Graduate Course Offerings

Proposed Course Offerings Beginning (* Subject to Change)
Fall/ Winter of 2023-2024

HIST 5F01
Dr. Gregor Krajc & Dr. Michael Driedger
Examines debates about the nature of history and provides an overview of contemporary historiographic controversies. A wide variety of methodologies and theoretical perspectives will be explored with an eye to assessing the practical applications of each for the study of history and for the students’ own research projects.

HIST 5F80
Major Research Paper
A major research project (of approximately 35 pages), the topic of which shall be chosen by the student in consultation with the Supervisory Committee. The major research paper must demonstrate the student’s ability to conduct original research with primary sources and a mastery of relevant historiography.

HIST 5V22
Conservatism in Modern America
Focuses on differing meanings, interpretations, and expressions of conservatism in U.S. history, with special emphasis on the twentieth century and the post-World War II period. Topics include nativism, white supremacy, antistatism, market fundamentalism, anticommunism, and more.

HIST 5V53
First Nations History
Selected themes in North American Indigenous history from contact to the modern era with an emphasis on the historiographical debates.

HIST 5V54
History of Sexuality
Major themes in the history of sexuality from 1750. Topics include historical theories of sexuality and sexual difference, sexual revolutions, activism and the state, sexuality and globalization, and queer history, including queer spaces and communities.

HIST 5F90
MA Thesis
An extended research project (of approximately 80-100 pages) which meets the conditions specified in the description for HIST 5F80 but involves a higher level of research and a fuller treatment of the selected subject. The thesis will be examined by an external reader and will have a public defense.

HIST 5P80
Directed Reading in History
Directed individual or group reading in a specified area of historical study. Restriction: permission of the Graduate Program Director.

HIST 5V35: Intellectuals in Revolutionary China
Dr. Ning Wang 
Major themes in the history of Chinese Intellectuals in the 20th century, especially their involvement in the Communist revolution, their roles in the development of communist ideology/policies, and their careers in the Peoples Republic of China.

Fall/ Winter of 2022-2023

HIST 5F01
Dr. Elizabeth Neswald & Dr. Michael Driedger
Examines debates about the nature of history and provides an overview of contemporary historiographic controversies. A wide variety of methodologies and theoretical perspectives will be explored with an eye to assessing the practical applications of each for the study of history and for the students’ own research projects.

HIST 5F80
Major Research Paper
A major research project (of approximately 35 pages), the topic of which shall be chosen by the student in consultation with the Supervisory Committee. The major research paper must demonstrate the student’s ability to conduct original research with primary sources and a mastery of relevant historiography.

HIST 5F90
MA Thesis
An extended research project (of approximately 80-100 pages) which meets the conditions specified in the description for HIST 5F80 but involves a higher level of research and a fuller treatment of the selected subject. The thesis will be examined by an external reader and will have a public defense.

HIST 5P80
Directed Reading in History
Directed individual or group reading in a specified area of historical study. Restriction: permission of the Graduate Program Director.

HIST 5V01: Empires and Nations in Colonial Canada
Dr. Daniel Samson
Historiography of national-ethic identities of French, British and First Nations societies in the borderlands regions of Acadia, Canada, and New England. Emphasizes relations between local, regional, and imperial people and practices. 

HIST 5V20: The American Enlightenment 
Dr. Mark Spencer 
Examines the 18th-century American Enlightenment of transatlantic context. Topics include the life and writings of seminal thinkers such as Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, but also figures not so well known who contributed to the social history of ideas. Students will evaluate conflicting historical interpretations and develop their own understanding of historical events and trends.

HIST 5V35: Intellectuals in Revolutionary China
Dr. Ning Wang 
Major themes in the history of Chinese Intellectuals in the 20th century, especially their involvement in the Communist revolution, their roles in the development of communist ideology/policies, and their careers in the Peoples Republic of China.

HIST 5V55: Ethnic Cleansing and Genocide in the 20th Century
Dr. Gregor Kranjc
Comparative examination of ethnic cleansing and genocide, focusing on various 20th-century case studies from across the globe. Explores the historical backgrounds, perpetration and terrifying results of ethnic cleansing and genocide. Themes include: changing international legal definitions and norms; the search for justice; shifting memories