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Queen's University
 

Field Requirements

Students will be required to demonstrate competency in the major field by:

  • Successful completion of the course work in the major field
  • An oral examination of the field: in preparation for this examination, the student shall prepare a detailed syllabus for a 24 week senior undergraduate seminar in the major field. Students will be required to demonstrate in the oral defence of the syllabus a sophisticated and broad-ranging knowledge of the major historiographical topics, debates, and trends in broadly defined fields, The reading lists for these fields are to be generated in consultation with the field supervisors. As a guideline, students normally read 80-100 books or articles in their major field. The lists should be forwarded to the graduate office by the end of February.

Students are expected to submit the syllabus by May 31st of their first year in the programme. If possible, the defence of the syllabus and the field should also be held by this date, but in the event that field supervisors are away from Queen's for the summer, the defence of the syllabus and the field must take place before the third week of September of the second year.

Students will be required to demonstrate competency in the minor fields by

  • Successful completion of course work in one minor field. Candidates may take one of their three fields in a cognate department. Requirements in one field will normally be satisfied by a carry-over of course work from the MA programme.
  • An oral examination of the minor field: the student shall prepare and defend a detailed syllabus for a 12 week undergraduate seminar course in the minor field. Students will be required to demonstrate in the oral senior defence of the syllabus a sophisticated and broad-ranging knowledge of the major historiographical topics, debates, and trends in broadly defined fields. The reading lists for these fields are to be generated in consultation with the field supervisors. As a guideline, students normally read 50 books or articles in their minor field
  • . The lists should be forwarded to the graduate office by the end of February. Students are expected to submit the syllabus by June 30th of their first year in the programme. If possible, the defence of the syllabus and the field should also be held by this date, but in the event that field supervisors are away from Queen's for the summer, the defence of the syllabus and the field must take place before the third week of September of the second year.

The objective of the oral defence of the fields is twofold. First, candidates should demonstrate broad knowledge and expertise of the historical literature and principal debates in both their major and minor fields. Second, the requirement of the course syllabi is also aimed at developing pedagogical skills that will aid the student both in the academic job market and in university teaching. The field examination are normally held separately and are an hour to an hour and a half in length. Fields must be chosen from the list of fields below.
 
The candidate shall be assessed on an approved or not approved basis. Candidates who do not receive an approved assessment must successfully complete the field requirements within three months of the first attempt. If the second attempt is unsuccessful, candidates wishing to appeal the decision of not approved may consult the Graduate School Calendar (Section 8.9) for details of the appeal procedure. Field requirements must be passed before the Qualifying Examination defence of the thesis proposal may be scheduled.

Geographic and Temporal Fields

  • Pre Confederation Canada
  • Post Confederation Canada
  • Canadian Social and Cultural History
  • State and Civil Society in Canada
  • Canada, Military
  • Comparative Colonial North American Societies
  • The British Isles and Empire
  • Medieval History
  • The Renaissance
  • Early Modern Europe
  • Late Modern Europe
  • European Intellectual History
  • Mediterranean World
  • Atlantic World
  • Colonial America
  • Middle East
  • 19th Century US
  • 20th Century US
  • China in the 19th and 20th centuries
  • Ireland in the 19th and 20th Centuries
  • Latin America
  • Russia in the 19th and 20th Centuries
  • South Asia
  • Southern Africa
  • Sub-Saharan Africa

Comparative/Thematic Fields

  • Comparative North American Colonial Societies
  • Comparative Public Policy, 1800-1950
  • Development Theories and Practice
  • History of the Left
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • North American Ethno-history
  • Religious Cultures and Soceity
  • Cross-Cultural Encounters
  • Religion in North American Society, 1800-1950
  • History of Medicine
  • "Race": International Perspectives
  • Cold War Studies

 

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