History | Shaping Careers in History
H520 | 2685 | Hanson


M 3:35P-5:30P BH011

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This course introduces students to the History profession in order to
facilitate the planning of careers in the university and beyond.  Emphasis
is placed on the professional life of university professors, the most
visible of the positions occupied by historians, but other careers options
are examined as well.  The course begins by reflecting generally on the
changing roles of history faculty in the twentieth century, but moves to
focus on practical information needed for graduate students to succeed in
defining their professional interests and in shaping their programs to
serve those specific interests.  Among the issues to be addressed are: the
importance of teaching and research in the professional life of historians
at various types of institutional settings; ethical concerns in research
and teaching; disseminating research results at academic conferences and
in articles; the impact of new information technologies; obtaining grants
and fellowships; and the job application process.

Course Requirements Students must attend weekly meetings, complete the
readings before class meetings, participate in discussions and complete
four written assignments (six typed, double-spaced pages each) described
below.  The papers are due at the beginning of the meeting when they are
assigned.  Final grades will be determined in the following proportions:
written assignments - 20% each; participation - 20%.

Books Available for Purchase Gustafsen, Becoming a Historian: A Survival
Manual for Women and Men, rev. ed. (1991). Linenthal and Engelhardt, eds,
History Wars: the Enola Gay and Other Battles for the American Past
(1996). Novick, That Noble Dream: the "Objectivity Question" and the
American Historical Profession (1998). Other readings on reserve at the
Library