Fall Semester 2019-20

AMS/HST 435/535 Public History Practicum – MW 10:05-11:25am
Dr. Helen Sheumaker

This course is a digital history project.  Our goal:  to investigate the lives of every student at Miami University from 1824 to 1864 who was from a southern state.  Accounts of the early history of Miami always note that between one-third to one-half of students were southern - and indeed, this is clear from the year the Civil War started on April 12, 1861.  The first part of the semester, each student will conduct basic research and help build a database of findings for future researchers.  Final  project will be an in-depth research paper on the life of one student of their choosing, following their family and their life after Miami.

Graduate students will identify and conduct a full-length research project related to Miami University history, Ohio History, and the 19th century, using materials from the MU Archives and Special Collections.

HST/POL/RUS 436/536 Havighurst Colloquium:  Russia Abroad: Homesick and Sick of Home – MW 11:40-1:00
Dr. Benjamin Sutcliffe (GRAMELAC)

452/552 Florence in the Time of the Republic, 1250-1550 T R 11:40am - 1:00pm
Dr. P. Renee Bernstein

Few European city-states have aroused as much comment from contemporaries and historians as the Republic of Florence. Begins with the emergence of the popular commune (1250), continues through the crisis of the 14th century (plague, depression, workers' revolts), the Medici family domination, foreign invasions, and the fall of the republic. Special attention to the myth of the 'Renaissance' and Florence's role in the creation of that myth. Topics include: political theory, including Machiavelli's Prince and Discourses; banking and business; the definition of community through civic religion; families and clans; art and architecture; ritual behavior and the definition of people marginal to society.

HST 601  Historical Methods - M 1:15-3:55pm
Dr. Amanda McVety

An introduction to the practice and the discipline of history, required of all first-year students.  In addition to exploring methodological issues, the course seeks to impart basic professional skills.  It will also serve as an introduction to History Department faculty and fields.

HST 604  Research Seminar II - W 1:15-3:55pm
Dr. Linsday Schakenbach Regele

HST 604 continues where HST 603 leaves off, and must be taken in sequence.  It provides students the opportunity to continue work towards the completion of their thesis, project or examination.  Students will typically build on their summer research and/or reading.  For students working on a thesis or project, the requirement is the completion of either a chapter (thesis) or a substantial written portion (project).  Toward the end of the term, the course instructor, the advisor and the student will meet to review student progress on the course project and toward the degree.  This meeting will determine areas where further work is needed, and assess student preparation to move ahead toward completion of the degree requirements.

HST 670A  Graduate Colloquium:  Paris Peace Settement After 100 Years - T 1:15-3:55pm
Dr. Sheldon Anderson

Colloquium in History (3) Reading and discussion of major works on selected topics. Colloquium may be taken more than once if topic changes.

HST 677  Independent Study (1-5 credit hours)

Independent study with a faculty member in History.  First-year students must take this course for at least 3 credit hours in the first semester.  May be repeated.  Information and the form are available from One Stop and must be signed by the department chair before submitting.