History

Prospective students should use this checklist to obtain specific admissions requirements on how to apply to Graduate School.

Degree Offered:M.A.
Director:Dr. Andrew W. Keitt
Phone:(205) 934-7083
Email:akeitt@uab.edu
Web site:www.uab.edu/history

Program Information

The history graduate program provides opportunities for students to learn the techniques of research and broaden their knowledge of historical literature. Students may choose Plan I, which includes writing a thesis based on original research using primary sources, or Plan II, which requires the completion of MA exams in three historical topics. All students are required to enroll in HY 601 Historiography and HY 602 Historical Research and Writing and must take at least 30 hours of their course work in graduate seminars. Each student must take a minimum of 9 hours of course work in U.S. history and 9 hours in non-U.S. history (e.g., European, Asian, Latin America, World).

Plan I (Thesis Plan)

RequirementsHours
HY 601Historiography3
HY 602Historical Research and Writing3
U.S. History3 seminars9
Non-U.S. History3 Seminars9
Electives2 courses6
Thesis Research2 courses or equivalent6
Total Hours36

No foreign language study credits can be counted toward the degree requirements. Where foreign language requirements are appropriate, it is recommended that students satisfy these requirements before commencing thesis research.

Plan II: (Nonthesis Plan)

RequirementsHours
HY 601Historiography3
HY 602Historical Research and Writing3
U.S. History3 seminars9
Non-U.S. History3 seminars9
Electives4 courses12
Total Hours36

Students interested in Teaching Certification for Public Schools should contact the School of Education.

Additional Information

Deadline for Entry Term(s):Each semester
Deadline for All Application Materials to be in the Graduate School Office:Six weeks before term begins
Number of Evaluation Forms Required:Three
Entrance TestsGRE (TOEFL and TWE also required for international applicants whose native language is not English.)
CommentsAdditional application for financial aid (fellowship or assistantship) is required by program

For detailed information, contact Dr. Andrew W. Keitt, History Graduate Program Director, Department of History, HHB 360, 1720 2nd Avenue South, Birmingham, Alabama 35294-1152.

Telephone 205-934-7083

E-mail akeitt@uab.edu

Courses

HY 601. Historiography. 3 Hours.

Seminar on various theoretical perspectives and methodologies of professional historians. What historians do, how they do it, and why.

HY 602. Historical Research and Writing. 3 Hours.

Methods of historical research, including research in primary sources, and the distinctive characteristics of historical writing.

HY 612. Seminar in Early America. 3 Hours.

Topics and issues in the history and historiography of Colonial North America, circa 1500-1775.

HY 613. Seminar in the Civil War Period. 3 Hours.

Specialized themes and military, political, social, and economic developments related to the Civil War; particular emphasis on the South, 1860-1865.

HY 614. Seminar in Recent American History. 3 Hours.

Topics in the politics of modern America.

HY 615. Seminar in American Myths American Values. 3 Hours.

Recommended for students teaching at the secondary-education level and for traditional history students alike. Examines the major myths that inform, and that are informed by, traditional American values and how both shape social relationships.

HY 621. Seminar in Old South History. 3 Hours.

Subjects pertaining to the Old South era to Reconstruction.

HY 622. Seminar in New South History. 3 Hours.

Subjects pertaining to the New South era since Reconstruction.

HY 623. Seminar in Alabama History. 3 Hours.

Specific social, political, and economic aspects of Alabama History.

HY 631. Seminar: Topics in American History. 3 Hours.

Historical topics of American History, (e.g. Conservatism, Crime and Punishment).

HY 632. Seminar in U.S. Urban History. 3 Hours.

Topics in Urban History.

HY 633. Seminar in American Constitutional and Legal History. 3 Hours.

Study of major trends and cases in the history of American law, with special emphasis on the interpretation of the American Constitution by the Supreme Court.

HY 634. Seminar in African American History. 3 Hours.

Selected topics related to the African-American experience.

HY 635. Seminar in American Social History. 3 Hours.

A reading and research seminar examining the history of the structure and power of social groups in America.

HY 637. Seminar in U.S. Labor History. 3 Hours.

Development of labor force and movements in U.S. 19th and 20th centuries.

HY 638. Seminar in Civil Rights History. 3 Hours.

An analysis of history and historiography of Civil Rights Movement in America since the 19th century.

HY 639. Seminar in Women's History. 3 Hours.

An analysis of the changing economic, political, and social roles of women from colonial period to the present.

HY 641. Seminar in Latin American History. 3 Hours.

Issues in history of Latin America since the late 18th century; economic development, dependency and popular resistance, role of the Catholic Church,social revolution, and nationalism.

HY 650. Seminar: Topics in European History. 3 Hours.

Seminar in Historical topics in European History.

HY 651. Seminar in Medieval Europe. 3 Hours.

