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Sample Course Syllabi

Here are recent syllabi for a sample of graduate courses offered in the program.  Please be aware that these are all “works in progress” and change, sometimes markedly, from year to year as professors teaching the course rotate or as we update the readings, change the organization, alter the assignments, and otherwise modify the course to reflect new developments in the field. Other courses are offered from time to time as well. 


I.  600-level Courses: These are exclusively for graduate students and operate in a seminar format:


II.  500-level Courses: These are “swing” courses that include both undergraduate and graduates. They generally enroll larger numbers than the 600-level seminars and operate in a lecture/discussion mode. Special requirements for graduate students, beyond those of the undergraduates, normally apply.

Last Updated 1/25/11


History major Gabrielle Brannigan received a scholarship to enter the MA program in Social Studies and Special Education at the University of Rochester's Warner School of Education.

Dr. Takashi Nishiyama has published a book, Engineering War and Peace in Modern Japan, 1868-1964 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014).

Dr. Takashi Nishiyama was interviewed by Mainichi, a major national newspaper in Japan, for the Oct. 3, 2014, issue.

The department hosted an NEH Workshop, Rochester Reform Trail, for K-12 teachers in July 2014.

History major Amy Freeman has published an article on the Eastman Dental Dispensary in the Democrat and Chronicle.

Dr. Takashi Nishiyama was interviewed by Yomuiri, a major national newspaper in Japan.

Dr. Ken O'Brien has been named a SUNY Provost Fellow for the 2013-2014 year.

Dr. Bruce Leslie has been named a SUNY Distinguished Service Professor.


The Malik Lecture will be held on Thursday, February 12, 2015, at 7 pm at the Tower Fine Arts Center Mainstage.

The Robert Marcus Lecture will be held on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at 7:30 pm in the lecture hall (room 104) of the Liberal Arts Building.