College of Arts and Sciences
(An asterisk [*] denotes associate membership in University Graduate School faculty.)
Robert F. Byrnes Professor David Ransel
Ruth Halls Professor
Donald F. Carmony Chair
Mendel Chair in Latin American History
Thomas and Kathryn Miller Professor
John W. Hill Associate Professor
Visiting Assistant Professor
Adjunct Associate Professors
Director of Graduate Studies
The graduate program in history at Indiana University includes formal course work and opportunities for independent study in nearly all recognized fields, both chronological and geographical. Moreover, the department is strongly committed to interdisciplinary programs, and it works closely with area studies programs, journals, and historical organizations. The graduate program is designed to help students in the development of their knowledge and of their critical and analytical skills. Courses and programs in the Department of History prepare students for work as professional historians in a variety of settings: in public history, editing, librarianship, and government service, as well as in historical research and teaching at all levels.
See also general University Graduate School requirements .
Foreign Language Requirement
Students may demonstrate proficiency by any of the three methods normally sanctioned by the University Graduate School or by passing a reading examination prepared by members of the history department faculty. The examination includes two texts of approximately 400 words each, one drawn from primary historical sources and the other typically drawn from historiographical sources. A student will be expected to translate the first text and answer critical questions about the second.
Foreign Language Requirement
Study for these two degrees can be combined for a total of 50 credit hours rather than the 66 credit hours required for the two degrees taken separately. Students take 20 credit hours in history as outlined above under course requirements for the Master of Arts degree and 30 credit hours of library science, including L503, L505, L507, L520, L524, L528, L586 (or History H547 with the topic "Archives"), L596, and L625, plus 3 credit hours of electives in the School of Library and Information Science. Admission to each of the two areas of study is approved separately on the same basis as for other applicants not in the dual program.
Foreign Language/Research Skill Requirement
Termination of Enrollment in the Doctoral Program
Ph.D. Minor in History
To arrange for a history minor, students should consult the director of graduate studies, who will recommend a member of the faculty to serve as an advisor. In consultation with the advisor, a program of study will be outlined and a copy of the plan filed with the director of graduate studies. Upon completion of the course work, either the student's history advisor or the director of graduate studies will attest to the successful completion of the outside minor.
Further information regarding departmental regulations governing advanced degree programs may be found in A Guide to Graduate Studies in History, available on from the department's graduate Web page:www.indiana.edu/~histweb
A301-A302 American Colonial History I-II (3-3 cr.)
A421 Topics in United States History (3 cr.) Intensive study and analysis of selected historical issues and/or problems in United States history. Topics will vary from semester to semester.
A507 American Cultural History (3 cr.) Central topics in American cultural life and thought from the late nineteenth century to the present. Special focus on the changing sense of personal selfhood among specific ethnic and religious groups, social classes, genders, and professions. Examination of how this changing sense has manifested itself in cultural forms.
B568 Modern Italy (3 cr.) Risorgimento and unification; liberal Italy and the mutilated victory (WWI); Italian opera; Fascism; alliance with Nazi Germany and defeat (WWII); Christian Democrats vs. Communists; major cultural movements; the economic miracle; the Mafia; left- and right wing violence and terrorism; the kickbacks scandal and the Second Republic.
C580 History of Ancient Medicine (3 cr.) Covers the history of ancient medicine in Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece (Homeric, Hippocratic, and Asclepian), China, India, Alexandria, and Rome (Soranus, Galen, and the medical service of the Roman army), and modern uses of humoral theory. Major focus is on the Hippocratic treatises as primary sources.
D527 The People vs. The Emperor: Nation-Making and Imperial Decline in East Central Europe, 1780-1918 (3 cr.)
D528 The Search for European Integration: Eastern Europe in the Twentieth Century (3 cr.)
E531 African History from Ancient Times to Empires and City States (3 cr.) Origins and groupings of African peoples; political, social, and economic evolution to ca. 1750; Africa's contacts with the ancient world, trans-Sahara and Indian ocean trades; growth of states and empires; spread of Islam.
E532 African History from Colonial Rule to Independence (3 cr.) The slave trade and its abolition; European imperialism and colonial rule; impact of Islam and Christianity; nationalism and the struggle for independence; reassertion of African culture and identity; development issues.
