SLU Department of History

List of All Currant Courses

Graduate Courses (Fall 2017)

Rozbicki 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, poststructuralism, postmodernism, 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.


Treadgold HIST 5210 - Seminar on Procopius' Secret History

We will read parts of the Greek text of Procopius' Secret History, with the reading assignments adjusted to each student's knowledge of Greek. You will also read the whole text in English translation and deliver a short seminar paper on some aspect of it. The Secret History is one of the most interesting and problematic Byzantine histories, composed around AD 550 by Byzantium's greatest historian in a skillful adaptation of Attic Greek. Students with the equivalent of two semesters of Greek (or more) are encouraged to take the course.

Boin HIST 5310 - Cities from Late Antiquity to the Early Middle Ages

This graduate seminar is a survey of the development of cities from the later Roman Empire to the early Middle Ages. Covering archaeological research from the Roman and post-Roman Mediterranean to the Persian Empire and beyond, it also provides an introduction to other methodologies useful in the study of social history of urban spaces such as identity, agency, landscape, memory, and religion. In whole, the class will explore the kaleidoscopic ways urban space shaped ancient daily life from the third through eighth century CE.

Ruff HIST 5410 - The Reformation and Its Legacy

This graduate seminar will examine the contested legacy of the Reformation. It will begin by examining recent scholarship on the Reformation's impact during the confessional age of the 16th and 17th centuries. It will then examine the renewal of confessional conflicts in North America and Europe in the 19th and 20th century and their easing in the last third of the 20th century.

Burke HIST 5610/5710 - Nature, Landscape, Place and Power: Environmental History

This course places at center stage plants, animals, diseases, and natural resources that we tend to overlook in the narratives that we tell about the early modern and modern world and, particularly, about North America. Our readings are organized according to the themes of exploration, disease, resources, and landscape and will establish familiarity with theories of place and definitions of wilderness. The class will invite, challenge, and prepare students to construct narratives of the past that incorporate both human beings and the natural world.


Glover HIST 5610 Readings in Writing American History

Students will interrogate the writing of American history as a craft with varying approaches, audiences, and publication venues. We'll read and discuss a rich diversity of historical writing: dissertations turned into monographs; Jill Lepore's efforts to revive the essay; synthetic overviews by field-defining senior scholars; UVA's early and transformative digital humanities projects; conference papers, journal articles, op-ed pieces, encyclopedia entries, websites, and experimental narratives. The class also offers practical guidance about how to write to build a vita and get published. Students will write scholarly reviews, design a thematic annotated syllabus, and complete a 3000-word end-of-term essay. Course readings center principally on American history, ranging from the seventeenth century to twenty-first. But students working in other geographic areas curious about an analytical exploration of writing history with practical professional outcomes are heartily welcome to enroll.


Madden HIST 6810 Seminar in Medieval History: The Crusades

Students will undertake advanced directed research on a topic within the area of Crusade Studies, broadly defined. In addition, students will be exposed to various methodologies and skill sets necessary substantive research into the medieval period. Course requirements include weekly discussions, a survey of primary sources, and a final paper, which will be an original piece of scholarship. Many previous students have published their final projects in leading scholarly journals.

10582 HIST 5000 01 FR 3.000 Thry/Prac of Hist: An Intro M 04:15:00 pm-07:00:00 pm  Michal J. Rozbicki (P) 


17849 HIST 5210 01 FR 3.000 Adv Ancnt & Byzantine Hist R 04:15:00 pm-07:00:00 pm  Warren Treadgold (P)

12759 HIST 5310 01 FR 3.000 Cities from Late Antiquity of the Early Middle Ages W 04:15:00 pm-07:00:00 pm  Douglas R. Boin (P) 

14780 HIST 5410 01 FR 3.000 The Reformation and Its Legacy T 04:15:00 pm-07:00:00 pm Mark E Ruff (P) 

15434 HIST 5610 01 FR 3.000 Reading in Writing America History W 04:15:00 pm-07:00:00 pm  Lorri M. Glover (P) 


17944 HIST 5610 02 FR 3.000 U.S./World, Environmental R 04:15:00 pm-07:00:00 pm Flannery G H Burke (P

17946 HIST 5930 01 FR 3.000 U.S./World Environmental R 04:15:00 pm-07:00:00 pm  Flannery G H Burke (P) 

17952 HIST 6810 01 FR 3.000 Seminar: The Crusades M 01:10:00 pm-04:00:00 pm  Thomas F. Madden (P) 

12773 HIST 6900 01 FR 3.000 Professional Writing for Historians I T 04:15:00 pm-07:00:00 pm  Damian J. Smith (P)

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