101 Western Civilization to 1648
(3 s.h.) A survey of the civilization of Western European history from classical antiquity to the end of the Thirty Years’ War. Topics include Greek and Roman empires, transmission of cultures, organization of Christianity, medieval dynasties, and Reformation.
102 Western Civilization from 1648
(3 s.h.) A survey of the civilization of Western European history from the scientific revolution to the present. Topics include the English Civil War, the French Revolution, nationalism and imperialism, the two World Wars, the Russian Revolution and the rebuilding of postwar Europe.
111 Survey of U.S. History to 1877
(3 s.h.) A survey of the principal events, in chronological order, of U.S. history to 1877. Students are introduced to the historical method of asking questions about the past, analyzing events and interpreting them.
112 Survey of U.S. History from 1877
(3 s.h.) A chronological survey of the principal events of U.S. history from 1877. Students are introduced to the historical method of asking questions about the past, analyzing events and interpreting them.
202 Virginia History
(3 s.h.) A survey of Virginia life and culture during the first four centuries of the colony and commonwealth. Students conduct research about specific events or topics in Virginia history and present their findings in a research paper. *Prerequisite: HIST 111 or HIST 112 or permission of Instructor.
203 Women in American History
(3 s.h.) A study of the history of women in America from colonial days to the present. This course examines the events and trends that have special significance for women in American history. *Prerequisite: HIST 111 or HIST 112 or permission of Instructor.
204 Religion in America
(3 s.h.) An introduction to the history of religion in America, its forms, and the interaction of religious convictions and American culture. Students will learn to analyze and compare religious ideas and environments. Cross listed as REL 204.
211 The United States: The Colonial Experience, 1500–1763
(3 s.h.) A study of the founding and maturing of the English North American colonies. This course examines the peopling of the colonies; the evolution of colonial government; and political, social, cultural, and religious change and the rise of slavery.
212 The United States: The Revolutionary Generation, 1763–1817
(3 s.h.) An intensive study of the early American republic, with special emphasis on the framing and ratification of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, the first American political parties, War of 1812, westward expansion, republican society and culture, and Jeffersonian democracy.
213 The United States: Civil War and Reconstruction
(3 s.h.) A study of the United States from Andrew Jackson to the Civil War and Reconstruction. This course examines the growth of political democracy, party disintegration, reform movements, slavery, the Old South, the opening of the West, and the cultures of ethnic and racial minorities.
214 The United States: America Comes of Age, 1876–1929
(3 s.h.) A study of the United States from the Gilded Age to the Great Depression. This course examines the growth of business, labor, government, urbanization and immigration, the rise to world power, race relations, women’s rights, the closing of the frontier, and cultural trends.
216 The United States: Global America, 1929 to the Present
(3 s.h.) A study of the United States from the Great Depression to the present. Course examines the Great Depression, the rise of the welfare state, internationalism, changing roles of women, racial and ethnic subcultures, the Civil Rights movement, political change, the Cold War, and modern problems of security and peace.
217 The American West
(3 s.h.) Explores the history of the American West from the first human occupation to the present. It emphasizes the interactions of diverse human cultures of Native Americans, Hispanic peoples, African-Americans, Anglos, the French, Asians, Mormons, and non-English-speaking European immigrants, especially west of the Mississippi, from the time of European colonization. Focuses on geography, exploration, artistic and literary images, western myth-making, farming and mining frontiers, women’s roles, violence, railroads, protest, the cattle industry, and contemporary problems.
221 Economic History of the U.S.
(3 s.h.) This course is designed to analyze the growth and develop ment of the US economy since colonial times. Students will be expected to understand the major economic changes of the last 300 years and how and why these changes occurred. By using economic concepts, the class will explore topics including the causes of regional specialization, the effects of technological progress, institutional influences, the economic role of women, and the consequences of government policy. The course may require field trips to industrial and agricultural sites. Cross listed as ECON 221.
222 History of American Art and Architecture
(3 s.h.) For course description, see ARTH 222 in the Art History listing.
224 Diplomatic History of the United States
(3 s.h.) A study of the foreign relations of the United States from the American Revolution to the Iraq War. *Prerequisite: HIST 111 or HIST 112 or permission of Instructor.
227 History of the American South
(3 s.h.) History of the American South from its founding to the present; its geography, settlement, economy, politics, and culture. Focuses on the rise of sectionalism and secession, race and slavery, reform and Jim Crow, reconciliation and modernization, civil rights, immigration, and the Sunbelt.
228 History of Appalachia
(3 s.h.) A study of the history of the Southern Appalachian mountain region, with an emphasis on the period since the Civil War. Topics include the impact of industrialization, the exploitation of natural and human resources, the development of stereotypes, and the creation of cultural identity.
238 Tudor-Stuart England, 1450–1660
(3 s.h.) An exploration of politics, culture, religion, and society. Topics include the Wars of the Roses, Parliament and monarchy, Henry VIII’s marital and religious policies, Elizabeth I’s court, the Civil War, family, sexuality, and gender. Recommended for students taking English literature courses and the Virginia Program at Oxford.
