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Master of Arts in Historical Resources Management

The M.A. in Historical Resources Management trains students to apply sophisticated information technologies to a rigorous analysis of historical problems. Emphasis is placed on a practical, interdisciplinary approach to applied history research, using new technologies to examine changes through time and place. Students within this innovative program choose between two concentrations or “tracks.”

  1. The GIS track combines the use of geographic information systems (GIS) and related information technologies with historical research methods to conduct spatial analyses of the past. ISU is an internationally recognized center in applying GIS to historical research, and students may work closely with the award-winning ISU GIS Teaching and Research Center. Geotechnology is a powerful tool and a highly sought skill in many job sectors where demand far exceeds the supply of trained graduates. This technological training complements the fundamental historians’ skills of research, analysis, and writing that are always in demand.
  2. The Digital Media track focuses upon using a variety of media tools to communicate historical information and interpretation. Students learn techniques of web design, museum displays, visualization, and scholarly publishing. Graduates will conduct significant historical research and present interpretations in a variety of engaging and effective formats.

Students in both tracks complete an internship that develops skills in analysis, collaboration, and communication. Both options emphasize individual research into historical documents and publication or presentation by students in a variety of formats. Students receive strong training that will enable graduates to compete successfully for a wide variety of jobs with businesses and educational, government, and private agencies and to prepare them for further graduate study.

Admission Requirements

The student must apply and meet all criteria for admission to the Graduate School. In addition, the student must comply with the following departmental requirements:

  1. Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation, at least two of which should be from individuals familiar with their academic work.
  2. Applicants should have at least 12 credits of previous course work in history at the upper-division level.
  3. Applicants planning to pursue the GIS track must have taken GIS for Social Sciences, Principles of Geographic Information Systems, an equivalent class, or present evidence that such a course will be completed prior to entering the Historical Resources Management master’s program. Note: student’s lacking this prior training may be admitted for the GIS track in the spring semester upon condition that they take one of these GIS classes during that first semester.
  4. Applicants must submit, as part of their admissions application, a statement of interest in historical studies and personal goals that identifies which track the student wishes to pursue. Particular attention should be given to explaining how these interests and goals relate to a particular track within the Historical Resources Management master’s program.
  5. To be successful, an applicant must receive the support of someone in the department willing to chair the applicant’s graduate committee.

General Requirements

1. A minimum of 30 semester credits, at least 15 of which must be at the 6600-level.

2. Core Courses (complete all of the following classes):

HIST 5590Cartography History and Design3
HIST 5590LCartography Lab1
HIST 6600Graduate Proseminar3
HIST 6610History in the Digital Age3
HIST 6642Conferences and Grants3
 

3. Track-specific Requirements:

 

Digital Media Track
MC 5570 - Communication through Web Design 3

4. An internship (HIST 6664) is required for a minimum of 3 credits.

5. Electives: at least enough credits at the 5500- and/or 6600-level beyond the required core courses and internship to reach the credit requirements stated in Item #1 previously. At least 3 of these credits must be for individual research, usually either HIST 6645 or HIST 6650.

6. There will be a final oral examination. For students pursuing the thesis option, the examination will be based on the thesis. For those with the non-thesis option, the examination will be based on an independent research project and/or internship work. The format of the non-thesis option examination will be flexible in order to accommodate a wide variety of possible student experiences.

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Courses

HIST 5505 Problems in History: 3 semester hours.

A thorough consideration of historical problems, particularly from a comparative perspective. Designed to give deeper insight into problems, issues, and topics which are treated more generally in other courses. May be repeated with different content

HIST 5511 Intro to Museum Studies: 2 semester hours.

History, philosophy, purposes, organization and administration of museums. Practical work in collections management and museum interpretation. Specific, evaluated graduate-level activities and/or performances are identified in the course syllabus

HIST 5518 US History for Teachers: 3 semester hours.

U.S. history from indigenous cultures through modern America. Based on Idaho Department of Education Standards for High School Students. PREREQ: Permission of instructor

HIST 5521 Federal Indian Relations: 3 semester hours.

This course provides a legal-historical examination of the relationship between North American tribal peoples and the U.S. federal government between 1750 and the present. Special emphasis will be placed on Indian removal, assimilation policy, treaty negotiation, the Dawes Severalty Act, education policy, Indian reorganization policy, and termination

HIST 5523 Idaho History: 3 semester hours.

A survey of the social, cultural, environmental, and political history of Idaho from pre-contact indigenous cultures to the present, emphasizing Idaho's relation to other states and regions in the West

HIST 5525 Women in North American West: 3 semester hours.

