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

Graduate Courses

 

HIST 608: GIE General Seminar

HIST 639X: American Borderlands Readings Seminar (Rodríguez)

HIST 639I: Race in the Americas (Rosemblatt)

HIST 619J: Readings in U.S. in the World (Woods)

HIST 619T: Readings in Global Environmental History (Zeller)

HIST 619: Global Labor History (Greene)

HIST 619K: Sexualities in the Atlantic World and Beyond (Lyons)

HIST 619W Africa and the Black Atlantic (Landau) (split grad/undergrad)

HIST 619L Cultural Relations between the United States and Western Europe, 1930s-1989 (Giovacchini)

HIST639J: Global Capitalism (Sicilia)

HIST 720: Readings in the History of the Catholic Church (Kosicki)

HIST 829A: Rethinking Freedom and Modernity: The Haitian Revolution (Sartorius)

 

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.