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U.S. History Specialization

The MA Specialization in U.S. History is designed to give students deep and sophisticated knowledge of the subject area, and to explore ways in which historians go about their craft. Those enrolled have the opportunity to customize their course work by selecting from a wide variety of courses. Some courses focus on the major periods of American history, including:

  • The Colonial Period
  • The Revolution
  • The Age of Jackson
  • The Civil War and Reconstruction
  • Populism and Progressivism
  • World War II
  • The Cold War
  • Modern America

Other courses focus on topics throughout the nation’s history, including:

  • The History of American Women
  • Labor
  • Politics
  • Warfare
  • Urbanization
  • Consumerism
  • Sexuality

Students will consider differing and evolving interpretations of the past. They will learn about the major debates, controversies, and achievements in the field, while honing their research, writing, and presentation skills.

Research Examples for the U.S. History Specialization

  • Race in the Reconstruction Era and Philippines
  • Women and Urban Design
  • The Vietnam War and Popular Culture
  • Film and Music: Hip-Hop, Urban Culture, and African American History
  • New Jersey’s Colonial Legacy
  • Consumerism and Industry
  • The U.S. Military and its Global Role

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