Fall 2020 Online MA Courses

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American Indian History

with Ned Blackhawk, Professor of History and American Studies, Yale University

Ignored for generations, American Indian history has recently become among the most dynamic fields of historical inquiry. As scholars now recognize, Indian peoples have fundamentally shaped and defined the modern world. From the founding of the first European settlements in North America to continuing debates over the meanings of American democracy, Indian history remains integral to understanding of US history and culture. This course introduces this complex and often ignored field of study.

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Registration information: CRNs: Lecture Section: 74322, Lab (Discussion) Sections: 74323, 74324, 74325, 74326, 74327, 74328, 74354, 74355.


The American Enlightenment

with Caroline Winterer, William Robertson Coe Professor of History and American Studies, Stanford University 

The Enlightenment is often associated with Europe, but in this course we will explore how the specific conditions of eighteenth-century North America—slavery, the presence of large numbers of indigenous peoples, a colonial political context, and even local animals, rocks, and plants—also shaped the major questions and conversations of the time. We will examine how Enlightenment ideas directly influenced the American Revolution’s commitment to liberty, natural rights, separation of powers, and the pursuit of happiness—and how those ideas crept into almost every other area of American life as well.

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Registration information: CRNs: Lecture Section: 74315, Lab (Discussion) Sections: 74316, 74317, 74318, 74319, 74320, and 74321.


The Fight for Women’s Rights: 1820–1920

with Catherine Clinton, Denman Endowed Professor in American History, University of Texas at San Antonio

One century ago, the Nineteenth Amendment was ratified making it illegal (and unconstitutional) to deny or abridge American citizens’ right to vote based on their gender. We will concentrate on the civic campaigns and political battles for women to win the franchise while trying to answer the questions of how and why the struggle for women’s suffrage took over a century. We will examine women’s involvement in reform as well as the intersection of gender, sexuality, and citizenship in the years leading up to the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920.

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Registration information: CRNs: Lecture Section: 74308, Lab (Discussion) Sections: 74309, 74310, 74311, 74312, 74313, and 74314.


The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.

with Peniel Joseph, Professor of History, Barbara Jordan Chair in Ethics and Political Values, University of Texas at Austin

This course examines the lives and legacies of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. These pillars of the Civil Rights Movement are often portrayed as opposites. While it is true that their rhetoric and methods differed, they are less dissimilar than the popular narrative of their lives allows. By looking simultaneously at both men as they battle white supremacy and the oppression of African Americans, we will highlight their similarities and their influence on one another and the Civil Rights Movement.

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Registration information: CRNs: Lecture Section: 74301, Lab (Discussion) Sections: 74302, 74303, 74304, 74305, 74306, and 74307.


Historiography and Historical Methods

with Andrew Robertson, Professor of History, Lehman College and CUNY Graduate Center

Historiography is the study of historical writing. Students enrolled in this course will journey through American history guided by Professor Andrew Robertson and seven other professors (Zara Anishanslin, University of Delaware; Ned Blackhawk, Yale University; Kristopher Burrell, Hostos Community College; Sarah King, SUNY Geneseo; Lauren Santangelo, Princeton University; Nora Slonimsky, Iona College and the Institute for Thomas Paine Studies; and Wendy Wall, Binghamton University). Students will read and discuss historical interpretations of the American past as they have changed over time in specific chronological periods: colonial/Revolutionary history, the early nineteenth century to Reconstruction, the Gilded Age to the Cold War, and the 1960s to the present. This course will also present lectures on the evolving historiographies of African American history, Native American history, and women’s history by scholars specializing in those fields. The historical methods portion of the course will teach students to interrogate primary sources and to read secondary sources with a critical eye.

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Registration information: CRNs: Lecture Section: 73639, Lab (Discussion) Sections: 73640, 73642, 73643, 73644, 73645, and 73646.


Thesis/Capstone Course

The Thesis/Capstone course will be offered every semester.

Registration information: CRNs: Lecture Section: 72791, Lab (Discussion) Sections: 73380, 73381, 73660, 73661, and 73663.


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