History - MA Program

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Chair - Eric G. Reiche (346 MacKinnon, Ext. 6529)
(E-mail: ereiche@arts.uoguelph.ca)
Graduate co-ordinator - Catharine Wilson (330 MacKinnon, Ext. 3204) (E-mail: cawilson@uoguelph.ca)
Graduate secretary - Barbara Merritt (345 MacKinnon, Ext. 6528)
(E-mail: bmerritt@arts.uoguelph.ca)

Donna T. Andrew BA CCNY, MSc London, PhD Toronto - Associate Professor
Keith M. Cassidy BA Loyola College, MA, PhD Toronto - Associate Professor
Terry A. Crowley BA Bishop's, MA Carleton, AM, PhD Duke - Professor
Elizabeth L. Ewan BA Queen's, PhD Edinburgh - Associate Professor
David R. Farrell BA, MA Wisconsin, PhD Western Ontario - Associate Professor
Peter A. Goddard BA, UBC, DPhil Oxford - Assistant Professor
Linda L. Mahood BA Saskatchewan, M Litt, PhD Glasgow - Associated Professor
Clarence J. Munford BA, MA Western Reserve, DPhil Leipzig - Professor
David R. Murray BA Bishop's, MA Edinburgh, PhD Cambridge - Professor
Eric G. Reiche BA Western Ontario, PhD Delaware - Associate Professor
Richard M. Reid BA Carleton, MA, PhD Toronto - Associate Professor
Mordechai Rozanski BA McGill, PhD Pennsylvania - Professor and President
James G. Snell BA McGill, MA Western Ontario, PhD Queen's - Professor
Gilbert A. Stelter BA Moravian, BD, PhD Alberta - Professor
Ronald M. Sunter MA, PhD Edinburgh - Associate Professor
Catharine A. Wilson BA Guelph, MA, PhD Queen's - Associate Professor

From the Department of Economics:
Kris E. Inwood BA Trent, MA, PhD Toronto - Associate Professor

From the Department of Fine Art:
W. Chandler Kirwin BA Princeton, MA, PhD Stanford - Associate Professor

From the Department of Languages and Literatures:
Victor J. Matthews BA, Dip Ed Queen's (Belfast), MA McMaster, PhD Queen's (Belfast) - Associate Professor
Padraig O'Cleirigh BA, MA National Univ. of Ireland, PhD Cornell - Associate Professor
Helen Saradi-Mendelovici BA Athens, MA, PhD Montreal - Associate Professor

From the Department of Philosophy:
Michael E. Ruse BA, PhD Bristol, MA McMaster, HC Bergen, FRSC - Professor

From the Department of Sociology and Anthropology:
Frans J. Schryer BA Toronto, MA, PhD McGill - Professor

Associated Graduate Faculty
Lew W. Abbott BA Bishop's, MA, BCL McGill, PhD London - Retired
Gunnar C. Boehnert CD, BA MA Western Ontario, MA Toronto, MPhil Waterloo, PhD London - Retired
BA Glendon, MA York, PhD Guelph - Dept. of History, Wilfrid Laurier University
J. Terry Copp BA Sir George Williams, MA McGill - Dept. of History, Wilfrid Laurier University
Edward J. Cowan MA Edinburgh - Professor of Scottish History and Literature, University of Glasgow
Thomas M. Devine BA, PhD Strathclyde - University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland
Michael Lynch MA Aberdeen, PhD London - Sir William Fraser Professor of Scottish History and Paleography, University of Edinburgh
Andrzej Mania MA, PhD Jagiellonian - Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland
W.O. Packull BA Guelph, MA Waterloo, PhD Queen's - University of Waterloo
Mary E. Rogers BA, MA Pennsylvania - Retired
Roger Mason MA, PhD Edinburgh -- Department of Scottish History, St. Andrews University, Scotland

The Department of History offers a program of study leading to the MA degree, and is a member of the Tri-University PhD Program in History.    The department participates in the Interdepartmental Group on Scottish Studies, and in the work of the Centre for International Programs. As well, the department has formed, with the History Department of the University of Waterloo, a Consortium for Reformation Studies.
   Students are encouraged to begin their studies in the fall or winter semesters. All applications with requests for financial support must be received by the department in completed form by February 15 for September admission and October 15 for January admission.

The MA (by thesis) program provides for emphasis on mediaeval and modern British history; Scottish studies; Canadian history; the United States from the colonial period to the 20th century; early modern European history; selected aspects of late 19th- and 20th-century European history; gender, family, and women's history in Europe, Britain, and North America; the social and military impact of war; and race and slavery in the United States and the Caribbean.

Admission Requirements
An applicant must have a recognized honours degree in history, or its equivalent, with at least a high second class or upper 'B' average.
   Applicants are required to include with their application a separate statement describing their proposed area of study and, where possible, the suggested thesis topic.