239 Voices of Protest and Authority: Europe 1600–1800
(3 s.h.) An exploration of the controversies that divided Europeans during the Enlightenment. Through texts and images of the period, we will explore debates on the nature of political power, absolutism, education, women, race, and family. In addition the course will examine the popular culture, satires, and autobiographical accounts that challenged ideas of liberty, equality, and fraternity.
240 Revolutionary Europe, 1789–1901
(3 s.h.) Topics include the French Revolution, Napoleon, industrialization, Marx, political ideologies, suffrage movements, women, and the family.
241 British History to 1688
(3 s.h.) British history from the Romans to the Glorious Revolution that introduces historical methods, sources, and key debates among historians. Topics include the Norman invasion, English law, the monarchy, medieval town and village life, women’s roles, gender relations, the Reformation, the Civil War, and Restoration. This course offers historical back ground for English literature courses and for the Virginia Program at Oxford.
242 British History from 1688
(3 s.h.) A survey of British history from the Glorious Revolution to the present. Topics include the power of the landed elite, party rivalries, imperial expansion, the role of women in politics and industry, and British cultural myths. This course offers an historical background for courses in English literature.
243 The French Revolution
(3 s.h.) An intensive study of the first six years of the French Revolution, 1789–1794. Explores major events and figures; economic, social, political, and intellectual conditions; and interpretations of the accomplishments of the era. No knowledge of French language is required; however, students who do their research in French can receive credit toward the French major. A key component of the course is participation in all discussions and projects.
246 Europe in the Twentieth Century, 1900–1939
(3 s.h.) A study of Europe from the early twentieth century to the outbreak of the Second World War. Topics include the Great War and Russian Revolution, women’s movements, sexuality and gender relations, the rise of fascism, the Spanish Civil War, and appeasement. Exploring European culture through foreign-language films is a key component of the course.
247 Modern Europe, 1939–Present
(3 s.h.) A study of Europe from the beginning of the Second World War to the present. Topics include World War II and the Holocaust, the development of the Cold War, women’s movements and culture wars, European relations with the superpowers, the revolutions of 1989, and German reunification. Exploring European culture through foreign films in English is a key component of the course.
255 The History of Russia
(3 s.h.) A survey of the Russian state from its Kievan origins to the present. Topics include Peter the Great’s westernization program, the expansion of the Muscovite state under Catherine the Great, the Russian Revolution, Lenin and Stalin, communism and the current crises within the former Soviet Union.
264 Introduction to the African Diaspora
(3 s.h.) A survey course that will investigate the dispersal of African peoples to Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas since ancient times. We will explore the processes of acculturation and resistance among people of African descent and the connections and relationships between Africa and the rest of the world. Major themes include race and culture, the Mediterranean and Atlantic Slave Trades, African Liberation, and interactions between diasporic Blacks and Africans.
265 Survey of African-American History to 1877
(3 s.h.) This course presents a chronological survey of principal events in African-American History to 1877, with particular focus on development of the slave trade and slavery and how Blacks experienced, and responded to, this “peculiar institution.” The course critically analyzes decisive political, social, and cultural events specific to African-American History through the examination of primary and secondary sources, through class discussion and in-depth writing assignments.
266 Survey of African-American History from 1877
(3 s.h.) This course presents a chronological survey of the history of African-Americans from 1877 to the present with emphasis on the following topics: The Rise of American Apartheid, The Harlem Renaissance, and The Civil Rights Movement. The course critically analyzes decisive political, social, and cultural events specific to African-American History through the examination of primary and secondary sources, through class discussion, and in-depth writing assignments.
267 History of the Harlem Renaissance
(3 s.h.) This course surveys the cultural, political, literary, and artistic activities and celebrated figures from the Harlem Renaissance era, late 1910s to mid 1930s. We will analyze the unprecedented artistic outpouring of this era; how politicians, civil rights activists, writers, artists, musicians, and ordinary people explore the character of the “New Negro”; and the implications of race, gender, and skin color. This course will use primary source documents, documentaries and music to study this era.
(3 s.h.) Colloquia focus on specialized methods in history such as archaeology, oral, family and local history, or special topics. Emphasis placed on class discussion and presentations. Limited enrollment.
346 European Women’s History from 1700
(3 s.h.) In this seminar style course, we examine women’s lives in the workplace, at home, in the professions, and in politics. Topics include laws governing marriage and property, relations within the family, the dynamics of class, women’s sexuality, gender roles, and education. *Prerequisite: one of HIST 102, HIST 242, HIST 246, HIST 247; or permission of instructor.
365 History of the Civil Rights Movement
(3 s.h.) The struggle for African Americans to enjoy the rights of United States’ citizens has been an arduous battle waged in the face of systematic racism and domestic terrorism. This course analyzes the history of the American Civil Rights Movement (19401965) placing emphasis on the following: The involvement of ordinary citizens; the centrality of religion in the movement; decisive events and personalities; tactics; and consequences of the contemporary civil rights movement. This course will use primary source documents, documentaries and music in order to study this important protest movement.
400 Senior Seminar
(3 s.h.) An examination of the method of historical analysis and its specific application to a research problem. Students prepare and defend their senior history seminar paper during the course. Research theme varies from year to year. *Prerequisites: HIST 101, HIST 102, HIST 111, HIST 112. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 in history courses before enrolling in HIST 400.
Note: Directed inquiries, teaching assistantships and internships in history can be arranged on an individual basis.