Comparative examination of the varied experiences of women in the North American West. Analyzes perceptions of women and women's views of themselves, women's activism, and women's cultural activities. Places special emphasis on the use of non-textual historical sources in uncovering the past lives of North American western women

HIST 5527 North American West: 3 semester hours.

History of the North American West from pre-contact indigenous cultures to the present, with an emphasis on exploration, settlement, ethnic groups, borderlands, environment, federal policy, and cultural depictions

HIST 5529 Foreign Relations since 1900: 3 semester hours.

An introduction to the history of international relations in the twentieth century. This course emphasizes the impact of wars on various peoples and cultures, anti-colonialism and the rise of the so called 'Third World,' and the processes of political, cultural and economic 'globalization.'

HIST 5530 Global Environmental History: 3 semester hours.

Comparative examinations of historical interactions between humans and environmental factors in various time periods and regions throughout the world, and an assessment of their impacts on historical change

HIST 5535 Colonial Frontiers in America and Africa: 3 semester hours.

A comparative examination of exploration, conquest, and resistance, and the interaction of cultures in frontier settings. Examines both the realities of the frontier and their impact on Western thought and imagination

HIST 5537 Families in Former Times: 3 semester hours.

Reconstructs the marriage patterns and domestic lives of people in pre-industrial Europe (1000-1700 AD)

HIST 5538 Women in Pre-Industrial Europe: 3 semester hours.

Compares and contrasts the social, cultural, and economic roles of women from 700-1700 AD, and analyzes the impacts of historical change on their lives

HIST 5539 Feminism and Equality in World History: 3 semester hours.

Comparative study of the history of feminism and women's rights in different world regions, involving the social constructs of gender, race, and class. Specific, evaluated graduate-level activities and/or performances are identified in the course syllabus

HIST 5541 The Viking Age: 3 semester hours.

Studies the cultures and societies of Scandinavia, England and continental Europe from 700 to 1100 AD

HIST 5543 English History: 3 semester hours.

Survey of the most important British political, constitutional, economic, and cultural developments from Anglo-Saxon times to the Victorian Period

HIST 5544 Victorian England and After: 3 semester hours.

England, 1837 to the present. An examination of the cultural, social, political, and economic history of the most prosperous and productive period of English history, including British national and imperial decline in the twentieth century

HIST 5546 Social and Economic History of Greece and Rome: 3 semester hours.

Investigates ways in which geography, demography, and politics affected the mentalities and behaviors of social groups, women, patrons, clients and slaves, and the functioning of households, villages and cities

HIST 5548 Medieval Social and Economic History: 3 semester hours.

Analyzes the impact of political instability, migration and environment upon Europeans (AD 200 - 1400)

HIST 5550 Golden Age Castile: 3 semester hours.

History of a major European country in an age of globalization, military revolution, religious conflict, and significant cultural development, 1450-1700

HIST 5553 Renaissance Creativity: 3 semester hours.

Examination of the conditions promoting individual creativity among Europeans in the first global age, 1400-1700. Special emphasis on geospatial research on the history of printing

HIST 5560 The Global Hispanic Monarchy: 3 semester hours.

The African, American, Asian, European, and Oceanic domains of the Iberian Habsburg dynasty, especially those of Castile and Portugal, whose officials and subjects created and maintained many of the communications routes that defined the first global age. Students prepare geospatial datasets on these routes

HIST 5561 Independent Study:US: 1-3 semester hour.

Selected readings in areas and periods not covered by the regular curriculum offerings. 1-3 credits. May be repeated. PREREQ: Previous upper-division course work in the subject area, with a minimum grade of A- and GPA of 3.5 in all History courses. Permission of instructor and approval by the department chair

HIST 5562 Independent Study:Europe: 1-3 semester hour.

Selected readings in areas and periods not covered by the regular curriculum offerings. 1-3 credits. May be repeated. PREREQ: Previous upper-division course work in the subject area with a minimum grade of A- and GPA of 3.5 in all History courses. Permission of instructor and approval of department chair

HIST 5563 Independent Study:World Regions: 1-3 semester hour.

Selected readings in areas and periods not covered by the regular curriculum offerings. 1-3 credits. May be repeated. PREREQ: Previous upper-division course work in the subject area with a minimum grade of A- and GPA of 3.5 in all History courses. Permission of instructor and approval by the department chair

HIST 5565 US Political History: 3 semester hours.

Study of the political history of the United States involving a discussion of theories of popular voting behavior, critical elections, and political party systems. Equivalent to POLS 5565

HIST 5571 Historical Geography of Idaho: 3 semester hours.

