Department of History

The graduate programs in the Department of History (M.A. in History, Certificate in Public History) are designed to serve the diverse needs of graduate students, whether they seek a solid grounding in graduate study as preparation for entry into doctoral programs, wish to earn a degree as part of their professional development, or are interested in pursuing careers as public historians, archivists, or librarians. By emphasizing an appreciation of the past in all of its complexities and the interconnectedness of knowledge about it, the graduate programs in History seek to instill in students a sense of curiosity and to develop critical thinking, communication, and analytical skills - skills relevant to a variety of careers.

Reflecting the missions of Georgia Southern University and the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, the department fosters a culture of close engagement with students, combines theory with practice, and extends the learning environment beyond the classroom to promote life-long learning and growth.

History Degree

History Certificate

HIST   5030G   Selected Topics in History

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Topics will vary with individual professor. Graduate students will be given an extra assignment (s) determined by the instructor that undergraduates will not be required to do.

Cross Listing(s): HIST   5030, HIST   5030S.

HIST   5130G   American Indian History

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A survey of the history of American Indians from pre-contact to the present, supplemented by case studies from a number of regions.

Cross Listing(s): HIST   5130.

HIST   5133G   Revolutionary America

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An intensive study of themes in Revolutionary American history (from 1763 to approximately 1790), including the growing rift between Britain and its colonies, the roles of women and African-Americans, and the origins of American identity. Graduate students will be given an extra assignment determined by the instructor that undergraduates will not be required to do.

Cross Listing(s): HIST   5133.

HIST   5134G   Civil War and Reconstruction

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An examination of the sectional polarization of the 1850's, the impact of war on the southern and northern home fronts, and the trauma of reconstructing the Union. Graduate students will be given an extra assignment determined by the instructor that undergraduates will not be required to do.

Cross Listing(s): HIST   5134.

HIST   5136G   Recent America: U.S. Since 1945

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Surveys the history of the United States from World War II to the present, including social, political, and economic developments. Graduate students will be given an extra assignment determined by the instructor that undergraduates will not be required to do.

Cross Listing(s): HIST   5136.

HIST   5137G   The Antebellum South

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

The social, intellectual, cultural, economic, and political history of the American South to 1861 with an emphasis on Georgia's role. Graduate students will be given an extra assignment determined by the instructor that undergraduates will not be required to do.

Cross Listing(s): HIST   5137.

HIST   5138G   The New South

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

The social, intellectual, cultural, economic, and political history of the post-Civil War South with an emphasis on Georgia's role. Graduate students will be given an extra assignment determined by the instructor that undergraduates will not be required to do.

Cross Listing(s): HIST   5138.

HIST   5230G   Advertising and Culture

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Surveys the business of selling consumer goods from the nineteenth century to the present with analysis of how advertising became a cornerstone of the consumer culture and how ads historically have communicated images of the American dream. Graduate students will be given an extra assignment determined by the instructor that undergraduates will not be required to do.

Cross Listing(s): HIST   5230.

HIST   5232G   Working Class History in the United States

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An examination of the social, cultural and political history of the working class in the United States since industrialization. Graduate students will be given an extra assignment determined by the instructor that undergraduates will not be required to do.

Cross Listing(s): HIST   5232.

HIST   5233G   The American City

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An examination of American urban development from the colonial period to the present with particular attention paid to migration, architecture, technology, politics, transportation, and urban culture in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Graduate students will be given an extra assignment determined by the instructor that undergraduates will not be required to do.

Cross Listing(s): HIST   5233, AAST   5233, AAST   5233G.

HIST   5234G   Piracy in the Americas, 1500-1750

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course focuses on the history of piracy in the Americas during the Golden Age of Piracy, a period that ranges from European contact to the mid-1700s. It is an age marked by exploration, colonization, overseas trade, endemic religious conflicts, expansive empires, and refractory fiefdoms. Spain and Portugal began the exploration, overseas trade and conquest of this period, but their successes quickly led their northern neighbors, particularly the French, English, and Dutch, to cast their covetous eyes upon slowmoving, inbound treasure fleets of their southern neighbors; creating an elaborate game between predators and prey. The interactions that developed between predators and prey will be the primary subject of this course.