E533 Conflict in Southern Africa (3 cr.) Early populations and environment; spread of European settlement, interaction with African societies and early race relations; Zulu power and white power; discovery of minerals and industrialization; urbanization and segregation; African and Afrikaner nationalism; south Africa and its neighbors; Mandela and the new South Africa.
E534 History of Western Africa (3 cr.)
E536 History of East Africa (3 cr.) Developments over the past two millennia in East Africa (Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, and northern Mozambique). Topics include the environment and peoples of the region, the emergence of hierarchical societies, the economic and political changes of the nineteenth century, the era of European imperialism, the transformations associated with the colonial period, and African independence.
E538 History of Muslim West Africa (3 cr.) Introduction to the history and historiography of Muslim West Africa; develops the origins of Islam in West Africa and the ways West Africans have incorporated, transformed, and amplified Muslim beliefs and practices throughout history.
F341 Latin America: Discovery, Conquest, and Empire (3 cr.)
F342 Latin America: Evolution and Revolutions since Independence (3 cr.)
F432 Twentieth-Century Revolutions in Latin America (3 cr.)
F536 Modern Central American History (3 cr.) Studies social, economic, cultural, and political development from 1821 to 1990. Major topics include coffee and liberalism, United States and Nicaragua, the era of reform, revolution and counterrevolution.
F543 Modern Brazil since 1850 (3 cr.)
F546 Modern Mexico (3 cr.) Places contemporary Mexico in historical perspective, focusing on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Topics include nineteenth-century social and political movements, the causes and consequences of the 1910 revolution, the formation of Mexico's political system, problems of economic growth, and the changing patterns of gender, class, and ethnicity in Mexican society.
G465 Chinese Revolutions and the Communist Regime (3 cr.)
G467 Traditional Japan (3 cr.)
G468 Early Modern Japan (3 cr.)
G567 Premodern Japan (3 cr.) Society and culture on the Japanese archipelago from their origins to the high middle ages. Prehistoric Jomon and protohistoric Yayoi. Formation of the Japanese state under the influence of Chinese and Korean models. Heian courtly culture. Ascendancy of military elites and developments in popular culture during Kamakura and Muromachi periods.
G568 Early Modern Japan (3 cr.) Samurai culture, expansion of Buddhism, and sectarian violence. High feudalism, unification, and the Tokugawa settlement after 1600. Encounter with European civilization, closed country. Urbanization, social and cultural change, rise of agrarian prosperity in the Edo period to about 1800.
G569 Modern Japan (3 cr.) Western impact and social and intellectual change in late Tokugawa Japan from about 1720. The Meiji Restoration. State capitalism and the Japanese development process. Empire, war, defeat, U.S. occupation, and renewal in the twentieth century. Japan's rise to the front rank of world economic powers after World War II.
G580 Early China (3 cr.) China from its neolithic background through the Quin and Western Han dynasties. Examines the Shang tribal polity, royal and aristocratic phases of the Zhou state, and the creation of the imperial system in the Qin-Han period. Changing patterns of ideology, political legitimacy, and social organization through archaeological and textual sources.
G582 Imperial China I (3 cr.) The Chinese empire from the Han through the Tang dynasties (second century B.C. through tenth century A.D.). Relations among demographic patterns, political forms, social classes, economic developments, religious movements, and cultural diversification, investigated through secondary and translated primary sources. Credit given for only one of G582 or G461.
G583 Imperial China II (3 cr.) The Chinese empire from the Song through the middle Qing dynasties (tenth through eighteenth centuries A.D.). Relations among demographic patterns, political forms, social classes, economic developments, philosophical movements, and cultural diversification, investigated through secondary and translated primary sources. Credit given for only one of G583 or G461.
G585 Modern China (3 cr.) Survey of the final century of dynastic rule and the rise to power of the Nationalist and Communist parties, highlighting social and cultural developments, the impact of Western imperialism, and the evolution of revolutionary ideologies. Credit given only for G585 or G462.
G587 Contemporary China (3 cr.) Survey of recent Chinese history focusing on social, cultural, and political life in the People's Republic of China and post-1949 Taiwan. Events covered include the Long March, the Cultural Revolution, and the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989. Credit given for olny one of G587 or G462.
H425 Topics in History (1-3 cr.)
T500 Topics in History (3 cr.) Intensive study and analysis of selected historical issues and problems of limited scope from the perspective of social and historical studies. Topics will vary but will ordinarily cut across fields, regions, and periods. May be repeated for credit.
