2020-2021 Academic Catalog

History (HIS)

HIS 100  History of World Societies I  (3 Credits)  

A comparative study of societies and cultures, and their interactions, from the earliest humans to the sixteenth century. Encourages critical thinking and geographical understanding, offers exercises in writing, discussion, and computer applications.

HIS 100H  Honors History of World Societies I  (3 Credits)  

A comparative study of societies and cultures and their interactions from the earliest humans to the sixteenth century. Encourages critical thinking and geographical understanding: offers exercises in writing, discussion, and computer_applications.

HIS 101  History of World Societies II  (3 Credits)  

A comparative study of societies and cultures, and their interactions, from the sixteenth century to the present, emphasizing modern issues. Encourages critical thinking and geographical understanding, offers exercises in writing, discussion, and computer applications.

HIS 101H  Honors History of World Socities II  (3 Credits)  

A comparative study of societies and cultures and their interactions from the sixteenth century to the present, emphasizing modern issues. Encourages critical thinking and geographical understanding: offers exercises in writing, discussion and computer applications.

HIS 102  United States History to 1865  (3 Credits)  

Survey of American History to 1865.

HIS 102H  Honors United States History to 1877  (3 Credits)  

A comprehensive surve of American history from the development of indigenous cultures tot he passage of the Thirteenth Amendment in 1865. Encourages critical thinking and geographical understanding: offers exercises in writing, discussion, and computer applications.

HIS 103  United States History Since 1865  (3 Credits)  

Survey of American History from 1865 to the present.

HIS 205  Introduction to the Study of History  (3 Credits)  

HIS 205, a required course for history majors to be taken in the sophomore year, is designed to introduce students to the meaning, and problems of historical study and to the skills required to conceptualize, analyze, and synthesize historical materials.

HIS 304  Western Thought, Global Challenges  (3 Credits)  

Studies the development and characteristics of Western thought and ideologies, and their application to modern global issues and challenges. Emphasizes critical thinking, writing, and oral discussion.

HIS 305  The Three R's of History: Reading, Writing and Research  (3 Credits)  

An in-depth engagement with the craft of reading, writing, research and rhetoric for historians, this clas reinforces the skills learned in History 205 and builds upon them by introducing historical research methods and discussing the variety of historical thought and theory.

HIS 310  Age of Encounter, 1415-1607  (3 Credits)  

This course examines European overseas expansion from the exploration of West Africa in 1415 to the settlement of Jamestown colony in 1607. It focuses on cross- cultural encounters among Europeans, Africans, Native Americans, and Asians, with an emphasis on the Columbian Exchange, the African slave trade, Atlantic commerce, European colonization, and the Asian contribution to overseas exploration.

HIS 313  United States Early National Period, 1788-1815  (3 Credits)  

This course examines the development of the federal government from the ratification of the US Constitution through the end of the War of 1812. The course will emphasize the development of an American social and political identity and the challenges the new nation faced as it developed not only a strong central government, but also struggled to be recognized internationally.

HIS 314  Antebellum America, 1815-1850  (3 Credits)  

This course examines the social, cultural, and political history of the United States during the antebellum period, from the end of the War of 1812 to the election of Abraham Lincoln as president. Particular attention will be paid to the changing role of women, the struggle to end slavery, and the arrival of new immigrants and their position in American Society.

HIS 320  Independent Latin America  (3 Credits)  

Survey of the political, social, economic, and cultural history of the Latin American nations since the early nineteenth century.

HIS 328  History of Virginia  (3 Credits)  

This course traces the history of Virginia from Native American kingdoms through colonial development to the present. Virginia was one of the most important English colonies in North America; later, it would be one of the most important states in teh American Union. Its decision to leave the Union for the Confederacy was very controversial and painful, and it took the Old Dominion nearly hundred years to recovr from that path. Today, Virginia has become one of the wealthiest and most influential states again, thanks in part to government and military spending

HIS 330  Colonial History  (3 Credits)  

Study of the Spanish, French, English, Dutch, and Swedish colonies through the eighteenth century, ending with the Treaty of Paris (1763). Emphasis on the economic, social, religious, and political concepts shaping colonial cultures.

