Announcements of programs available as of January 1996 are as follows:
From: Randy Head
University of California - Riverside email@example.com
History of the Early Modern World at the University of California, Riverside
(Tentative description, 12/95: Program currently under development)
The History Department at the University of California, Riverside, is currently developing a graduate program in the history of the early modern world. With the support of over a dozen faculty members whose research concentrates on aspects of early modern world in the Americas, Europe, Africa and China, the program will draw upon the rapid development of theory, method, and research results in this new discipline. The program is currently offering its first year of graduate courses, and current students can choose comparative world history as a field for their M.A. examinations. As course offerings expand in the coming years, the program will begin offering the Ph.D. degree in conjunction with traditional regional subdisciplines.
The current faculty in the UC-Riverside History Department provide an excellent foundation for studying the early modern world. In addition to a strong base in colonial North America (including the director of the Laboratory for Historical Research, a facility specializing in quantitative methods and historical demography), we have strong representation in early modern Europe including Russia, along with faculty working in the history of Africa, colonial Latin America, and China during the early modern period.
It is our intention throughout to couple the early modern world program with continued concentration by faculty and students in the more traditional regional specialties. The synthetic and comparative character of the one will thus complement the specialization in depth that will continue to be required for all degree candidates. At the M.A. level, our program will offer Comparative World History as a separate major field for students concentrating in any of the other major areas of study. For Ph.D. students, we propose offering degrees that combine a regional specialization with a comparative perspective on the early modern world. Doctoral dissertations will continue to require close detailed work with the original sources of a particular place and time--essential to the modern discipline of history--but would also be expected to place local research in the context not only of national historiographies, but also of current scholarship on the early modern world.
The planned course program consists of three legs. First, an introductory colloquium on the historiography of the early modern world (History 207) will define the field for students in the program. Then, in addition to courses already offered as part of the various regional subdisciplines, we will also offer topical courses on specific problems on a regular basis (History 277). Intentionally framed as a flexible rubric that encourages teamteaching, courses have already been proposed or taught on the African slave trade, on comparative viewpoints about migration across the Atlantic, cultural contact as a result of early modern developments, and ecological history in the early modern period. Finally, we will begin offering a intensive seminar in which students will themselves conduct a comparative research project using original sources; by its structure, the seminar will require students to work outside their own regional areas of specialization.
Contact for further information: Randolph C. Head, Department of History, University of California, Riverside, CA 92521. Phone: 909-787-2148
From: Terry Burke <firstname.lastname@example.org>
University of California, Santa Cruz
GRADUATE STUDY IN WORLD HISTORY
AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SANTA CRUZ
The University of California, Santa Cruz announces its new Ph.D. program in history at the University of California, Santa Cruz. The program includes a teaching field in world history.
Explicitly interdisciplinary and cross-cultural in its approach, the graduate program in history at UCSC offers a rigorous program of study which includes training in the techniques of original historical research as well as in teaching university-level courses in history.
The program has several unique features. One is that all graduate students must seek admission to a research cluster, in addition to applying for admission to the program as a whole.
Research clusters coordinate the research activities of faculty and graduate students around a few core themes. The board currently offers three basic groupings: (1) social and cultural history; (2) the history of gender; and (3) the comparative history of race, ethnicity, and nationalism.
Second, all graduate students must pass qualifying exams in two teaching fields, in addition to their research field and a non-history cognate field. Teaching fields include: American history, European history since 1500, East Asian history since 1600, and world history.
Third, for the purposes of graduate teaching, the American field has been enlarged to include Latin American history and the European field has been enlarged to include the history of European colonialism and imperialism.
The program draws upon affiliated faculty in other disciplines, especially community studies, literature, sociology and women's studies.
