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History Graduate Courses

The department of history usually offers six graduate courses each semester. Most courses are rotated on a two- to three-year cycle. Required courses are offered every year, such as History Theory and Methods, the Pedagogy Tutorial, and the proseminar and seminar sequences.

Classes meet at both the Rose Hill and Lincoln Center campuses. 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.

Fall 2021

HIST 7110 - Church Law & Medieval Society
Prof. Mueller
Thurs. 2:30 - 5 p.m.

This course will consist of a two-semester proseminar/seminar sequence inviting graduate students to formulate and conduct original research projects in the field of medieval church law. Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.

HIST 6078 - Crusader States
Prof. Paul
Thurs. 5:30 - 8 p.m.

This course charts the social, political, and cultural history of the feudal principalities that were established by Latin Christians in the Eastern Mediterranean in the wake of the First Crusade. Students will be introduced to the narrative and documentary sources through which the history of the Latin Kingdom has been constructed, as well as the archaeology and art of the Levant during the period of Frankish occupation and settlement. In addition, we will engage with the major historiographical debates concerning the constitutional organization of the Latin kingdom, the relationship between the Frankish crusaders and Muslim and eastern Christian populations over whom they ruled, and the "colonial" character of the Latin settlements.

HIST 6724 - American Political and Intellectual History
Prof. Dietrich
Mon. 2:30 - 5 p.m.

An exploration of American intellectual and political history through important scholarly works in the field. The course is designed to provide an introduction to major historical debates and the methodological approaches for beginning graduate students as well as prepare doctoral students for their comprehensive exams in American history. Topics to be covered may include the formation of American ideology, political movements, and the contributions of major ideological and intellectual figures, particularly in connection to the rise of the U.S. as an economic and military power, the Progressive era, the world wars, the Great Depression, the Cold War, the civil rights movement.

HIST 5645 - Readings in Early America and the Atlantic World
Prof. Gherini
Mon. 5:30 - 8 p.m.

This graduate readings course will provide students with an introduction to the historiography of early America from contact through the era of revolutions. Major themes include the contesting and connecting of geographical areas across the continent, the everyday experiences of work across lines of race, class, and gender, and the rise and fall of continental and Atlantic empires. 

HIST 5422 - "1521"
Prof. Myers
Tues 5:30 - 8 p.m. 

In 1521, the world turned. Magellan’s fleet finished circling the globe, Luther was excommunicated, and Ignatius Loyola’s battle injuries turned him to pilgrimage and founding the Jesuits. And finally, Hernan Cortes and the Spanish conquered Tenochtitlan and the Triple Empire of the Aztecs, the most significant event of all. This graduate course will examine each of these world-defining events, but it will also explore the intersection and intersectionality of world-changing events to ponder the meaning and moment of globalization.

HIST 6520 - Europe from the Global Perspective
Prof. Wakeman
Tues. 2:30 - 5 p.m.

This course will address perspectives on 19th/20th century Europe in light of imperialism/colonialism, trade & commerce, transnational & global networks of migration, exchange, ideas. There will be a focus on socio-cultural and economic influences between Europe and wider world.   

HIST 5300 - History Theory and Methods:The Historians' Tools
Prof. Shen
Wed 5:30 - 8 p.m.

This course will introduce students to a range of intellectual traditions informing historical analysis and writing. Students will study major social thinkers and how historians have grappled with the implications of their ideas. The course aims to develop essential skills as professional readers, analysts researchers and writers.

Spring 2022

HIST 8110 - Church Law & Medieval Society
Prof. Mueller
Thurs. 2:30 - 5 p.m.

This course will consist of a two-semester proseminar/seminar sequence inviting graduate students to formulate and conduct original research projects in the field of medieval church law. 

HIST 5203 - Medieval Hagiography
Prof. Bruce
Fri. 2:30 - 5 p.m.

This research seminar introduces students to the challenges and pitfalls of using saints' lives and other hagiographical writings (miracula, furta sacra, etc.) as sources for medieval history. It aims to familiarize students with competing historical approaches to these genres and to provide a practical guide to the scholarly resources necessary to exploit them as historical sources.

HIST 6731 - U.S. Immigration and Ethnicity
Prof. Soyer
Mon. 5:30 - 8 p.m. 

This course will examine several important issues that have engaged the attention of historians of immigration and ethnicity. These include 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 recent scholarly 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 5403- The British Empire
Prof. Armstrong-Price
Wed. 2:30 - 5 p.m.

