The American History programme offers an exceptional range of expertise, providing courses and research supervision in a wide array of topics and time periods, ranging from the American Revolution to the Cold War. Students take a variety of seminar-style courses in small groups while developing their own research projects in consultation with an internationally-respected team of historians.
The programme can be undertaken either full-time (12 months) or part-time (24 months). There are three required courses for this programme: two generic skills training courses (20 credits each), one in each semester, and a core course in American historiography which is team-taught by Edinburgh’s U.S. historians and provides an introduction to the historiography of a range of topics and periods. Students choose a further three courses from a list of options. These courses typically require extensive reading and advanced discussion of specialised topics in U.S. history.
The 12,000 word dissertation is an independent, primary source-based research project supervised by one or more members of the academic staff. Students have considerable freedom to define their own dissertation project, so long as it is a feasible project which one or more staff members have the expertise to supervise. Recent examples include; Lyndon Johnson and the Vietnam War, The California Eagle newspaper and the civil rights movement and Religion and Confederate nationalism
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For students whose first language is not English, detailed information about required English language qualifications can be found on the website.