Questions about the program should be directed to:
Board of Studies in History
University of California
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
From: Jerry H. Bentley
University of Hawaii email@example.com
Since 1986, the Department of History at the University of Hawaii has offered a Ph.D. field in world history. Ph.D. students in Hawaii prepare four fields, so that formal study of world history at an advanced level may account for about one-quarter of students' programs. The purposes of Hawaii's Ph.D. field in world history are to acquaint students with world history as a stillemerging field of research and scholarship and to encourage them to undertake research on global themes that do not lend themselves to adequate analysis within the frameworks of more traditional fields of historical scholarship.
Those who elect to prepare a field in world history complete at least two graduate seminars. The first is HIST 609, the Seminar in World History, offered generally in the fall semester, which undertakes a historiographical review of the most important literature, themes, theories, methods, concepts, issues, and approaches to world history as a field of research and scholarship. Alongside the classic literature of world history (Wells, Spengler, Toynbee, McNeill, etc.), the Seminar in World History concentrates attention on modernization analysis, world-system analysis, cross-cultural trade, migrations and diasporas, biological and ecological exchanges, imperialism, post-colonial perspectives, frontier societies, and cross-cultural encounters and exchanges. Apart from HIST 609, students preparing a field in world history complete at least one additional seminar that concentrates on some global problem, theme, issue, or analytical approach. Usually the second seminar is HIST 610, Topics in World History, the content of which varies with the instructor. In years pa t, HIST 610 has focused on cross-cultural encounters in the Americas in early modern times, migrations and diasporas, frontier societies, ethnographic historical analysis, biological exchanges, and capitalism in the modern world. Apart from HIST 609 and HIST 610, students preparing fields in world history often take HIST 612, the Seminar in Ethnographic History, and before too long the Department of History expects to add seminars in frontier societies and modern capitalism to its list of offerings.
For more information, write: Professor Jerry H. Bentley; Department of History; University of Hawaii; 2530 Dole Street; Honolulu, HI 96822. For application forms and information on other graduate programs in history, write: Graduate Secretary; Department of History; University of Hawaii; 2530 Dole Street; Honolulu, HI 96822.
From: Jack Owens
Idaho State University OWENJACK@FS.isu.edu
On Wed, 22 Nov 1995, Patrick Manning announced the creation of the H-WORLD gopher which can serve as a resource for information about academic programs in world history. That announcement prompts me to post the URL of my department's *proposed* M.A. program in Comparative and World History. We would appreciate comments. The page includes an e-mail link to me for that purpose. If you comment via that link, please be sure to include your name and e-mail address in the body of your message.
Thank you for any help you are able to give us. This graduate proposal is closely tied to our existing undergraduate programs, all of which center on Comparative and World History. While we developed the M.A. proposal in 1991, ISU's administration has just gotten interested in it again, although it is not clear why.
The Johns Hopkins University firstname.lastname@example.org
The doctoral world history program at The Johns Hopkins University can be used either to establish a teaching competence in world history, or else as a major field with a dissertation of intercultural or comparaive scope. Graduate students prepare four fields for preliminary examination. One of these can be in comparative and world history, usually prepared by participation in two semesters of the graduate section of a course called "The World and the West" followed by participation for one semester in a seminar on Comparative History. Whether comparative and world history is treated as a major field, or only as a field for teaching preparation, each student is expected to have a a principal interest in a time-place field (such as modern China, or Latin American history)
The department also offers a seminar in Comparative and World History, as a place where students, faculty, and visitors present the resurch results comparative history, or in aspects of Latin American and non-Western history.
A joint degree in history and anthopology is also available.
As of the fall semester of 1995, twelve doctoral candidates were participating in this program. The faculty memnbers associated with the program are:
Herman Bennett (Latin America and Africa) Philip Curtin (Africa and Comparative) Franklin Knight (Latin America) William Rowe (China and Comparative Urban History) A. J. R. Russell-Wood (Latin America and Lusophone world) Ronald Walters (United States and comparative popular culture)
For further information contact any of the above at (410) 516-
7575, or by mail at Department of History, The Johns Hopkins
University, Baltimore MD,
From: Stuart B Schwartz <email@example.com>
In response to the call for descriptions of world history grad programs, H-worlders might be interested in the program in Early Modern History at the University of Minnesota.
