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Graduate Catalog 2016-2017 
Graduate Catalog 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Certificate Program in Ethnohistory

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Ethnohistory is the study of cultures, combining research techniques and theoretical approaches from the fields of history and anthropology. The core of ethnohistory lies in the realization shared by practitioners of the benefits obtained through the use of multiple lines of evidence to study history and culture. Ethnohistorians recognize that documents, archaeological findings, oral histories, and ethnographies can be profitably compared, contrasted, and integrated to elucidate the histories and cultural contexts of groups that have been ignored in conventional historical accounts. By juxtaposing multiple lines of evidence in an interdisciplinary manner, ethnohistorians can at once examine the distant and the local, the general and the particular, bringing human experience into better focus.

Western Michigan University is a center for ethnohistorical research on a global level, including the United States, Canada, West Africa, South Asia, and Europe. Particular areas of expertise include culture contact, colonialism, material analysis, historiography, oral history, gender, historical archaeology, ethnography, tribalization, globalization, and modernization. These topics are not restricted to any particular geographic area nor any particular societal structure.


Admission Requirements

This certificate program is open to any student admitted to a graduate degree program at Western Michigan University.

Program Requirements

Each student will complete satisfactorily five courses (fifteen credit hours). Students will be required to take three approved courses, at least one of which will be outside of their home department; and take the Ethnohistory Seminar (HIST/ANTH 6090) two times, which will be alternately taught each year by faculty from history and anthropology.

Recommended Courses

The courses below count for the Ethnohistory program only when taught by an affiliate faculty of the Ethnohistory program. Please see an advisor for more complete information.

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