Influences of geography and geology on Idaho's economic, political and cultural history. May be team taught, and includes field trips, discussion sections. Equivalent to GEOL 5571 and POLS 5571

HIST 5574 Islam and Nationalism in the Modern World: 3 semester hours.

A study of the interaction of Islam and national and ethnic identities in the Middle East including North Africa from 1800 up to the recent past

HIST 5578 Imperialism and Progressivism: 3 semester hours.

A study of the world 1880-1920. Movements of change within the West, Third World responses to the Western challenge, and global crisis

HIST 5579 Disease and US Public Health: 3 semester hours.

A survey of health, disease, and public health developments in American history. The course takes a broad approach to health, but includes the development of public health offices, the role of disease in society, specific diseases and related eradication programs, and questions related to health, equity, and civil liberties

HIST 5589 GIS for Social Sciences: 3 semester hours.

An introduction to geographic information systems theory and applications focusing on subjects related to human systems in historical context (census, health, urban communities, etc.). Students will work directly with GIS software and learn foundational data management and processing skills along with introductory spatial analysis. Requires competence in computer operating systems. S

HIST 5590 Cartography History and Design: 3 semester hours.

History of how map-makers represent geographic, spatial data. Special attention to the elements of successful cartographic design. Specific, evaluated graduate-level activities and/or performances are identified in the course syllabus. COREQ: HIST 5590L

HIST 5590L Cartography Lab: 1 semester hour.

Focuses on the application of Cartographic design concepts and techniques discussed in lecture. Provides students with hands-on practice designing map products of publication quality. Specific, evaluated graduate-level activities and/or performances are identified in the course syllabus. COREQ: HIST 5590

HIST 5591 Seminar: 3 semester hours.

Reading, discussion, and preparation for research papers on selected topics

HIST 5597 Professional Education Development Topics: 1-3 semester hour.

A course for practicing professionals aimed at the development and improvement of skills. May not be applied to graduate degrees. May be repeated. May be graded S/U

HIST 5599 Experimental Course: 1-6 semester hour.

This course is not described in the catalog. The course title and number of credits are announced in the class schedule by the scheduling department. Experimental courses may be offered no more than three times. May be repeated

HIST 6600 Graduate Proseminar: 3 semester hours.

Introduction to graduate studies. Focus on contemporary historiographical debates, with emphasis on understanding significant developments in the profession. May be repeated with different topics. PREREQ: Admission to the Historical Resources Management Program

HIST 6610 History in the Digital Age: 3 semester hours.

Seminar exploring the developing field of digital history and investigating multiple tools for analysis and presentation. The course examines how geographic information systems and other digital tools are changing the field of history. Emphasis placed on students developing their own project proposals

HIST 6621 Seminar Interdisciplinary Topics in Social Sciences: 3 semester hours.

Examination of selected topics in the social sciences from the analytic orientations and perspectives common and peculiar to the disciplines of political science, economics, sociology, and history

HIST 6642 Conferences and Grants: 3 semester hours.

Emphasizes visual and oral skills for disseminating research to professional audiences. Students will develop and organize a campus-wide colloquium highlighting graduate research. Provides an introduction to grant writing with a focus upon funding sources for the social sciences and humanities

HIST 6645 Independent Research Project: 1-6 semester hour.

Individual research project employing Geographic Information Systems. Topic selected by the student. 1-6 credits. May be repeated up to six credits. PREREQ: Permission of instructor who will direct the project and of the student's Historical Resources Management Graduate Committee

HIST 6650 Thesis: 1-9 semester hour.

Open to students seeking the M.A. in Historical Resources Management with the thesis option. 1-9 credits. May be repeated

HIST 6664 Graduate Internship: 3-12 semester hour.

Supervised experience in the application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and other relevant Information Technologies to a historical project in a collaborative work environment. 3-12 credits. May be repeated. PREREQ: Permission of instructor who will direct the internship and of the student's Historical Resources Management Graduate Committee

HIST 6699 Experimental Course: 1-6 semester hour.

This course is not described in the catalog. The course title and number of credits are announced in the class schedule by the scheduling department. Experimental courses may be offered no more than three times. May be repeated

Faculty

Chair and Professor

Marsh

Professors

Kuhlman

Njoku

Woodworth-Ney

Assistant Professors

Heern

Kole de Peralta

Stover

Youngs

Lecturer

Sivitz

Professors Emeriti

Christelow, A.

Christelow, S.

Hatzenbuehler

Owens

Swanson

Adjunct Professors

Benedict

Leibert

Reinke

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