This course examines the history and historiography of the British Empire and decolonization from the 16th to the 20th centuries. We will look at specific case studies, including Ireland, India, Jamaica, and South Africa, to explore both a typology and chronology of empire as well as the more detailed interaction between metropole and periphery. We will also take a more general and critical look at explanatory metanarratives of empire such as postcolonial theory.

HIST 5650- Approaches to Global, Transnational, & Intellectual Histories 
Prof. Osei-Opare
Mon. 2:30 - 5 p.m. 

This course is intended to introduce students to the approaches, methods, theories, and critiques of writing global, transnational, and intellectual histories. We will cover broad geographic areas and a spectrum of writings and debates, spanning from Africa, Asia, and Europe to North and Central America. On the temporal front, most of the texts cover events post-1800. The course is not intended to be comprehensive. We simply aim to introduce students to the vital debates that have taken place among historians and between history and other disciplines.

The course should serve to point students in the direction of further reading and study and to also introduce them to some of the works and ideas of the Fordham history department.

HIST 8000 - Research Colloquium
Prof. Shen
Wed. 5:30 - 8 p.m. 

Required for MA and PhD students in Modern and Global History and taken in conjunction with a 3-credit research tutorial, this colloquium attends to the professional and practical aspects of their research project as well as providing a forum for progress reports and feedback.

HIST 5600 - Capitalism and its Others
Prof. Iyer
Tues. 5:30 - 8 p.m.

This course provides students with the foundations for graduate work on the history of economic life: the study of how humans have produced, exchanged, consumed, and thought about goods. We interrogate what the system we call capitalism is, how it emerged, and how it has worked in practice in different times and places. But we are also concerned with understanding capitalism in relationship to its various Others, including pre-capitalist pasts, non-capitalist alternatives, and post-capitalist visions of the future. In the first part of the course, we read works by Karl Marx, Max Weber, and Karl Polanyi, whose analyses of the origins and workings of capitalism have provided the foundations for later scholarship. In the remainder of the class, we examine particular topics on various world regions that allow us to grasp the various forms of capitalist economic life and its Others. Potential topics range from land tenure in pre-colonial native North America to world trade in the medieval period, to caste in colonial Indian labor markets, to feminist-Marxist visions of a post-work society. Students of any time period, including students working in disciplines outside of history, are welcome.

HIST 5924- Latin American History and Culture
Prof. Acosta
Mon. 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

This course provides a general survey of Latin American history and culture from the pre-colonial period to the present. It introduces graduate students to major topics, such as conquest and colonization, colonial institutions, racial and gender practices, slavery and Indian labor, the development of regional and national identities, independence movements, nation building and the rise of caudillos, foreign interventions, twentieth-century revolutions and social and political movements, among others.


Spring 2021

HIST 5574 - Readings in History: U.S. Foreign Relations
Prof. Dietrich
Thurs. 2:30 - 5 p.m.

HIST 5568 - Stalinism
Prof. Siddiqi
Mon. 2:30 - 5 p.m

HIST 5517 - Fascism
Prof. Patriarca
Tues. 5:30- 8 p.m.

HIST 5644 - Writing Early America: Historians Who Have Shaped the Discipline
Prof. Cornell
Wed. 2:30 - 5 p.m

HIST 5560 - History of Modern Science in Global Context
Prof. Shen
Mon. 5:30 - 8 p.m

HIST 6135 - Early Medieval Conflict & Peacemaking
Prof. Mueller
Thurs. 5:30 - 8 p.m

HIST 8056 - Medieval Political Cultures
Prof. Paul
Wed. 12:00 - 2:30 p.m


Fall 2020

HIST 5300 - History Theory and Methods
Prof. Iyer
Wed. 2:30 - 5 p.m.

HIST 5731 - History of Wealth and Poverty
Prof. Swinth
Tues 5:30 - 8 p.m.

HIST 6133 - Medieval Religious Institutions
Prof. Mueller
Thurs. 5:30 - 8 p.m.

HIST 6256 - Torture and Western Culture
Prof. Myers
Wed. 5:30 - 8 p.m.

HIST 7056 - Medieval Political Cultures
Prof. Paul
Tues 2:30 - 5 p.m.

HIST 5520 - European Mass Culture
Prof. Wakeman
Mon 5:30 - 8 p.m.

MVST 5080 - Interdisciplinary London: Medieval
Prof. Kowaleski
Wed 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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