Cross Listing(s): HIST   5234.

HIST   5236G   Religion, Empire, and Revolution in the Eighteenth Century

Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course will follow the so-called long eighteenth century -- an era of great historical change and globalization -- through the many religious, intellectual, and scientific achievements associated with the rise and fall of European empires in the Atlantic World from c. 1650-1815. This era culminated in revolutionary movements that included the American, French, Haitian, and the Latin American Revolutions, events which arguably influenced much of nineteenth-, and twentieth-century global history. This course proceeds through an examination of various topics associated with this important crucible of global modernity: such topics may include religious change and the Enlightenment, imperial competition and absolutism, debates over race, slavery and gender equality, slavery in the Enlightenment, and the Age of the Democratic and Atlantic Revolutions. Graduate students will be given an extra assignment determined by the instructor which undergraduates will not be required to do.

Cross Listing(s): HIST   5236.

HIST   5332G   The Reformation

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Focuses on the breakup of western Christian unity in the sixteenth century, particularly on the formation of Lutheran and Calvinist denominations and the social, political, and economic consequences for all European through the seventeenth century. Graduate students will be given an extra assignment determined by the instructor that undergraduates will not be required to do.

Cross Listing(s): HIST   5332, RELS   5332, RELS   5332G.

HIST   5335G   World War II

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

The Second World War from its origins to its consequences. The military campaigns are covered, but there is also emphasis on the personalities, the technology, the national policies, and the effect of the war on the home fronts. Graduate students will be given an extra assignment determined by the instructor that undergraduates will not be required to do.

Cross Listing(s): HIST   5335.

HIST   5336G   Revolutionary France

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An examination of the causes, course, and consequences of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Eras. Graduate students will be given an extra assignment determined by the instructor that undergraduates will not be required to do.

Cross Listing(s): HIST   5336, HIST   5336S.

HIST   5339G   Britain and the World

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course focuses on the diplomatic, economic, colonial, environmental or cultural relationships between the British Isles and the broader world since 1485. Graduate students will be given an extra assignment determined by the instructor that undergraduates will not be required to do.

Cross Listing(s): HIST   5339.

HIST   5430G   Modern France

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An examination of the history of France from the fall of Napoleon Bonaparte in 1815 to the present. It will examine the political, diplomatic, cultural, economic, social, intellectual, and artistic developments which have shaped France in the modern era. Graduate students will be given an extra assignment determined by the instructor that undergraduates will not be required to do.

Cross Listing(s): HIST   5430.

HIST   5530G   20th Century Russia

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A survey of the history of Russia in the 20th century. Graduate students will be given an extra assignment determined by the instructor that undergraduates will not be required to do.

Cross Listing(s): HIST   5530, HIST   5530S.

HIST   5531G   Modern Japan

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Japan through the Tokugawa period to its nineteenth century emergence from isolation and its growth as a world power with emphasis on traditional culture, industrialization, and post-WW II society. Graduate students will be given an extra assignment determined by the instructor that undergraduates will not be required to do.

Cross Listing(s): HIST   5531, HIST   5531S, INTS   5531, INTS   5531G, INTS   5531S.

HIST   5532G   Modern China , 1600 to 1949

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course not only offers a general survey on the history of modern China from the rise of the Qing dynasty in 1644 to the establishment of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, but also introduces students to the historiography of modern China and requires students to analyze and discuss related theoretical issues. Graduate students will be given extra assignments determined by the instructor which undergraduates will not be required to do.

Cross Listing(s): HIST   5532, INTS   5532, INTS   5532G.

HIST   5533G   Economic Rivals: U.S.-EC-Japan

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Contrasts the historical development of business in the U.S., European Community, and Japan from preindustrial times to the present, emphasizing how culture, economics, and politics have shaped business growth and international trade, creating rival capitalists. Graduate students will be given an extra assignment determined by the instructor that undergraduates will not be required to do.

