Graduate Courses

The department of history offers nine to 10 graduate courses each semester. Currently, we expect to offer three courses per semester in medieval Europe, three in modern Europe, three in United States and one in Latin America. Most courses are rotated on a two- to three-year cycle, and the department encourages faculty to introduce new courses. Several courses are offered every year, such as the proseminar and seminar sequence in U.S. history, modern European history, and medieval history.

All classes meet at the Rose Hill Campus unless otherwise noted. Check My Fordham for current information on meeting times and places.

Course syllabuses or descriptions for many courses are available by clicking on the course number. Visit graduate course descriptions for a more complete listing of course descriptions. For descriptions of the upcoming Fall classes, see the history blog entry on the subject.

Summer 2018

HIST  5472: Inventing Total War 
David Hamlin, TTh 6-9 p.m.
This course will explore the development of total war in the 20th century, with particular emphasis on Germany. The dissolution of legal limits on violence and compulsion on the battlefield and at home will be examined

HIST 5727: History and Fiction in American West
Sal Acosta, TTh 6-9 p.m.
This course uses history and literature to study the moving Western frontier in the United States. Readings explore its early origins in the 17th and18th centuries but focus largely on its most economic manifestations in the 19th century. The course examines race, gender, violence, and social order, among other topics.

Fall 2018

HIST 5105: The Black Radical Tradition In Comparative Perspective: U.S. and the Caribbean 
Westenley Alcenat, T 5:30-8pm

HIST 5200: Renaissance Spain: Festive Republics, Rights, Liberties and Inquisitions
Sarah Penry, M 2:30-5pm

HIST 5734: U.S. Culture and Society to 1877
Sal Acosta, TH 2:30-5pm

HIST 6077: The Angevin Empire
Nicholas Paul, T 2:30-5pm

HIST 6350: European City, 1700-2000
Rosemary Wakeman, M 5:30-8pm
This course concentrates on theoretical and interpretive approaches to the study of the city and urban life. It considers the transformation of urbanspace and culture from the eighteenth century to the present during which commercial capitalism, industrialization, and massive human migration remade basic social and cultural relationships. Among the key factors of investigation are class and mass culture, gender, production and consumption, accumulation and cultural display, architecture and planning, and the evolution of urban space and topography.

HIST 7110: PSM: Church Law and Medieval Society
Wolfgang Mueller, T 5:30-8pm
This course will consist of a two-semester proseminar/seminar sequence inviting graduate students to formulate and conduct original research projectsin the field of medieval church law. The proseminar will be devoted to surveying bibliography and research tools that are important for investigations into the subject. It will also help students to define their topics.

Spring 2019

HIST 5102: Archives and Narrative of Global History
Yuko Miki, T 5:30-8pm

HIST 5203: Medieval Hagiography
Scott Bruce, T 2:30-5pm

HIST 5568: Stalinism: Life and Death in Soviet Russia
Asif Siddiqi, M 2:30-5pm

HIST 6731: U.S. Immigration and Ethnicity
Daniel Soyer, M 5:30-8pm
This course will examine several important issues that have engaged the attention of historians of immigration and ethnicity. These include such perennial concerns as the nature of the processes of settlement and Americanization, and the evolution of American views on citizenship and immigration policy. Also among the issues to be discussed are recent trends in thinking about the invention of racial identities and about ethnic diasporas and "transnationalism." Finally, the course will cover several cases of the stresses of ethnic identity in wartime. Readings will include recentscholarly monographs and articles, as well as several examples of ethnic memoir literature. Note that the course is organized thematically, and that readings have therefore been chosen because they reflect on the themes under discussion. As a result, not all ethnic groups are covered adequately. Students will have a chance to deal with the ethnic groups of their choice in their independent work.

