Global Interaction and Exchange

Graduate

The Global Interaction and Exchange Program (GIE) draws on our faculty’s wide-ranging interests and interconnections to offer a coherent program in transnational, comparative, and international historical work. 

M.A. Program:

All M.A. students who concentrate in Global Interaction and Exchange (GIE) must do at least 18 credits in that field. 

The GIE concentration can be structured in one of the following three ways:

A. Two national/regional fields (9 credits each). Examples include Middle East and Africa, US and China, Middle East and Europe.

B. One transregional geographic field (18 credits): Examples include Early Modern Atlantic World; Modern Mediterranean Lands.

C. One of the following:

  1. One national/regional field (9 credits) + one transregional thematic field (9 credits). Examples include US and Global Labor, Latin America and global Environmental History; Early Modern Europe and Empire/Colonialism.
  2. One national/regional field (9 credits) + one transregional geographic field (9 credits). Examples include US and Early Modern Atlantic World, Modern Europe and Modern Mediterranean Lands.
  3. One transregional geographic field (9 credits) + one transregional thematic field (9 credits). Examples include Early Modern Atlantic World and Gender and Sexuality, The Americas and Labor.

Students may petition for further flexibility in their programs.

For a list of all GIE national/regional, transregional thematic fields, and transregional geographic fields, see below after the description of the Ph.D. program.

Like all M.A. students, students concentrating in GIE must do 30 credits in History.  As part of those 30 credits, they must take HIST 601 (Historical Theory), a General Seminar (in their case, HIST 608, Global Interaction and Exchange), and either one or two research seminars depending on whether they pursue the thesis or non-thesis option.  The research seminars are part of the 18 credits in their GIE concentration.  Students pursuing the "Degree by Thesis Option" will take one research seminar and 6 credits of MA thesis research (HIST 799), generally over two semesters.  Students pursuing the “Degree by Examination option” will do two research seminars and then take an MA comprehensive examination in their final semester of study.

Ph.D. Program:

All Ph.D. students must do 18 credits as part of a “General Field” in Global Interaction and Exchange (GIE).  The general field can be structured in one of the following three ways:

A. Two national/regional fields (9 credits each). Examples include Middle East and Africa, US and China, Middle East and Europe.

B. One transregional geographic field (18 credits): Examples include Early Modern Atlantic World; Modern Mediterranean Lands.

C. One of the following:

  1. One national/regional field (9 credits) + one transregional thematic field (9 credits). Examples include US and Global Labor, Latin America and global Environmental History; Early Modern Europe and Empire/Colonialism.
  2. One national/regional field (9 credits) + one transregional geographic field (9 credits). Examples include US and Early Modern Atlantic World, Modern Europe and Modern Mediterranean Lands.
  3. One transregional geographic field (9 credits) + one transregional thematic field (9 credits). Examples include Early Modern Atlantic World and Gender and Sexuality, The Americas and Labor.

Students may petition in writing for further flexibility in their programs.

Like all Ph.D. students in History, GIE students must take HIST 601 (Historical Theory), a General Seminar (in their case, HIST 608, Global Interaction and Exchange), and two research seminars.  Because of the nature of the program, GIE students do not have to do a “minor field.”

GIE national/regional fields:
Africa
Ancient Mediterranean
Britain
Modern East Asia
Europe Medieval
Europe Early Modern (1400-1700)
Europe Modern (1700-2000)
Latin America
Middle East
Russia and Eurasia
United States
 
GIE transregional thematic fields:
Cultural history
Diaspora/Migration/Immigration
Economic history
Empire/Colonialism
Gender and Sexuality
Global Environmental History
Intellectual history
Labor history
Race
Religion
Science, Technology, and the Environment
 
GIE transregional geographic fields
Early Modern Atlantic World
Modern Atlantic World
Early Modern Americas
Modern Americas
Early Modern Mediterranean Lands
Modern Mediterranean Lands
Indian Ocean World
 
Language Requirement:  one language, in addition to English, appropriate to the student’s field of study.  Additional language requirements will be determined by the faculty advisor in accordance with the research field.
 
Comprehensive Exams: Like all Ph.D. students, students in GIE have to take both written and oral comprehensive exams.  The structure of the comprehensive exams will vary somewhat depending on how students structure their general fields. 
 
Students who chose one transregional geographic field (choice B above), will take a four hour written exam in that transregional field, and a three hour written exam on a special field within that transregional field (for example: early modern Atlantic world and gender and sexuality in the early modern Atlantic world).  They will also do an oral exam in those fields.  A committee of three faculty members will examine them on the written and oral exam. 
 
Students who chose two national/regional fields (choice A above),  will do a four hour written exam in one of the fields, and a three hour written exam in the other, and an oral exam in both.  A committee of four faculty members (two from each field) will determine the questions in their part of the exams. All four will read the written exams and participate in the orals.
 
Students who choose a combination of national/regional and transregional geographic or thematic fields, will do a four hour written exam in one of their fields and a three hour exam in the other, and an oral exam in both.  A committee of four people (two from each field) will determine the questions in their part of the exams.  All four will read the written exams and participate in the orals.
 
Dissertation: The dissertation must be a transnational, transregional, or comparative scholarly work.