Saint Louis University

HIST 5000 Theory and Practice of History.  This course will examine some of the most influential theories of today's intellectual marketplace which affect the study of history.  From historical materialism, through structuralism, semiotics, post-structuralism, post-modernism, and critical theory, to gender and narrative history, we will discuss their intellectual essence as well as their usefulness in terms of the insights they offer to the historian.  Apart from reviewing various theoretical approaches, we will also discuss their applications by closely examining selected cases of scholarship on American history, which employ them as tools of interpretation and as forms of writing about the past. (Offered annually)

HIST 5200
Studies in Late Antiquity and Byzantium. An examination of important topics in late ancient and Byzantine history including historiography and literature. (Offered annually)

HIST 5210 Advanced Studies in Late Antiquity and Byzantium.
An examination of the historiography, literature, and current trends in specialized topics in late ancient and Byzantine history. (Offered annually)

HIST 5250 Perspectives in Late Antiquity and Byzantium.
Lectures and readings on historical events and forces affecting specific periods in late ancient and Byzantine history. (Offered every semester)

HIST 5300 Studies in Medieval History.
An examination of important topics in medieval history including historiography and literature. (Offered annually)

HIST 5310 Advanced Studies in Medieval History.
An examination of the historiography, literature, and current trends in specialized topics in medieval history. (Offered annually)

HIST 5350 Perspectives in Medieval History.
Lectures and readings on historical events and forces affecting specific periods in medieval history. (Offered every semester)

HIST 5400 Studies in Early Modern History.
Study and discussion of secondary literature in early modern European history. (Offered annually)

HIST 5410 Advanced Studies in Early Modern History.
Examination of the historiography, literature, and current trends in specialized topics in early modern history. (Offered annually)

HIST 5450 Perspectives in Early Modern History.
Lectures and readings on historical events and forces affecting specific periods in early modern history. (Offered every semester)

HIST 5500 Studies in Modern European History.
An introduction to modern European history from 1600 to the present. Course offers students the opportunity to become acquainted with historiography, methods, and current debate in the specialty. (Offered every other year)

HIST 5510 Advanced Studies in Modern European History.
Examination of the historiography, literature, and current trends in specialized topics in modern European history. (Offered every other year)

HIST 5550 Perspectives in Modern European History.
Lectures and readings on historical events and forces affecting specific periods in modern European history. (Offered every semester)

HIST 5600 Studies in American History.
An intensive introduction to the secondary literature in American history. Students will become acquainted with classics as well as the latest scholarship. An introduction to methodology and recent literature in the study of U.S. history. Topics will range from colonial through contemporary American history. (Offered annually)

HIST 5610 Advanced Studies in American History.
Examination of the historiography, literature, and current trends in specialized topics in American history. (Offered annually)

HIST 5650 Perspectives in American History.
Lectures and readings on historical events and forces affecting specific periods in American history. (Offered every semester)

HIST 5700 Themes and Methods in World History.
Themes and Methods in World History is designed to introduce students to the field of World History. Students will be familiarized with various theoretical and methodological approaches to World History as well as major debates within the field. Students will develop an understanding of the narrative outline of World History. 

HIST 5800 Research Methodology.
Through extensive readings of the historical literature as well as a "hands-on" approach, this course examines quantitative approaches to historical problems. It will examine questions of data collection and measurement, and students will learn some analytical techniques and rudimentary statistics as they apply to historical research. (Offered occasionally)

HIST 5900 History Teaching Practicum.
Required of all graduate teaching assistants, this course covers teaching methods, lecturing, and other topics necessary to prepare an effective teacher. (Offered every Fall semester)

HIST 5930 Special Topics in History.

HIST 5950 Special Study for Examinations.

HIST 5970 Research Topics.

HIST 5980 Graduate Reading Course.

HIST 5990 Master's Thesis Research.

HIST 5CR-90 Master's Degree Study.

HIST 6800 Seminar in Late Antiquity and Byzantium.
Advanced research in a specific topic in late ancient or Byzantine history. (Offered annually)

HIST 6810 Seminar in Medieval History.
Advanced research in a specific topic in medieval history. Introductions to essential source collections, library resources, source criticism, archival methods, and paleography. (Offered annually)

HIST 6820 Seminar in Early Modern History.
Introduction to research in early modern Europe. Students become acquainted with research tools in early modern history, to learn paleographic and codicological skills. (Offered annually)

HIST 6830 Seminar in Modern European History.
An opportunity to undertake advanced research, through primary and archival sources and secondary literature, in a specific area of modern European history (1600 to the present). (Offered every other year)

HIST 6840 Seminar in American History.
An introduction to advanced research in American history. Readings in secondary literature. Students will undertake research, using also primary and archival sources. Thematic and chronological topics. (Offered annually)

HIST 6900 Professional Writing For Historians I. HIST 6900
is the first half (3 crs) of a two-semester course sequence designed to assist students in making the critical transition from being a student to becoming a scholar. The primary goals of the sequence are to orient students to professional expectations in the professorate and to develop a program of professional writing and dissertation research as efficiently and effectively as possible. More specifically, the courses aim to help students to conceptualize a dissertation, to fund a year of research from external sources, and to begin establishing a record of scholarship. As the first course in the sequence, HIST 6900 focuses on grant-writing and the dissertation prospectus, with the goal of having students submit at least one application for external funding and to finish the "problem section" of their prospectus. During the semester, the class also works on other professional development issues, such as networking and presenting conference papers. Offered every Fall. 

HIST 6901 Professional Writing for Historians II. HIST 6901
is the second half (3 crs) of a two-semester course sequence designed to assist students in making the critical transition from being a student to becoming a scholar. The primary goals of the sequence are to orient students to professional expectations in the professorate and to develop a program of professional writing and dissertation research as efficiently and effectively as possible. More specifically, the courses aim to help students to conceptualize a dissertation, to fund a year of research from external sources, and to begin establishing a record of scholarship. As the second course in the sequence, HIST 6901 focuses on completion of the dissertation prospectus and article writing. Students are expected to revise fully at least one seminar paper they have written and submit it for publication to a reputable academic journal. During the semester, the class also takes up timely professional development issues, such as interviewing for jobs, writing a cover letter, and organizing a CV. Offered every Spring. Prerequisite: HIST 6900 

HIST 6930 Special Topics in History.

HIST 6950 Special Study for Examinations.

HIST 6970 Research Topics.

HIST 6980 Graduate Reading Course.

HIST 6990 Dissertation Research.

HIST 6CR-99 Doctoral Degree Study.