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MA Program
PhD Program
Interdepartmental Program


James G. Snell (346 MacKinnon, Ext. 6389)
(E-mail: jsnell@arts.uoguelph.ca)

Graduate co-ordinator
Richard Reid (328 MacKinnon, Ext. 3202)
(E-mail: rreid@uoguelph.ca)

Graduate secretary
Barbara Merritt (345 MacKinnon, Ext. 6528)

Graduate Faculty

Donna T. Andrew
BA CCNY, MSc London, PhD Toronto - 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 - Associate Professor

Kevin J. James
BA, MA McGill, PhD Edinburgh - Assistant Professor

Siobhan Lambert-Hurley
BA British Columbia, PhD London - Assistant Professor

Linda L. Mahood
BA Saskatchewan, M Litt, PhD Glasgow - Associate Professor

P. Douglas McCalla
BA Queen's, MA Toronto, DPhil Oxford - Professor

Clarence J. Munford
BA, MA Western Reserve, DPhil Leipzig - Professor

David R. Murray
BA Bishop's, MA Edinburgh, PhD Cambridge - Professor

Jacqueline Murray
BA British Columbia, MA, PhD Toronto - Professor and Dean of the College of Arts

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

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

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

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 Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland

Michael Lynch
MA Aberdeen, PhD London - Sir William Fraser Professor of Scottish History and Paleography, University of Edinburgh

Allan Macinnes
Head of Department, Department of History, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland

Roger Mason
MA, PhD Edinburgh - Department of Scottish History, St. Andrews University, Scotland

David Mullan
BA Calgary, BD Otago, ThM Toronto, PhD Guelph, BEd Queens Eric G. Reiche BA Western Ontario, PhD Delaware - Professor Emeritus

Mary E. Rogers
BA, MA Pennsylvania - Professor Emeritus

Gilbert A. Stelter
BA Moravian, BD, PhD Alberta - University Professor Emeritus

Ronald M. Sunter
MA, PhD Edinburgh - Professor Emeritus

     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.

MA Program

     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 HIST*6000 and HIST*6020 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 HIST*6000 and HIST*6020. The remaining four courses are subject to the approval of the Department of History.
     All regular graduate students are required to take HIST*6000 and HIST*6020 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 department.

PhD Program

     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.

Interdepartmental Programs

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)


Course/(Credit Value) Term Course Description
(Please note: For the courses offered in a particular year, see the listing published by the Office of Registrarial Services.)
Canadian History
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.
Topics in Canadian History(0.5)
   A course that examines the current historiography of selected aspects of Canadian history.
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
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
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.
Topics in British History Since 1688(0.5)
   Although topics vary with the expertise of individual instructors, this course encompasses the British Isles.
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.
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.
Special Reading Course (0.5)
   Students selecting this course should speak to individual instructors to arrive at appropriate topics.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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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