HIST 8110: Seminar: Church Law and Medieval Society
Wolfgang Mueller, TH 5:30-8pm
Continuation of HIST 7110

Spring 2018

MVST/HIST 5310: Occitania: Language and Power 
Nicholas Paul and Thomas O'Donnell, F 2-5pm

HIST 5516: Nationalism and Racism in Europe
Silvana Patriarca, T 5:30-8pm
As issues of national identity, citizenship, and belonging have acquired center stage in Europe over the past thirty years or so, the historiography on these subjects has been steadily growing. In order to address some of the urgent questions of our present, this graduate seminar will investigate the histories and historiographies on the construction of “race” and nation in modern Europe and in particular on the multiple connections and intersections between nationalism(s) and racism(s) from the Enlightenment to the present. We will examine and discuss the different historical approaches, theories, and methodologies that emerge from the vast body of works on these issues, paying particular attention to socio-cultural approaches and comparative and/or transnational perspectives. We will also review some of the recent literature on anti-racism.

HIST 5575. United States and the World in the Twentieth Century
Christopher Dietrich, W 2:30-5pm
This course will examine the place of the United States in the world in the twentieth century, with an emphasis on humanitarianism, human rights, domestic politics, international political economy, and development.  Books we will read include: April Merleaux, Sugar and Civilization; Glenda Sluga, Internationalism in the Age of Nationalism; Benjamin Coates, Legalist Empire; Peter Hudson, Bankers and Empire; Elizabeth Borgwardt, New Deal for the World; Daniel Immerwahr, Thinking Small; and Greg Grandin, Fordlandia.  At the end of the semester, students will turn in a term paper on a topic of their choice

HIST 6256, Torture in Western Culture
W. David Myers, Th 5:30-8pm
The United Nations Convention on Torture has received approval on every continent. Torture itself, though, has always been and remains a global phenomenon, still practiced throughout the world, despite near universal condemnation. This course will focus first on the definition and broad early history of torture, particularly in European history, and then on the practices and understanding of torture in the interaction of peoples and nations after 1500. Particular attention will be paid to the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The seminar will consider different cultural understanding of pain, personhood, and the body, and the context of torture in colonial and post-colonial settings, geo-political ideological struggles, and current American practice and policy.

HIST 8150 Proseminar: Medieval England 
Maryanne Kowaleski, T 2:30-5pm
Students continue to work on the research project they defined in the Proseminar to this course.  They also learn to design and use a computer database that includes data gathered in the course of their research on the final paper, participate in seminars to improve their academic writing and public speaking skills, and familiarize themselves with professional standards for writing a scholarly article, giving a talk at an academic conference, and writing an academic curriculum vitae.  They compete the seminar by giving a 20-minute conference paper on their research project and writing a thesis-length original research paper that could be published as a scholarly article.

Fall 2017

HIST 5290 Luther and the Reformation
Susan Wabuda, M 5:30-8:00pm

HIST 5300 History Theory and Methods: The Historian's Tools
Samantha Iyer, W 5:30-8:00pm

HIST 5563 Readings in Environmental History
Steven Stoll, Th 5:30-8:00pm

HIST 5645 Readings in Early America and the Atlantic World
Claire Gherini, T 5:30-8:00pm

HIST 5913 Golden Age Spain and America
Sarah Penry, W 2:30-5:00pm

HIST 6078 The Crusader States: The Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem 1099-1291
Nicholas Paul, F 2:30-5:00pm

HIST 7150 Proseminar: Medieval England
Maryanne Kowaleski, T 2:30-5:00pm

Summer 2017

HIST 5574 History of US Foreign Relations: 1898-Present
Christopher Dietrich, TTh 6:00-9:00pm

HIST 5921 Social Movements in Global Perspective
Salvador Acosta, TTh 6:00-9:00pm

Spring 2017

HIST 5100 Disasters, Prediction and Planning in Global History (Shen)
Wednesdays 2:30 - 5:00 pm

HIST 5568 Stalinism: Life and Death in Soviet Russia (Siddiqi)
Tuesdays 5:30 - 8:00 pm

HIST 6133 Medieval Religious Institutions (Mueller)
Mondays 5:30 - 8:00 pm

HRSG 6731 US Immigration and Ethnicity (Soyer)
Thursdays 5:30 - 8:00 pm

HIST 8056 Seminar: Medieval Political Cultures
Nicholas Paul W 5:30 - 8:00 pm

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