HIS 331  The American Revolution and Federal Era,, 1763-1800  (3 Credits)  

Surveys the political, economic, diplomatic, and , intellectual themes associated with the American , Revolution and post-Revolutionary era, with, particular emphasis upon the drafting of the U.S, Constitution.

HIS 332  The United States: Early National Period, 1800-1840  (3 Credits)  

Study of the Jeffersonian and Jacksonian eras, with special emphasis on economic, political, and social forces shaping American development.

HIS 333  The Civil War & Reconstruction  (3 Credits)  

Study of nature of sectional conflicts leading to , Civil War; political, military and diplomatic , aspects of the war itself; Reconstruction and its, results to 1877

HIS 335  African-American History  (3 Credits)  

Survey of African-American history from its African origins to the abolition of slavery in 1865. Emphasizes critical thinking, writing and oral competency.

HIS 335H  Honors African-American History to 1865  (3 Credits)  

Survey of African-American history from its African origins to the abolition of slavery in 1865. Emphasizes critical thinking, writing and oral competency.

HIS 336  African-American History Since 1865  (3 Credits)  

Survey of African-American history from 1865 to present.

HIS 336H  Honors African-American History Since 1865  (3 Credits)  

Survey of African-American history from the abolition of slavery in 1865 to the present. Emphasizes critical thinking, writing and oral competency.

HIS 337  United States Women's History  (3 Credits)  

This course examines women's participation in the founding, developing and growth in the United century with special focus on women's struggle for legal, economic and social equality.

HIS 340  From England to Great Britain 1485-1832  (3 Credits)  

Study of the transformation of Tudor and Stuart, England into eighteenth-century Great Britain. , Emphasis on the making and maintenance of, England's limited monarch through its own civil , war to the end of the Napoleonic period. , Explanation of the causes and consequences of , Great Britain becoming the leading industrial and, commercial power by 1832

HIS 341  Great Britain Since 1832  (3 Credits)  

Study of the rise and fall of Great Britain as the world's leading industrial and imperial power. Focuses also on the effects of decolonization, including African, West Indian, and Asian immigration to the United Kingdom, as well as the making of the welfare state after the Second World War.

HIS 346  Twentieth-Century Europe  (3 Credits)  

Study of the problems of the states of Europe, emphasizing the causes of World War I, the terrible and unpredicted consequences of "total" war, the chaotic interwar period, the effects of the Great Depression, the emergence of totalitarian ideologies, World War II and the Holocaust, and the reconstruction of Europe amidst the context of Cold War.

HIS 346H  Honors Twentieth-Century Europe  (3 Credits)  

Study of the problems of the states of Europe, emphasizing the causes of World War I, the terrible and unpredicted consequences of "total"war, the chaotic interwar period, the effects of the Great Depression, the emergence of totalitarian ideologies, World War II and the Holocaust, and the reconstruction of Europe amidst the context of Cold War.

HIS 348  Ancient History  (3 Credits)  

Study of the great civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece and Rome. Emphasis on political, economic, social, religious, and cultural life. Assessment of the rise of Christianity and the Germanic invasions culminating in the end of the Western Roman Empire.

HIS 350  Borders and Moving People  (3 Credits)  

Examines the contemporary history of border violence, migration patterns, government controls, and ideologies of ethnic and national belonging in global and comparative perspective. Emphasis on understanding how racially exclusive and politically authoritarian ideologies triumph over the diverse and democratic promises of revolution, nation building, & construction of the people.

HIS 350H  Borders and Moving People  (3 Credits)  

Examines the contemporary history of border, violence, migration patterns, government controls,, and ideologies of ethnic and national belonging in, global and comparative perspective. Emphasis on, understanding how racially exclusive and, politically authoritarian ideologies triumph over, the diverse and democratic promises of revolution,, nation building, and constructions of the "the, people".

HIS 360  Latin America: Readings in Latin-American History  (3 Credits)  

Analysis of the political, economic, and social histories of these nations, 1810 to present.

