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Master of Arts in History Specialisation in Pre-Modern History

Master of Arts in History Specialisation in Pre-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. Pre-Modern History Advanced study in the fields of ancient, classical, early Christian, late antique, Byzantine, and medieval history is a strength of the history department, and is directed by faculty with international stature. The “pre-modern” cluster of graduate faculty is especially oriented around research into the relationships between religion, culture, and law. Daniel Gargola works on Roman law and religion; our endowed Chair of Catholic Studies, David Hunter, works on the nexus of patristic writings and social practices; David Olster studies the place of religious rhetoric within the socio-political discourse of late antiquity; Abigail Firey studies medieval legal history (especially canon law) and its relation to cultural and intellectual developments. We encourage interdisciplinary investigations, and most graduate committees include faculty from other departments. It is possible to study classical, post-classical, and spoken Latin, Greek, manuscript cultures and paleography, art history, musicology, philosophy, Old English and other vernacular languages, Judaica, and a number of individually-tailored topics. Library holdings are excellent in the pre-modern fields, and include some manuscript, archival, and early printed materials in Special Collections. Faculty in the Pre-Modern fields accept applicants for graduate study only after careful consideration of their prior preparation, likelihood of success, and proper dovetailing of their interests and faculty competencies. Because of the special needs for adequate preparation in foreign languages in order to conduct research in the pre-modern and early modern fields, we expect applicants to enter the program with some preparation already completed, and expect them to continue their language studies while in the graduate program. Plans for language study are best discussed on a case-by-case basis with supervising faculty.