This is essentially a world history program which concentrates on the period 1450-1800. It is inter-continental in scope and seeks to integrate faculty and students with area interests into a study of the connections and comparisons during this period. The Center for early Modern History has a core faculty (specialties in China, Iberia, Latin America, Europe, North America, Native American, Africa, Middle East) and has a program in which distinguished visitors are brought in for academic terms or for shorter periods. Last year for example we had short visits from Nikkie Keddie, Jack Goldstone, and Robert Brenner. This year we had as a visiting professor for fall Sanjay Subrahmanyan (Delhi School of Economics).
The Center also sponsors conferences and other activities and has a series "Studies in Early Modern History" published by Cambridge University Press. The most recent volume is Stuart Schwartz, ed. "Implicit Understandings. Observing, reporting, and reflecting on the Encounters between Europeans and Other Peoples in the Early Modern Era" (Cambridge, 1994).
For further information write to Lucy Simler, Center for Early
Modern History, Department of History, 614 Social Science,
From: Pat Manning <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Northeastern University's Department of History grants the Ph.D. in World history, U.S. history and European history. The twoyear M.A. program also enables students to focus in world history.
Characteristics of the doctoral program:
science history, cultural history, and public history.
comparative and interactive approaches to major historical problems. Approaches to World History (survey for prospective
teachers ) Global Historiography (literature review) Seminar in Global History (given each year, with topical
variation) Plus other global and comparative courses
including global approaches in these fields.
courses on African, Caribbean and African-American history.
States and European history.
substantial focus in world history; historians of U.S. and Europe are developing global dimensions to their work. Faculty participants include: Christina Gilmartin (East Asian) Robert L. Hall (African-American and African) Gerald Herman (European) Patrick Manning (African and Atlantic) Felix Matos-Rodriguez (Caribbean and Latin America)
African-American Studies; Latino, Latin American and Caribbean Studies; Law, Policy and Society; SociologyAnthropology; Art & Architecture.
the Boston area.
In addition, the department and its World History Center have received funding from the Annenberg/CPB Project, which is expected to result in a CD-ROM on "Migration in Modern World History." This grant is likely to provide support for several doctoral candidates in 1996-97.
Applications for admission in September 1996 are due on March 1, 1996. We seek applicants with the BA degree (for a five-year program) or with the MA degree (for a three-year program). For further information, contact Patrick Manning, Department of History, Northeastern University, Boston, MA 02115. Phone (617) 373-4453; fax (617) 373-2661.
FROM Carter Findley Ohio State University email@example.com
The Department of History at Ohio State University offers a Ph.D. field in world history. Our graduate students prepare three fields for their Ph.D. candidacy exams (general exams). Of the three, the major field is a double field with two examiners; the two complementary fields have one examiner each. A complementary field, world history can account for about one quarter of a graduate student's course work. The world history field offers our graduate students a valuable and career-enhancing opportunity to study themes that do not fit into the space-time blocks or thematic units of the conventional curriculum.
For students who prepare a Ph.D. field in world history, the department offers History 700, "Readings in World History," and History 810, a two-quarter "Research Seminar in World History." Themes on which these courses have been, or are expected to be, offered include world system studies, subaltern studies, and international movements. Our graduate students gain practical experience as teaching associates in our undergraduate courses, which include both a two-quarter comprehensive survey and a capstone course on the world in the twentieth century. In addition, our graduate students complement their work in world history by preparing other fields from the extensive offerings of this large and comprehensive department.
Faculty members who regularly teach in our world history program include the following:
Professor Kenneth Andrien (Latin America) Professor James Bartholomew (Japan) Professor Philip Brown (Japan) Professor Carter Findley (Islamic civilization) Professor Jane Hathaway (Islamic civilization) Professor John Rothney (modern Europe) Professor Leila Rupp (women's history) Professor Marilyn Waldman (Islamic civilization)
Department of History, Ohio State University, 230 West 17th Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210-1367
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