History & Culture.

 

History & Culture

About the Program

The History and Culture graduate program specializes in cultural and intellectual history, with a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary work. While its geographic focus remains European and American, the course of study emphasizes the production and dissemination of knowledge in global contexts. Students are trained to consider a range of intellectual and cultural problems of pressing contemporary relevance from multiple disciplinary perspectives.

The program emphasizes the training of teachers alongside scholars, and preparation for non-academic as well as academic careers. Through opportunities such as internships, seminars, and workshops, students can receive additional training in various areas, including, but not limited to, publishing, digital media, museum curation, and philanthropic organizations.

The professors at Drew really helped me to decide what kind of historian I wanted to be and encouraged me to explore parts of history I would never have considered. For example, Dr. Jonathan Rose’s course, The Victorian Mind, did not just focus on prominent philosophers in Victorian England. Dr. Rose incorporated studies of art, theater and fiction to help us understand the political and cultural movements occurring at the time. ”
Emily Jelly G’12
Master of Arts in History and Culture

Advanced Research

In consultation with their advisor, students in the MA program may choose to write a master’s thesis based on scholarly primary research or may choose a non-thesis track.

In consultation with their advisor, students in the PhD program must write a dissertation based on significant and sustained scholarly primary research.

Curricular Components

Historiography – exposes students to numerous historical approaches over a variety of subjects and time periods, with the goal of understanding the kinds of questions historians ask and the various methodologies they use to study that past, via historical works critical to our collective understanding, and historiographical conversations between and among historians.

Methodology – covers methodological and/or theoretical approaches within history or from another discipline, via theoretical texts as well as work by scholars who use that theory.

Extradisciplinarity – develops familiarity with the scholarly perspectives, literature, and methods of an extra-disciplinary field, beyond history.

Research – develops the methods of historical scholarship, such as archival work, primary source analysis, and thesis and argument development, resulting in the preparation of a publishable paper, and supported by working closely with faculty members with expertise in the subject matter.

Internships

Students in the MA and PhD programs may choose to undertake an internship in a professional context where history and culture provides additional expertise, such as museums and libraries or specialized publishers, foundations, or businesses.

Degree Information

Master of Arts in History and Culture

Students in the Master of Arts complete 30 credit hours from History and Culture listings, as well as approved courses from other Caspersen programs.

Doctor of Philosophy in History and Culture

Students in the Doctor of Philosophy complete 54 credit hours from History and Culture listings, as well as approved courses from other Caspersen programs.

Convenor

Ed Baring

Associate Professor of Modern European History

BA, University of Cambridge | PhD, Harvard University
2015 Guggenheim Fellow

"At Drew, you get the strengths of advanced research plus the benefits of faculty mentorship you can only find in a close-knit academic community. Students study with scholars at the cutting edge of their fields and experience intensive student-teacher collaboration typical of small liberal arts colleges.”

Core Faculty