Cross Listing(s): HIST   5533, INTS   5533, INTS   5533G.

HIST   5534G   Contemporary China

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course focuses on China’s unique historical trajectory of modernization from 1949 to the present. It consists of a series of topical lectures on changes in China’s politics, economy, society, and culture, with special emphasis on important events such as the Great Leap Forward, the Cultural Revolution, China’s Post-Mao Reforms, the 1989 Tiananmen Incident, and the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Graduate students will be given extra written assignments determined by the instructor that integrate more articles and books in their research and will be required to show greater sophistication in primary source analysis.

Cross Listing(s): HIST   5534.

HIST   6631   Advanced Topics Public History

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

In this course, students will develop advanced proficiency in the professional practice of Public History through readings and experiential learning that will prepare them to present historical knowledge to a public audience. Topics vary. May be repeated for credit.

Cross Listing(s): HIST 5431.

HIST   7630   The Historian's Craft

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This seminar introduces graduate students to professional aspects of teaching and pursuing research in history, including historiography, preparing a curriculum vitae, fundamentals of classroom teaching and tutoring.

HIST   7631   Readings in American History

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A reading colloquium in which topics will vary with individual professor.

Cross Listing(s): HIST   7631S.

HIST   7631S   Readings in American History

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A reading colloquium in which topics will vary with individual professor.

Cross Listing(s): HIST   7631.

HIST   7633   Readings in European History

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A reading colloquium in which topics will vary with individual professor.

HIST   7635   Readings in Non-Western History

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A reading colloquium in which topics will vary with individual professor.

HIST   7638   Research Seminar

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Topics vary with individual professor.

Cross Listing(s): HIST   7638S.

HIST   7638S   Research Seminar

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Topics vary with individual professor.

Cross Listing(s): HIST   7638.

HIST   7639   Studies in Georgia History

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Engages a variety of selected topics in Georgia History.

HIST   7651   Seminar in Public History

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

In this course, students will explore the latest research, theories, and best practices in the field of Public History through readings, discussions, and written assignments. Topics include but are not limited to: museums; oral history; film, new media, and historical knowledge; popular publishing; national parks; visual history; archives; historical preservation.

HIST   7661   Seminar in Museum Studies

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course provides an introduction to the history and development of museums and the professionalization of the field. It covers the structure and nature of curatorial, education, and administrative work in museums and theoretical and practical issues facing museums today. The course will provide an overview of current method and theory in material culture studies. Students will visit and evaluate museums and virtual exhibits and study major exhibit controversies and debates about the politics of historical memory and exhibition. Readings and discussions will provide a basis for a hands-on section of the course where student teams will create small case exhibits that transmit and display historical knowledge.

HIST   7791   Graduate Internship in History

1-6 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course is designed to give graduate students applied history experiences in museums, historical societies, historical sites, or other venues approved by the History Department Chair. May be taken only by History graduate students or Certificate in Public History students. Maximum of 3 credit hours may apply toward the M.A. degree for students pursuing the thesis option; maximum of 6 credit hours may apply toward the M.A. degree for students pursuing the non-thesis option. This course will not substitute for thesis credit or non-thesis project credit required for the M.A. degree.

HIST   7830   Historical Writing

3 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Techniques of writing and editing manuscripts based on original historical research.

HIST   7831   Independent Study in History

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Topics vary with professor.

Cross Listing(s): HIST   7831S.

HIST   7831S   Independent Study in History

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Topics vary with professor.

Cross Listing(s): HIST   7831.

HIST   7990   Non-Thesis Project in History

1-6 Credit Hours.   1-6 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course focuses on planned research and writing directed by student's advisor. Intended for graduate students pursuing the nonthesis option in the M.A. program in History and/or students pursuing the graduate Certificate in Public History. This course can count as an elective for M.A. students only if they are also pursuing the graduate Certificate in Public History.

HIST   7999   Thesis

1-12 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Planned research and writing directed by student's thesis advisor.