HIS 361  Latin America: Readings in Latin-American History  (3 Credits)  

Intensive directed reading for exceptionally able students.

HIS 362  Introduction to the Modern Middle East, Part 1  (3 Credits)  

Survey of the foundation and development of the Islamic civilization to the foundation of the Ottoman Empire providing close study of the Ottoman Empire in the late 18th century and throughout the 19th century.

HIS 364  Readings in American History  (1-3 Credits)  

Readings and discussions in selected historical problems.

HIS 365  Latin Amer Caribb  (3 Credits)  

Survey of the political, economic, and social , histories of the Carribean and Latin America from, their earliest inhabitants through the end of the, twentieth century

HIS 370  Early African History and Cultures, From the Beginning of Humankind to 1600  (3 Credits)  

This course introduces students to the political, social, economic, and cultural history of Africa from the beginning of humanity to the 17thcentury. During the semester, students explore several themes with a view to understanding the vast diversity of African peoples and cultures before European colonial rule. Using multiple teaching and learning strategies to expose students to variety of viewpoints, the course emphasizes the inter-disciplinary richness of Africa's historical study, drawing interpretive paradigms from anthropology, archaeology, ethnography, religion, ethno-linguistics, and geography.

HIS 371  Modern African History & Cultures 1600-PRESENT  (3 Credits)  

This course examines the history and cultures of Africa from the 17th century to the 21st century. Emphasis will be on the internal dynamics of African societies before European colonization, Africa and the global maritime networks, European colonization and Africans' response, end of colonization, challenges of post-colonial nation building, apartheid in South Africa, and Africa's recovery and economic growth in the age of globalization.

HIS 371H  Honors Modern African History & Cultures, 1600-PRESENT  (3 Credits)  

This course examines the history and cultures of Africa from the 17th century to the 21st century. Emphasis will be on the internal dynamics of African societies before European colonization, Africa and the global maritime networks, European colonization and Africans' response, end of colonization, challenges of post-colonial nation building, apartheid in South Africa, and Africa's recovery and economic growth in the age of globalization.

HIS 372  African Diaspora History and Culture  (3 Credits)  

Drawing on multi-disciplinary perspectives and materials from history, arts, humanities, this course focuses on the worldwide migrations, societies, and cultures of African-descended peoples as they have formed communities and interacted with other communities.

HIS 377  Black Leaders, Then and Now  (3 Credits)  

Survey of the role of Black leaders in American history from the period of exploration and discovery to the present.

HIS 380  American Military History  (3 Credits)  

Study of the development of the American military establishment, policies, and stategies from the American Revolution to the present

HIS 380H  Honors American Military History  (3 Credits)  

Study of the development of the American military, establishment, policies, and stategies from the, American Revolution to the present

HIS 404  World History for World History Teachers  (3 Credits)  

World History for World History has three specific, learning outcomes: (1) to enhance the content, knowledge of teacher candidates about the major, trends, periods, and themes in world history, (2), to enable teacher candidates and/or future, researchers to understand the purposes and, histories of world history, and (3) to have, teacher candidates to design a course syllabus,, for a standard half of a world history survey -, either ancient or modern, featuring an array of, relevant readings and appropriate activities.

HIS 410  American Constitutional History  (3 Credits)  

Study of basic principles of the American , constitutional system. Emphasis on the judicial, interpretation and application of these principles, in construing the powers of the government and, the rights of persons. Examines the historical , background of major federal court decisions.

HIS 418  Southern History  (3 Credits)  

Survey of the social, political, and economic , development of the Southern United States.

HIS 439  Recent American History From 1932 to Present  (3 Credits)  

Study of social, economic and political changes, including the Great Depression, the New Deal, World War II, the Cold War, the 1950s and 1960s to the end of the century. Also includes the Black Revolution and other contemporary developments.

HIS 444  African Diaspora History and Culture (this Course Changed to His 372, See Above)  (3 Credits)  

Drawing on scholarship rooted in various academic disciplines, including history, anthropology, literature, sociology, art history and performance studies, this course provides an introduction to selected themes in the rapidly expanding field of African Diaspora Studies.