Degree Requirements
Students obtain the MA degree by satisfactorily completing four courses (at least 2.0 credits) and submitting a satisfactory thesis on an approved topic. The four courses will include 4906000 and 4906020 or, if equivalent courses have been completed elsewhere, alternative courses approved by the student's advisory committee.
   Alternatively, the student may qualify for the MA degree by completing six courses and a major research paper of 10,000 to 12,000 words. These must constitute a total of at least 4.0 credits. The six courses will include 4906000 and 4906020. The remaining four courses are subject to the approval of the Department of History.
   All regular graduate students are required to take 4906000 and 4906020 unless they have completed equivalent courses elsewhere. They will also be required to demonstrate a knowledge of written French or other language approved by the department. MA students generally register for up to three courses per semester, or two if they hold a graduate teaching assistantship.
   Graduate students are encouraged to consider including, as part of their program, appropriate graduate course offerings from other departments.

   The History Departments at the University of Guelph, the University of Waterloo, and Wilfrid Laurier University have established a Tri-University PhD Program in History. For further information about this program please see the separate listing in this calendar. Inquiries should be directed to: Prof. Joyce Lorimer, Director of the Tri-University Doctoral Program in History, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, N2L 3C5.

Scottish Studies Interdepartmental Group
   The Department of History participates in the activities of the Scottish Studies Interdepartmental Group. Those faculty members whose research and teaching expertise includes aspects of Scottish studies may serve as advisers and examiners of MA students specializing in Scottish studies areas and who are registered in the Department of History.
   Please consult the Scottish Studies listing for a detailed description of the Scottish Studies Interdepartmental Group. Inquiries should be directed to: Prof. Ron Sunter, Chair of Scottish Studies, Department of History, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1 (MCKN 327, Ext. 3201/3888)

(Please note: For the courses offered in a particular year, see the listing published by the Office of Graduate Studies.)
Canadian History
4906230 Canadian Historiography (0.5)
An exploration of the major historiographical themes and some major historians, and an assessment of research work in subdisciplines such as labour, political, social and urban history.
4906280 Topics in Canadian History (0.5)
A course that examines the current historiography of selected aspects of Canadian history.
4906290 Topics in North American History (0.5)
Depending on the expertise of the instructor, this course may concentrate on either the United States or Canada, or it may select an historical theme or themes common to the larger continent.
Scottish History
4906190 Topics in Scottish History (0.5)
This course will introduce students to selected aspects of Scottish history and historiography, including the use of source materials, and provide practical training involving manuscripts in the university archives.
British History
4906080 Topics in Tudor-Stuart History (0.5)
An examination of the problems and crises pertaining to the social, religious, and economic life of England from 1529 to 1689.
4906140 Topics in British History Since 1688 (0.5)
Although topics vary with the expertise of individual instructors, this course encompasses the British Isles.
4906000 Historiography I (0.5) F
This course will introduce students to some of the essential components of the historical process as exemplified by the literature produced prior to 1914. It will also assess history as a cognitive discipline in contemporary society. While the scope of the course will extend from ancient times to the eve of World War I, emphasis will be placed on 19th-century historiography.
4906020 Historiography II (0.5) W
An examination of major examples of recent historical methodology, including works in cultural and social history. The student is also expected to develop and present a thesis proposal.
4906040 Special Reading Course (0.5)
Students selecting this course should speak to individual instructors to arrive at appropriate topics.
4906090 The Reformation in the 16th Century (0.5)
This course concentrates on the Continental Reformation. While some attention is paid to theology, the primary focus is on the political, social and intellectual ramifications of the Reformation.
4906300 European History in the 19th and 20th Centuries (0.5)
This seminar course will focus on selected aspects in the political and social history of Europe between 1815 and 1945. Topics to be examined will vary according to the expertise of faculty and the interest of students.
4906340 The Enlightenment (0.5)
This seminar course will focus on the Enlightenment as an international phenomenon. Students will develop their abilities to do close textual analysis through the examination of major works by writers of this period in France, Britain, Germany and North America. Students will learn to research particular topics within the international framework provided by a knowledge of these authors' writings.
4906350 History of the Family (0.5)
This course will cover a broad range of historical developments within the family, all concentrating on the interaction between the family (or elements within it) and outside authority (both formal and informal).
4906370 History and Popular Culture (0.5)
This course will attempt to elucidate `People's History' or `Total History' by studying popular culture throughout history. It will encourage students to test established methodologies and to design new ones through investigation of the culture of the subordinate classes and the relationship between popular culture and that of the educated elite.
4906390 Historical Conceptions of the City (0.5)
This course traces the changing idea of the city since the Renaissance. It will examine a number of conceptions of the ideal city in the larger context of proposals for social change.
4906400 Major Paper (1.0)
This is to be a major piece of research, based on the extensive use of primary sources. An oral examination of this work is required.

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