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History

The department of History offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Arts (A.M.) degree and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree. 

For more information about the Ph.D. program please visit the following website:

http://www.brown.edu/academics/gradschool/programs/history

For more information about the A.M. program please visit the following website:

https://www.brown.edu/academics/history/graduate/master-arts-ma

For more detailed information:

Guidelines for Master's Students

The one-year History M.A. program is designed to be intellectually rigorous yet also flexible enough to permit students to adapt it to a variety of professional contexts and goals. The intellectual rigor is achieved through M.A.-specific coursework, particularly the Historical Crossings seminar, and its combination with Ph.D. seminars. The flexibility is achieved through a choice of one of two tracks:

o   The Professional Track incorporates two “skills” courses (in, for example, writing, language, computer science, design, or public history) designed to help students meet individual professional goals.

o   The Academic Track is designed to prepare students to continue work at the PhD level. It replaces one of the “skills” courses with a research credit in the spring for which the student will produce an article-length research paper. The second “skills” course could be a language or another PhD seminar, as appropriate.

Historical Crossings

The cornerstone of the M.A. program for students on both tracks is the Historical Crossing seminar in the fall.  “Historical crossings” is a rough translation of histoire croisée, a term that has emerged in recent decades in European scholarship. It refers to global configurations of events and ashared history, rather than to a traditional comparative history. The rise of global capitalism, for instance, is a shared history. People in different places experienced that rise in distinct ways yet their histories are united by the social and political formations that emerged within capitalism. Empire is another.  

The Historical Crossings Seminar is a Fall course in which the entire M.A. cohort enrolls, along with interested Ph.D. students. The seminar will not serve as a traditional historical methods course but instead will focus on training students to read and think on various scales of historical analysis—from the cross-cultural and trans-geographic to the granularity of social and cultural specificity. It will require students to think both globally and locally and will introduce them to an advanced level of historical inquiry, debate, and exploration.

All students will complete 8 credits:

Fall seminar in "Historical Crossings (required)
Historical Crossings: Empires and Modernity (1 credit )
2000 level courses (3 credits) for example:
Early Modern Continental Europe - Reading
Special Topics Seminar: American Political History
Latin American Historiography
Topics in 19th c. U.S. History
19th and 20th Century European History
Readings in Environmental History
First Person History in Times of Crisis: Witnessing, Memory, Fiction
1000 or 2000 level courses (2 credits)
1000 level "skills" courses outside History, chosen in consultation with the History DGS OR 1 research credit for MA paper and 1 1000 level "skills" course, chosen in consultation with the History DGS, typically either a language course or an additional PhD seminar (2 credits)