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Graduate Studies Programs of Study History


History
Chair
Manley, R.
 
Chair of Graduate Studies
Jainchill, A.
 
Professor
Akenson, D.H., Carson, J.T., D’Elia, A.F., Dubinsky, K.E., Errington, E.J., Greenfield, R.P.H., Mah, H., McKay, I.,  Smith, T.B., van Deusen, N., Woolf, D. 
 
Associate Professor
Adelman, H.T., Brison, J., Campbell, P., Caron, C.-I, Chowdhury, A., Collins, J., Currarino, R., den Otter, S.M., English, A., Hill, E.M., Husain, A.A., Jainchill, A. Manley, R., McNairn, J., Pande, I., Parker, D.S., Salzmann, A., Siljak, A. Walker, B. 
 
Assistant Professor
Weldemichael, A.
 
Professor Emeritus
Christianson, P.K., Hansen, K.J., Jeeves, A.H., Leith, J.A., Malcolmson, R.W., McCready, W.D., Pritchard, J.S., Smith, G.S., Stayer, J.M., Tulchinsky, G.J., Van Die, M.
 
Cross Appointed
Bruno-Jofré, R. (Education), Duffin, J.M. (History of Medicine), Epprecht, M. (Global Development Studies)
 

Departmental Facilities
The Stauffer Library holds primary source material for advanced historical research in Canadian, American, European, and Commonwealth history. The manuscript collections of the Queen's University Archives, holdings of printed governmental documents, collection of rare Canadiana, microfilm copies of PAC/Department of Labour materials, and numerous Canadian newspapers on microfilm form a comprehensive scholarly resource.
 
The Duke of Richmond Papers, the early records of the Presbyterian Church in Canada, the William Bell diaries, and the Cartwright, Kirby, Macaulay, Landon, Stone, Tett, Parrott, and Treadwell Papers are some of the collections containing material on the early social and economic development of Upper Canada. On the local level, research is facilitated by the records of the City of Kingston, and of numerous other individuals, associations, institutions, and businesses. For the study of Canadian economic history, resources include the papers of the Calvin Company, Redpath Sugar Company, Canada Steamship Lines, Macpherson-Crane and Company as well as the records of a number of local firms. For Canadian history since Confederation, the Archives contain the papers of Alexander Mackenzie, Mackenzie Bowell, Charles Mair, W.D. Gregory, Sir Allen Aylesworth, Walter Mitchell, Charles A. Dunning, T. A. Crerar, Herbert A. Bruce, Norman Rogers, C. G. Power, Sir Joseph Flavelle, Donald Gordon, J.M. Macdonnell, John Buchan, B.K. Sandwell, Grant Dexter, George Chipman, Norman Lambert, Donald C. MacDonald, G. Grube, Adam Shortt, A.R.M. Lower, and John T. Hackett. This material is supplemented by the microfilmed papers of Sir Wilfrid Laurier, John A. Macdonald, Borden, Arthur Meighen, William Lyon Mackenzie King, R.B. Bennett, John Diefenbaker, Louis Riel, Alexander Morris, the 9th Earl of Elgin, the Earl of Dundonald, Sir Edward Grigg, and the records of the United States State Department, Navy and Army, concerning the War of 1812, naval exploration, and the Civil War.
 
The Library's holdings of printed Canadian governmental documents, dominion and provincial, include complete sets of debates and sessional papers of the Parliament of Canada, and the journals of the Legislature of Upper Canada. In addition, the library has substantial holdings of United Nations, United States State Department, British, New Zealand, Indian, Pakistani, South African, Australian, and French documents. The Stauffer Library is a depository for published documents of the United States government. Holdings include the Journals of the House of Representatives and Senate and most of the Congressional Record. The archival and governmental documents are supported by collections of rare Canadiana and microfilms of a broad range of Canadian newspapers.
 
The Stauffer Library is strong also in British, British Imperial and Commonwealth history. The South African holdings rank with the best collections in North America. The Archives hold all the Colonial Office confidential prints relating to South Africa before 1916. The Parliamentary Debates and Parliamentary Papers are all available, and the collection contains long runs of newspapers on microfilm. The Library has acquired the Carter Karis collection of African political materials on microfilm. This is a very important source for the development of African nationalism in South Africa. For students of imperial policy, the British documentary section, supported by newspaper and periodical holdings, is invaluable. In addition, scholars in military history will find help at the Massey Library at the Royal Military College of Canada. The Canadian holdings in Stauffer are also of use to Commonwealth and military students.
 
The Health Sciences Library houses a rapidly growing collection of secondary works on the history of Western Medicine. All pre-1820 medical monographs published in the United States have been acquired on microfilm. A complete collection of medical periodicals published in Canada before 1911 is available on microfiche. Such sources are complemented by primary material in the Archives, such as the Kingston General Hospital collection, and an expanding group of secondary works on the history of science at the Douglas Library.
 
