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    The number in parentheses following course title indicates units of credit given for the class. To learn when a particular course will be offered you can check EagleNet, the History Department bulletin board, the history advisors, and or the course instructor 

    HIST 501 Introduction to Historical Studies (5)

    A seminar on the nature and problems of historical study with an emphasis on recent historiographical trends and research methods.

    HIST 512 British History (5)  Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

    The study and analysis of a number of works by different authors representing a variety of views and interpretations of British history.

    HIST 520 Modern European History (5) Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

    Readings on problems in European history since 1789, with the object of expanding the student's grasp of factual material as well as interpretation and bibliography.

    HIST 527 Comparative Social History (5) Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

    A reading seminar focused on the sources and methods used to understand the historical significance of "ordinary" people's lives.

    HIST 530 Latin American History (5) Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

    Readings on problems in Latin American History from colonial times, with the object of expanding the student's understanding of factual material as well as interpretation and bibliography.

    HIST 532 American Colonial and Revolutionary History (5) Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

    A survey of problems of research and interpretation in American History to 1783.

    HIST 534 19th Century U.S. America (5) Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

    A survey of problems of research and interpretation in the era from Jackson through Reconstruction, with the objective of preparing the student to conduct original research in the field.

    HIST 536 Contemporary American History (5) Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

    Readings in selected topics relating to contemporary America.

    HIST 538 History of the American West (5) Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

    The participants in this readings course will be expected to investigate and analyze original documents and secondary accounts.

    HIST 540 Women in U.S. History (5) Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. 
    Readings and problems in the history of women in the United States. The course is designed to prepare students for more specialized research in the field.  

    HIST 542 Public History (5) Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

    Research using regional public and private collections to prepare both the general historian and the urban and regional planner for service in the fields of local history, museology and historic preservation. Required of students in public history field.

    HIST 550 Graduate Research Seminar (5) Prerequisites: permission of the instructor.

    The Research Seminar introduces graduate students to advanced techniques in primary source research in history. With guidance from the instructor and appropriate faculty members, students must find a suitable topic for research, complete with a historiographical justification. Students must conduct primary source research on their topic with special focus on printed sources-periodicals, newspapers, diaries and manuscripts-available through interlibrary loan. Students will prepare a historiographical essay, an annotated bibliography and a detailed outline of their project. Moreover, students must give evidence of substantial research in the relevant primary sources.

    HIST 590 Historical Writing and Editing (5)

    This course sharpens students' research and writing skills and leads them into the realm of actual writing, editing and typesetting of historical articles for publication. The key feature of the class is a "hands on" approach to historical publication.

    HIST 596 Experimental Courses (1-5)

    HIST 597 Workshops (1-5)

    HIST 598 Graduate Writing Seminar (5) Prerequisites: HIST 550 and permission of the instructor. 

    Writing seminar involving presentation and critique of research papers.

    HIST 599 Independent Study/Reading (1-5) Prerequisites: permission of the instructor, department chair and college dean.

    HIST 600 Thesis (1-15) Prerequisites: MA candidacy and permission of the instructor, department chair and college dean.

     A bound research study conducted as partial fulfillment of a master's degree under the direction of a graduate committee.

    HIST 601 Research Project (1-15) Prerequisites: MA candidacy and permission of the instructor, department chair and college dean.

    A research study in lieu of a bound thesis conducted as partial fulfillment of a master's degree under the direction of a graduate committee.

    HIST 694 History Internship (2-5) Graded Pass/No Credit. Prerequisite: permission of the department.

    This program will stress application of history to potential vocational opportunities by providing supervised work experiences in cooperating agencies. Internships may be created in several fields; one such program will be a museum internship; others may be created in archives and libraries.

    HIST 696 College Teaching Internship (2-5) Prerequisite: permission of the department.

    Learn teaching techniques appropriate for university teachers. Includes course planning, arranging bibliographical and instructional aids, experience in classroom instruction and student course evaluation.


    Contact Information

    Michael F. Conlin, Graduate Director
    Patterson Hall 103-L
    Cheney, WA 99004

    email: mconlin@ewu.edu
    phone: 509.359.7851

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