Area of in-depth study: History of the United States, and the colonies that preceded it, since 1600

The purpose of this element – two specialised 5,000-word essays – is to provide the student with an opportunity to master the historiography of two topics in American history, and to engage with some of the primary sources pertinent to them. The topics may be either thematically linked, or located in the same chronological period, but not both. Normally the student will be guided through this part of the course by her/his dissertation supervisor who will set appropriate assignments. Opportunity to make a seminar presentation will usually be given in the context of the American History Graduate Seminar.