For an up-to-date list of graduate courses offered by the history department, including course descriptions, please consult the course descriptions page of the CMU graduate bulletin.
Special Topics, Seminars, and Featured Courses
The department of history regularly offers special courses for both undergraduates and graduate students, with topics specific to each instructor and semester. For convenience and consistency, all special topics courses are currently listed on the undergraduate courses page, which graduate students may consult for further details about seminars, colloquia, and other special topics courses that have recently been offered or will be offered in future terms.
Note that graduate courses are numbered 500 or above, and generally follow a consistent scheme:
- 500-level courses are open to both advanced undergraduates and graduate students.
- 600-level courses, or colloquia, focus on the historiography of a particular topic or period and are open only to graduate students.
- 700-level courses are research seminars emphasizing the pursuit of original research in primary sources, culminating in a substantial, article-length paper. When combined with History 496, these seminars may be taught together with advanced undergraduate students.
800-level courses are reserved for doctoral coursework and research, while courses numbered in the 590s, 690s, or 790s indicate special topics, individual readings courses, or directed research.