Course Requirements

The Core

History 421 is a prerequisite for all other 400-level courses in the History department. This course must be taken in the Autumn quarter of the student’s first year.

The Graduate Colloquia

In between HST 421 and 489, students take nine courses from the list of graduate colloquia.  These colloquia share the programmatic emphasis of the curriculum with their emphasis on the historiographical aspects of their respective topic.  Note that that every colloquium, when offered, has a subtitle which identifies the specific sub-topic to be addressed that particular quarter. (For example: HST 431 Colloquium in American History: The New Deal.)   As long as the topics (as reflected in the subtitle) of  any colloquium are different, students may take more than one of any of the above courses.  In order to ensure that students realize the curricular goals of breadth of exposure to the historical discipline, however, in no case is a student to take more than four colloquia bearing the same number.  Thus, at the minimum, students will take courses in at least three different areas (as defined by colloquia titles).
 

With the permission of the Graduate Director, students may substitute up to eight quarter hours of Independent Study or Graduate Internship for two colloquia.

In addition, upon consultation with the Graduate Director and with his/her approval, students may count up to two eight quarter hours from another DePaul graduate program toward their M.A..  Such courses would reduce the number of required colloquia by two.

HST 421

THE HISTORICAL DISCIPLINE

This course introduces students to the fundamental concerns and skills necessary for the study of history at the graduate level. It does this by providing a "history of history," giving students an overview of the growth and development of the academic discipline of history, by addressing issues of methodology, historiography and historical philosophy, and by providing students with an awareness of current concerns, controversies, and debates in the discipline. Restricted to students in the MA in History program.
Prerequisites:
Status as an MA in History student is a prerequisite for this class.

HST 422

SEMINAR IN PRIMARY SOURCE ANALYSIS

This course builds upon HST 421. It focuses on issues raised by the analysis of historical evidence, and exposes students to the many practical and theoretical tools by which historians construct historical knowledge out of this "raw" material. The course will include study of primary sources, methods of analysis and authentication, and ways in which different kinds of sources are integrated into coherent historical narratives.
Prerequisites:
HST 421 is a prerequisite for this class.

HST 489

GRADUATE CAPSTONE

This is an intensive seminar in which students are asked to analyze a number of important works of scholarship drawn from the breadth and complexity of the historical discipline. The course allows students to synthesize the many skills they have learned in their earlier classes, notably the ability to read and assess historical monographs. They will thereby demonstrate their competence in analyzing historical arguments, their knowledge of both historiography and historical content, and their proficiency in understanding the variety of primary sources and methods of interpreting them.
Prerequisites:
HST 421 is a prerequisite for this class.

HST 431

COLLOQUIUM IN AMERICAN HISTORY

Variable topics. Consult course schedule for current listings.
Prerequisites:
HST 421 is a prerequisite for this class.

HST 432

COLLOQUIUM IN LATIN AMERICAN HISTORY

Variable topics. Consult course schedule for current listings.
Prerequisites:
HST 421 is a prerequisite for this class.

HST 433

COLLOQUIUM IN AFRICAN HISTORY

Variable topics. Consult course schedule for current listings.
Prerequisites:
HST 421 is a prerequisite for this class.

HST 434

COLLOQUIUM IN ASIAN HISTORY

Variable topics. Consult course schedule for current listings.
Prerequisites:
HST 421 is a prerequisite for this class.

HST 435

COLLOQUIUM IN EUROPEAN HISTORY

Variable topics. Consult course schedule for current listings.
Prerequisites:
HST 421 is a prerequisite for this class.

HST 436

COLLOQUIUM IN ISLAMIC HISTORY

Variable topics. Consult course schedule for current listings.
Prerequisites:
HST 421 is a prerequisite for this class.

HST 437

COLLOQUIUM IN WORLD HISTORY

Variable topics. Consult course schedule for current listings.
Prerequisites:
HST 421 is a prerequisite for this class.

HST 438

COLLOQUIUM: SPECIAL TOPICS IN HISTORY

Variable topics. Consult course schedule for current listings.
Prerequisites:
HST 421 is a prerequisite for this class.

HST 492

GRADUATE INTERNSHIP

Internship.
Prerequisites:
HST 421 is a prerequisite for this class.

HST 497

INDEPENDENT STUDY

Independent Study
Prerequisites:
HST 421 is a prerequisite for this class.