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Master of Arts in History Specialisation in Early Modern History

Master of Arts in History Specialisation in Early Modern History

University of Kentucky

University of Kentucky, Lexington, United States
  • QS World University Rankings
    651-700
Students work closely with faculty members experienced in directing research. Our students take a combination of theme seminars, which are organized around key areas of conceptual inquiry and encourage graduate students to explore these issues as they relate to their own areas and periods of interest; field seminars, which focus on the history and historiography of specific regions and periods; and research seminars, which help students develop their research skills and explore questions of scholarly interest. Students also take courses in other departments and programs, including but not limited to Appalachian Studies, Africana Studies, Gender & Women's Studies, Social Theory, and the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce. What can a history major at UK do for you? History is the study of the most important and exciting events that have ever occurred. A History major provides a superb introduction to modern society, politics and global events. History provides rigorous instruction in critical thinking, writing and composition. History majors develop research and presentation skills that are highly transferable to any career. A BA in History can serve as a strong foundation for careers in Law, Government, Public Policy, Consulting, Education, Academia, Publishing, Research and Journalism. A History degree also complements a degree in International Studies, Political Science, Sociology, Anthropology or Geography. History is one of the broadest disciplines in academia: Historians at UK study everything from religion to literature, from disease to technology, and from slavery to revolutions. Historians at UK work in dozens of different countries on five different continents. History is consistently recognized as one of the best teaching departments at UK. Early Modern History Early modern faculty work closely with their fellow pre-modernists in teaching and advising graduate and undergraduate students. Law and culture play a large role among early modernists at Kentucky, including Erik Myrup’s work on political culture in colonial Brazil, Gretchen Starr-LeBeau’s research on early modern inquisitions, and Scott Taylor’s analysis of legal resolution of honor cases in court, and, more recently, his work on early modern understandings of addiction. Early modern faculty at Kentucky are committed to helping train students understand this critical time, in an age balanced between the pre-modern and modern worlds, distinct from what came before and after and yet sharing qualities with both. So, too, our training requires students to collaborate with faculty in related pre-modern and modern fields. In studying this key period, students are required to know the necessary primary source languages, to learn to read and analyze wide variety of written records left to us from that period, and to grasp key theoretical and analytical concepts useful for making sense of this historical era. Students are also encouraged to embrace comparative approaches, either through work in other disciplines or through work in other historical times and places. Graduate students and faculty in early modern history are enthusiastic participants in HIS 705, the annual spring pre-modern colloquium, in which advanced graduate students and faculty from a variety of disciplines and institutions share pre-circulated works in progress.