HIS 446  Colonial Latin American  (3 Credits)  

Study of the leading Native American cultures of , 1500 AD, their conquest by iberian adventurers, , the making of colonial institutions and cultures, , and the eventual origins of independence movements

HIS 448  Slavery in the Alantic Basin  (3 Credits)  

Study of the development of slavery in the , Atlantic Basin from its Western African/Islamic/, European origins through the dreaded Middle, Passage to the Carribean, Latin America, and the , American South.

HIS 490  Special Topics  (3 Credits)  

Opportunities to study and examine historical , problems of special interest

HIS 490A  Special Topics in History  (3 Credits)  

Opportunities to study and examine historical problems of special interest.

HIS 490E  Special Topics in History  (3 Credits)  

Opportunities to study and examine historical problems of special interest.

HIS 490K  Paths to Freedom  (3 Credits)  

This course examines the first documented, Africans in colonial America who came ashore at, Old Point Comfort in 1619 through their dominance, in Virginia's maritime industry. Students will, also learn about the critical role African, Americans had in the Civil War, beginning at Fort, Monroe

HIS 490L  The Underground Railroad  (3 Credits)  

This course provides a local perspective of a, secret system that is still steeped in myth and, mystery. The majority of fugitives escaped from, Virginia, with the majority finding freedom, aboard vessels bound for the north.

HIS 490M  Special Topics: Black Lives Matter  (3 Credits)  

Opportunities to study and examine historical problems of special interest.

HIS 490X  1619 and the Making of America  (3 Credits)  

This course frames how the events that occurred, beginning in 1619 permanently altered British, America and created a complex culture and, society. We intend to discuss this important, period by gathering a group of eminent scholars, who will use their expertise to summarize how, American society was transformed beginning in, 1619.

HIS 490Y  Special Topics: Borders, Bureaucracies, & Big Brother  (3 Credits)  

Opportunities to study and examine historical problems of special interest.

HIS 490Z  The History of Love and Marriage  (3 Credits)  

Contact the department for specific course information

HIS 492  Race and Gender in Cuba and Latin America  (3 Credits)  

This upper-level history seminar will examine two themes of the African Diaspora in Latin America: race and gender. It will place Latin America within the border context of Atlantic history, and suggest the ways in which comparative historical study can provide insight into interdisciplinary critical race and gender studies. The course will focus particular attention on the example of Cuba, a society that was profoundly impacted by colonialism, slavery, discrimination and revolution. It will examine contemporary perspectives and controversies currently underway in American, Latin American and Cuban academia regarding the history and present-day situation of African-descended peoples and women.

HIS 492H  Honors Race and Gender in Cuba and Latin America  (3 Credits)  

This upper-level history seminar will examine two themes of the African Diaspora in Latin America: race and gender. It will place Latin America within the border context of Atlantic history, and suggest the ways in which comparative historical study can provide insight into interdisciplinary critical race and gender studies. The course will focus particular attention on the example of Cuba, a society that was profoundly impacted by colonialism, slavery, discrimination and revolution. It will examine contemporary perspectives and controversies currently underway in American, Latin American and Cuban academia regarding the history and present-day situation of African-descended peoples and women.

HIS 494  Internship  (3 Credits)  

Development of knowledge and skills in fields related to history, for example, museum work or digital projects. A minimum number of clock hours in approved placement is required.

HIS 497  Historical Research  (3 Credits)  

In this capstone course, students formulate and carry out an original historical research project which applies their writing, critical thinking and public speaking skills to a self- directed research project. With the help of the instructor, students develop a historical question, find relevant primary and secondary sources using archives, library holdings and digital resources, write an article-length paper and present their research to the class.

HIS 497H  Honors Historical Research  (3 Credits)  

In this capstone course, students formulate and carry out an original historical research project which applies their writing, critical thinking and public speaking skills to a self- directed research project. With the help of the instructor, students develop a historical question, find relevant primary and secondary sources using archives, library holdings and digital resources, write an article-length paper and present their research to the class.