaissance, the development of the Blues, the Great Depression, the Second Great Migration, the Chicago Freedom Movement, deindustrialization, the Harold Washington era, and 1980s housing activism.
Spring 2017 Course List
- HIST 410 Special Topics: Transnational Urban History (Dr. Edin Hajdarpasic)
- HIST 450 Reading in Nineteenth-Century U.S. History (Dr. Timothy Gilfoyle)
- HIST 481 Management of Historical Resources (Dr. Theodore Karamanski)
- HIST 487 Management of History Museums (Dr. Elizabeth Fraterrigo)
- HIST 558 Studies in American Cultural History (Dr. Elliot Gorn)
- HIST 584 Local History (Dr. Patricia Mooney-Melvin)
Spring 2017 Course Descriptions
HIST 410: Special Topics: Transnational Urban History
Thursday 4:15 pm – 6:45 pm
This class examines urban history from a transnational perspective. We will explore major themes in urban history, including social control, urban design, state intervention, racial segregation, sexual politics, class divisions, and the city in times of war and disaster. Tracing global connections, we will engage with multiple cities in diverse national, cultural, and political contexts, crossing Europe, America, Asia, Africa, and beyond (with our home city of Chicago featuring prominently in readings and discussions). The historical focus is on modern cities as they emerged in the 19th and 20th centuries.
HIST 450: Reading in Nineteenth-Century U.S. History
Wednesday 2:45 pm – 5:15 pm
Modern, industrial America was born in the nineteenth century. The United States experienced its most remarkable changes between the presidencies of Thomas Jefferson and Theodore Roosevelt. American cities and per capita levels of immigration grew at their greatest rates ever. The most sophisticated form of coercive labor in world history became a dominant institution. A new feminine ideal flourished. The factory was born and industry replaced agriculture as the nation’s dominant economic force. The public school, the Mormons, the prison, the department store and "Wall Street" were created. The United States completed its final continental boundaries. Political officials left imprints which still define American politics and culture: James Madison, Andrew Jackson, John C. Calhoun, Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. An American literary renaissance produced canonical writers like Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, Herman Melville, Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickinson, Henry David Thoreau, Edith Wharton and Walt Whitman. And the century witnessed the most devastating war in U.S. history. This colloquium provides a historiographical introduction to the major questions and issues of nineteenth-century America. Class discussion will also examine different possibilities for future research.
HIST 481: Management of Historical Resources
Tuesday 6:00 pm-8:30pm
This course will consider the problems of protecting and interpreting historical and cultural resources. Topics will include: historic preservation, historical architecture and urban redevelopment, the National Register of Historic Places, historical archaeology, and the writing of cultural resource impact statements. Instruction will involve both faculty and practitioners of public history.
HIST 487: Management of History Museums
Tuesday 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm
This course will introduce graduate students to the issues involved in the management and operation of history museums while considering many questions about the role and function of museums in American society. What does it mean to say that museums serve the public? Why do museums preserve some objects and not others? How do they care for the objects they collect and how do they make them available to the public? How do museums tell stories and who gets to decide what stories to tell? Why do people come to museums? What do they experience there and what do those visits mean to them? What does “success” look like and how does one measure it? What financial, administrative, and ethical issues do museums face today? Finally, how is the past preserved and interpreted in museums and what role do historians play in these efforts?
HIST 558: Studies in American Cultural History
Wednesday 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
This course is a research seminar. Students will use primary sources to write long essays on topics in American social, cultural, intellectual, and/or urban history. Early on each student will meet with the instructor to formulate a topic for his or her semester's work. The goal by the end of the term is that each student will produce the draft of an article that is publishable, perhaps with some revision, in a scholarly journal.
HIST 584: Local History
Monday 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
This course will examine the nature and practice of local history and explore various methods and approaches central to local history research. This course has three objectives: (1) to introduce students to the literature on local history; (2) to acquaint students with methodology critical to local history research; and (3) to conduct research on a local history topic. The course is organized around a particular theme and focuses on a particular geographical area. This year we will examine the nature of neighborhoods and their relationship to the larger urban community. Research topics will explore the communities of Rogers Park, West Ridge, Edgewater, and Uptown.