Students in the M.A. program may enroll for credit in all courses on the 6000 and
7000 level. You can find details on the content of each graduate course for the semester
in the departmental minicatalog, www.memphis.edu/history/docs/mcg.doc (MS doc).
Courses on the 6000 level are open to both graduate students and upperclass undergraduate
students. These courses usually center around lectures and discussions and survey
an entire period, enabling students to get a background in fields they have previously
not studied. In addition to the lecture materials, readings, and examinations required
of the undergraduates, graduate students are expected to do a significant amount of
additional work. By close consultation with the professor about the precise nature
of this additional assignment, students may be able to do work in accord with their
interests and needs. If you have taken a course at the 4000 level (undergraduate)
or its equivalent you cannot take the same course again at the 6000 level. Only six
credits of 6000-level coursework may count toward the M.A.
7000 and 8000-level courses are the same in content, meeting times, and requirements;
they differ only in the fact that M.A. students register at the 7000 level and Ph.D.
students at the 8000 level.
Courses on the 7000 level are open only to graduate students and are usually limited
to a class size of 15 or fewer.
Those 7000-level courses designated “Studies in...,” “Thematic Studies in...,” or
“Topics in History” are designed primarily to survey the important secondary scholarship
on a period, a part of a period, or a theme and to familiarize students with leading
scholarly interpretations. The emphasis is on extensive reading, rather than on a
major writing project on some narrow topic. Class discussions of common readings,
written critiques, and student presentations, rather than the lecture, are the basic
format of these courses. They typically differ from term to term, and if this is the
case you can retake them as often as you like.
Research Seminars, all designated, History 7070, in contrast, emphasize research using
primary materials in announced topics and on preparation of a scholarly paper. There
should be few common readings not directly geared to the paper. Every Research Seminar
will be different, so you may always retake them.
Courses with historiography in their names are designed to give broad coverage of
the important scholarship in an entire field. All M.A. students must take at least
one of these, in a field of their choice. This is a prerequisite for History 7070
research seminars. You are encouraged to take more than one historiography course,
since they are designed to give broad coverage of the important scholarship in an
entire field. Most years we intend to offer historiography courses in all of the fields
in which we specialize: U.S history before 1877, U.S history after 1877, African American
history, modern European history, and Egyptian history. Historiography courses in
other fields may be available occasionally. You may take a historiography course in
a given field only once.
History 7012 is a directed readings course taken individually with a professor. By
advance consultation with and approval by a professor, students can arrange for directed
readings in a field of interest not offered as a regular class, fill in gaps in knowledge,
or investigate possibilities for a thesis topic. Taking this course requires the express
agreement of the professor who will direct it; no one has the right to a directed
readings course. You must file a directed readings registration form (http://www.memphis.edu/history/pdfs/directed_readings_form.pdf (pdf)) with the department office prior to enrolling. M.A. candidates may normally enroll
for no more than 3 hours of directed readings, but we may give permission to take
3 more, for a total of 6 hours, upon petition to the Graduate Coordinator. In this
case you must (1) supply the Coordinator with a description of both the previous readings
course and the one under consideration (including a list of books read or proposed
for reading) and (2) state the reasons why a second readings course is necessary.
As an exception, M.A. students in ancient history may without such a petition take
three additional hours of Directed Readings with the consent of one of the faculty
members in the ancient history field. It is our policy not to approve readings courses
if there is a class available that covers the same or similar general topics.
History 7070 is a research seminar. The emphasis is on research using primary materials
in announced topics and on preparation of a scholarly paper. All M.A. students must
take at least one 7070 seminar. In order to take History 7070 you must already have taken an historiography course,
although not necessarily in the same field as the Research Seminar.
History 7991, Independent Readings, is an individualized readings course for students
preparing for comprehensive examinations. It does not count toward the degree, and normally only assistants take it. You need to fill out
a form to register for this course. Get it at http://www.memphis.edu/history/pdfs/independent_readings_form.pdf (pdf)
History 7020 (Seminar for Teaching Assistants), History 7021 (Colloquium for Graduate
Assistants), and History 7022 (Teaching Skills for Graduate Assistants) are courses
that address the responsibilities, activities, and concerns of graduate assistants;
they do not count toward the degree.
History 7996 is the course number assigned for the 9 hours of thesis credit. You may
take as many credits of this as you want, but only nine count toward the degree. You
need to get the approval of a thesis advisor and fill out a form to register for this
course. Get it at http://www.memphis.edu/pdfs/history/thesis_form.pdf (pdf). Once you register for thesis credit you must take at least one credit every fall
and spring semester until graduation.