Students in the Ph.D. program may enroll for credit in all courses on the 6000 and
8000 level. If a course has only a 7000 component, you may take it at that level.
You can find details on the content of each graduate course for the semester in the
departmental minicatalog, http://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 fill in their backgrounds. 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 your professor about the precise nature of this additional assignment, you may
be able to do work in accord with your interests and needs. If you have taken a course
at the 4000 level (undergraduate), or its equivalent, you cannot take it again at
the 6000 level. Only six credits of 6000-level coursework from your M.A and 6 from
your Ph.D. work may count toward the degree.
7000 and 8000-level courses are the same in content, meeting times, and usually similar
in requirements, although more is expected of Ph.D. students; they differ in the fact
that M.A. students register at the 7000 level and Ph.D. students at the 8000 level.
If you have taken any of the courses described in the graduate catalog at the 7000
level, you may not take them again at the 8000 level, unless their content has completely
changed; see graduate course descriptions.
Courses on the 8000 level are open only to graduate students and are usually limited
to a class size of 15 or fewer. With a few exceptions (History 8070, 8090, and courses
that don’t count toward the degree) these courses are designed primarily to survey
the important secondary works 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. Those 8000-level courses designated “Studies
in...,” “Thematic Studies in...,” “Topics in History,” or “Research Seminar” typically
differ from term to term, and if this is the case you can retake them them as often
as you like.
Courses with historiography in their names are designed to give broad coverage of
the important scholarship in an entire field. All Ph.D. students must take at least
one of these, in their major field. You are encouraged to take historiography courses
in your other fields as well, and your field advisors may require you to do so. 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.
History 8012 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
in preparation for the comprehensive examination, or investigate possibilities for
a dissertation 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. Ph.D. candidates normally may enroll
for no more than 6 hours of directed readings, but we may give permission to take
6 more, for a total of 12 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) and (2) state
the reasons why a second readings course is necessary. It is our policy not to approve
readings courses if you are able to attend a class that covers the same or similar
History 8070 is a research seminar. The emphasis is on research using primary materials
in announced topics and in the preparation of a scholarly paper. All Ph.D. students
must take at least two 8070 seminars, including 7070 classes taken at the M.A. level.
A M.A. thesis satisfies the requirements for one of these.
History 8990, Reading for and Writing Comprehensives, is a course designed for you
to take at the end of your coursework to allow you to undertake intensive individual
study for the comprehensive exam and/or write the exam. This course will not count
if you take it earlier. You must take three credits of it in each field and may take
up to six credits in the major field, in each of which you will be expected to make
progress toward the exam. The timetable for completing the exam is determined by the
professors in consultation with you, and need not be before the end of this course.
So long as you are making progress toward the exam you should always receive a S grade, not an IP. You need to fill out a form to register for this class. Get it at http://www.memphis.edu/history/pdfs/reading_for_comps_form.pdf (pdf).
History 8991, Independent Readings, is an individualized readings course for students
preparing for comprehensive examinations. Credit is not applicable to the degree.
Normally only assistants take this, but you can take it at any stage of your program.
You need to fill out a form to register for this class. Get it at http://www.memphis.edu/historypdfs/independent_readings_form.pdf (pdf).
Assistants are required to take History 8025 (Principles & Practices in History Education),
a rigorous readings course exploring approaches to the teaching of history. Non-assistants
are also encouraged to take this course.
History 9000 is the course number assigned for dissertation credit. You may take as
many credits of this as you like, but only 12 will count toward the degree. You need
to fill out a form to register for this class. Get it at http://www.memphis.edu/history/pdfs/dissertation_form.pdf (pdf)