Examine political, economical, and religious interaction in the world prior to 1500.

HY 652. Seminar in the Renaissance. 3 Hours.

Special attention given to the new urban context of society, culture, politics, art, and religion.

HY 653. Seminar in Modern Europe. 3 Hours.

Reformation to the present; major topics such as soceity and politics, warfare, religious trends, state-building, and industrialization.

HY 654. Seminar in British History. 3 Hours.

Focuses on a particular period or problem in British history. Reading and discussion of current publications on the topic.

HY 655. Seminar in Russian/Soviet History. 3 Hours.

Analysis of primary sources and secondary works dealing with political and social history of Imperial Russia or Soviet Union and their succesor states.

HY 656. Seminar in French History. 3 Hours.

Seminar dealing with various periods and issues in the history of France.

HY 670. Eminar in Pre-Modern History. 3 Hours.

Examine political, economical, and religious interaction in the Mediterranean or Middle Eastern world prior to 1500.

HY 671. Seminar in Asian History. 3 Hours.

Topics in Asian History.

HY 672. Seminar: Topics in World History. 3 Hours.

Seminar in historical topics of world history.

HY 673. Seminar in World Environmental History. 3 Hours.

Comparative examination of cultures and their relationship with the natural environment in a modern world context.

HY 674. Seminar in Comparative History. 3 Hours.

Explores through reading and research varied issues in comparative history;revolution, war, slavery, labor cities, industrialization, and social and cultural topics.

HY 675. Seminar-World Economic History. 3 Hours.

This seminar examines the diverse social, political and ecological contexts in which humans have provided for their material needs.

HY 681. Directed Readings in History. 3-6 Hours.

Individually designed course of readings in various fields. May be repeated. Only two directed reading courses will count toward degree requirements for history majors.

HY 682. Internship in Public Hist/SL. 1-3 Hour.

Individually designed program that places students in local historical museums and sites to gain professional experience in public history. Service Learning.

HY 683. Seminar in Public History. 3 Hours.

Explores the diverse approaches and methods of presenting history to public audiences, museums, historic sites, architectural preservation, documentary editing, and archival preservation.

HY 693. Seminar: Special Topics in History. 3 Hours.

Seminar exploring the historiography of a specialized topic in history.

HY 694. Seminar: Special Topics in Hy. 3 Hours.

Seminar exploring the historiography of a specialized topic in history.

HY 698. Non-Thesis Research. 3-6 Hours.

Individual research project.

HY 699. Thesis Research. 1-6 Hour.

Research culminating in master's thesis in history.
Prerequisites: GAC M

HY 771. Special Projects in History. 1-3 Hour.

Open only to those who hold the M.A. degree.

Faculty

Davis, Colin J., Distinguished Professor and Chair of History, 1991, B.A. (Warwick-Coventry, England), M.A., Ph.D. (SUNY-Binghamton)
Doss, Harriet E. Amos, Associate Professor of History, 1978, B.A. (Agnes Scott), M.A., Ph.D. (Emory)
Feldman, Glenn A. , Professor of History, 2012, B.S., B.A., M.A. (Birmingham-Southern), M.A., Ph.D. (Auburn)
Ghervas, Stella, Assistant Professor, 2016, B.A., M.A. (St. Petersburg), Ph.D. (Bucharest)
Hamilton, Virginia V., Professor and University Scholar Emerita (History); Twentieth-Century U.S., The South Since Reconstruction
Keitt, Andrew W., Associate Professor of History, 1999, B.A. (Duke), M.A., Ph.D. (UC-Berkeley)
Liber, George O., Professor of History, 1987, B.A. (Indiana), M.A. (Harvard), Ph.D. (Columbia)
McWilliams, Tennant S., Professor (History) and Dean Emeritus; Recent South, Modern United States, U.S. Foreign Affairs
Millard, Andre J., Professor of History, 1989, B.A. (Nottingham-England), M.A. (Mississippi), Ph.D. (Emory)
Miller, Stephen J., Associate Professor of History, 2001, B.A. (Wisconsin-Madison), M.A., Ph.D., (UCLA)
Murray, Pamela S., Professor of History, 1990, B.A. (New Mexico State), M.A., Ph.D. (Tulane)
Steele, Brian D., Associate Professor of History, 2005, B.A., M.A. (Tulsa), Ph.D. (UNC)
Tent, James F., Professor and University Scholar Emeritus (History); Modern European History; Germany, Military History, Cold War
Van Sant, John E., Associate Professor of History, 2000, B.A., M.A. (UC-Davis), Ph.D. (Oregon)
Ward, Walter D., Associate Professor of History, 2010, B.A., M.A., (NCSU), M.A., Ph.D. (UCLA)
Webb, Samuel L., Associate Professor Emeritus (History); New South, Alabama, Legal and Constitutional history