H500 History of Historical Thought (4 cr.) Approaches to the historian's craft and reflections on history as a type of scholarly thinking. Recommended for new graduate students and others interested in history as a branch of knowledge. With the consent of the director of graduate studies, may be repeated for credit when the instructor differs.
H501 Historical Methodology (4 cr.) Discussion and application of the various methods and strategies used in historical research.
H509 Special Topics in European History (3 cr.) Study of special topics in history of Europe at graduate level. May be repeated once for credit.
H511 Special Topics in United States History (3 cr.) Intensive study and analysis of selected topics in United States history. Topics will vary from semester to semester.
H520 Shaping Careers in History (2 cr.) Introduces students to the history profession in order to facilitate planning of careers in the university and beyond. Emphasis placed on the changing nature of careers inside and outside academia and ways students might construct a program of study to serve their professional goals.
H521 Special Topics in African, Asian, or Latin American History (3 cr.) Intensive study and analysis of selected topics in African, Asian, or Latin American history. Topics will vary from semester to semester, e.g., traditional Asia, modern Asia, Latin American intellectual History.
H523 The Holocaust (3 cr.) Intensive introduction to the historical events and intellectual developments leading up to and surrounding the destruction of European Jewry during World War II. The Holocaust will be examined against the backdrop of modern Jewish and modern German history.
H524 Issues in Contemporary Historiography (4 cr.) Overview of the discipline of history. Focuses on understanding and placing in perspective current debates in the field. Topics vary, but attention will be paid in each case to overarching themes such as the differences between historical subfields and the overlaps and divergences between history and other disciplines.
H540 Quantitative Methods in History (4 cr.)
H541 Advanced Quantitative Methods (4 cr.)
H542 Public History (4 cr.) The application of history to public needs and public programs. Historic preservation, archival management, oral history, editing, public humanities programming, historical societies, etc.
H543 Practicum in Public History (1-4 cr.) P: H542. Internships in public history programs, field work, or research in the historical antecedents of contemporary problems.
H546 History of Science, Medicine, and Technology (3 cr.) Study of topics in the history of science, medicine, and technology. May be repeated once for credit.
H547 Special Topics in Public History (3 cr.) Intensive study and analysis of selected topics in public history. Topics will vary from semester to semester, e.g., to include historic preservation, material history, archival practice, and historical editing.
H575 Graduate Readings in History (cr. arr.)**
H580 The Teaching of College History (1-2 cr.) Approaches to college-level instruction in history, either (1) through training to be an associate instructor, or (2) through work as a course assistant, assisting a faculty member in planning and teaching a 300- or 400-level history course. May be repeated once for credit. S/F grading.
H591 Teaching World History (3 cr.) Introduction to the teaching of the undergraduate courses in world history. Topics include current curricula in world history; textbooks and other readings in world history; and multimedia resources. Students will prepare an undergraduate course syllabus of their own design.
H592 Teaching World History Practicum (3 cr.) A first practical experience in teaching an unergraduate advanced topics course in world history. Topics are at the discretion of the student, but require authorization by the instructor and the Department of History. Students will have complete responsibility for the course taught.
H593 Teaching United States History (3 cr.) Introduction to teaching undergraduate courses in United States History. Topics include: curricula in U.S. history, pedagogy in U.S. history, textbooks, and multimedia resources. Students will design two undergraduate course syllabi.
H594 Teaching Unites States History II: Practicum (3 cr.) A first practical experience in teaching an undergraduate advanced topics course in United States history. Topics are at the discretion of the student, but require authorization by the instructor and the Department of History. The student will have complete responsibility for the course taught.
H601 Introduction to the Professional Study of History (4 cr.) Introduces graduate students into the demands of the historical profession, introduces theory and methods of history, historiography, and fundamental research skills.
These colloquia are of seminar size and involve oral and written study of the problems, bibliographies, interpretations, and research trends in the fields with which they respectively deal; they are the chief means by which a student becomes knowledgeable in history at a professional level and prepares for the doctoral qualifying examination. Any of them may be taken more than once, upon approval of the student's advisory committee.
These courses involve research at a mature level with primary sources in specialized topics and problems in the field with which they respectively deal. They train the student in historical scholarship. Any of them may be taken more than once, upon approval of the student's advisory committee.
H898 M.A. Thesis (1-6 cr.)**
H899 Ph.D. Dissertation (cr. arr.)**