The Irish collection is growing. It includes long runs of official documents and supporting materials stretching back to the 16th century.
 
In medieval and early modern European studies, printed sources are available in the Stauffer Library for research in English medieval history, the Central European Reformation and in many aspects of the late medieval history of the Catholic Church. The library holds nearly all published governmental records for English and Scottish history of the medieval and Tudor periods, as well as a substantial proportion for the period 1603-80. Holdings of other documentary as well as narrative sources are also strong.
 
There are large collections of newspapers and other sources on the Old Regime and the French Revolution. For research in 20th Century French History, the Stauffer Library contains the parliamentary debates and the complete collection or long runs of some of the leading 20th century newspapers, including Le Temps, Le Monde, L'Humanité, Le Figaro, Le Populaire, La Croix, Le Peuple, l'Action Française, Gringoire, Je Suis Partout, L'Express, Témoignage Chrétien, France-Observateur. The Library also has collections of many other important journals and newspapers.
 
Proximity to the National Archives and other collections in Ottawa, including the Parliamentary Library, makes it possible for students to supplement their work at the university by periods of research in the capital.
Financial Assistance Applicants should consult particulars of the national and provincial awards listed earlier in this calendar. They are advised to submit applications for these without waiting to hear if their applications to the graduate program have been accepted. Attention is drawn to the closing dates for some fellowship applications, e.g. Commonwealth Fellowships in October, Ontario Graduate Scholarships by the beginning of November, and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Fellowships by mid-November.  Please see the History Department website for more information about funding.
 
The department employs graduate students as teaching assistants. These appointments are made primarily on academic merit and in order to provide students with teaching experience and additional financial support. For details, consult the Graduate Coordinator.
Fields of Concentration Canadian history; African history, Latin American history, Modern European history, American history and the Middle East.  We offer various transnational and comparative histories (gender and sexuality, public policy, religion, cross cultural encounters, pre modern reigious cultures, ethno-history of North Amemrica).  Please see the History Department website for a current list of fields.
Programs of Study
Applicants are accepted under the general regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Admission to the M.A. program is normally limited to students with a minimum strong upper second-class standing in the upper years of their B.A. programs. Admission to the Ph.D. is normally limited to applicants with first class standing on their M.A. work.
 
All incoming full-time graduate students enrolled in degree programs must take a minimum two regular graduate history courses in the department. Part-time students enrolled in degree programs may enroll in one course per session but must take the minimum two graduate history courses for their degrees.
HIST-895*, HIST-896*, HIST-897: Directed Reading and HIST-861/R.M.C. may not be counted for credit as one of these minimum two graduate courses.
MASTER OF ARTS
The department offers alternative options for the master's degree:
 
M.A. Pattern I
Two session-length or four term-length graduate courses in History or three term length graduate courses in History and one term-length course in another department plus a Master's thesis HIST-899, recommended length 100 pp., maximum length 150 pp. Courses taken outside of the department of History will need the prior approval of the Graduate Committee. Such approval will be granted only when the proposed course is in an area not available within the department. The Master's thesis will be subject to examination under the general regulations of the School of Graduate Studies (See Sections Thesis and Research in this calendar).
 
The Pattern I M.A. can be completed in twelve months but may take longer. It should be completed within 16-20 months from initial registration.
 
M.A. Pattern II
Three session-length graduate courses or term-length equivalents plus a Master's cognate essay (HIST-898), recommended length 40 pp, maximum length 50 pp. The Master's essay will not be subject to an oral defence but will be read by one member of the department in addition to the essay supervisor.
The Pattern II M.A. is designed to be completed within twelve months.
 
There shall be no switching from Pattern II to Pattern I or from Pattern I to Pattern II after January 15th of the first year of registration in the program.
 
A minimum of one and one half graduate session-length courses (or three term-length courses) must be taken in the History department, but a third course of the three-course, Pattern II option may be taken outside the department.
In either option, the student must choose the courses in consultation with the instructors and the Graduate Coordinator. One of the courses must be closely related to the subject of the student's thesis or essay. In the three-course pattern, the three courses are normally not to be taken in the same field, and only in exceptional circumstances will the three-course option be open to part-time students.
DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY
Doctoral candidates in History must satisfy requirements in the following areas:
 
I  Two session length courses and one half session required course (HIST-901), taken in the Fall/Winter terms of the first year of the programme.
II  Field requirements (1 major and 1 minor).
III Thesis proposal and qualifying exam.
IV Defence of a doctoral dissertation.
 
The seminars, reading courses and field examinations are selected to enable a candidate to study different national areas, comparative and transnational areas, and/or periods of history. The candidate's entire program must be approved by the Graduate Committee of the Department of History.
The doctoral program will require at least three years of full-time study for a candidate who has substantial undergraduate and MA training in history.
 
Please see the History Department website for a more comprehensive description of the doctoral programme.
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