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Course Offerings

Below is a list of available courses offered by the History Department. Consult the Registrar’s Office and the College Catalog for registration information.

Course List

HIST 101 - MODERN EUROPE TO 1750

This course will introduce the main social, political, economic, and cultural forces that shaped and reshaped European societies and Europe?s relationship to the world in this period. Topics for discussion and study include the institutions of medieval Europe, the Renaissance, the Reformation, the emergence of modern commercial capitalism, the English Revolutions, and the Enlightenment. Hours credit: 3.

HIST 102 - MODERN EUROPE 1750-1900

Between 1750 and 1900 most of the characteristics associated with the ?modern world? became established facts of life in much of Europe. This course will introduce the main social, political, economic, and cultural forces that transformed European societies and led to an era of European domination of much of the globe. Topics include the Industrial Revolution, the French Revolution, nationalism and the unification of Italy and Germany, imperialism, the emergence of modern feminism, and socialism. Hours credit: 3.

HIST 104 - MODERN EUROPE, 1900 TO PRESENT

This course explores European political, social, cultural and economic history from the turn of the twentieth century to today. Students will examine topics such as the Great War and its aftermath, the rise of Communism and Nazism, the Second World War, the Holocaust, the Cold War, the collapse of the Soviet Bloc, the impact of history and memory on European society, and the problems and possibilities facing Europe today. Hours credit: 3.

HIST 123 - INTRODUCTION TO EAST ASIAN CIVILIZATION

A survey of the civilizations of China and Japan to 1600. Hours credit: 3.

HIST 137 - NORTH AMERICA ICE AGE TO NOW

Even before there was a United States, Americans wanted to be different, and longed to be special. But what did that entail? What would America mean, and stand for? What would being an American require? This survey of American history ponders the struggle-always passionate, sometimes bloody, and never complete-to answer those questions. Along the way we will learn about what is vital in America's past, what we should consider when we think about America, and what it all has to do with us. Hours credit: 3.

HIST 180 - ANCIENT HISTORY

Identical with CLAS 180. Hours credit: 3.

HIST 203 - MODERN GERMANY, 1789-1918

This course explores German political, social, economic, and cultural history from the French Revolution through the First World War. Students will examine topics such as the impact of the French Revolution on the German lands, the conservative reaction after the downfall of Napoleon, the revolutions of 1848, the establishment of the German Empire, the emergence of modern culture and mass politics, and the outbreak of the First World War. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor.

HIST 204 - MODERN GERMANY, 1918 TO THE PRESENT

This course explores German political, social, economic, and cultural history from the First World War to the present. Students will examine topics such as the impact of World War I, the Weimar Republic, the Third Reich, World War II, the Holocaust, the Cold War, the division and reunification of Germany, the impact of history and memory on German society, and the problems and possibilities facing Germany today. The course includes a required field trip to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor.

HIST 205 - BRITISH HISTORY FROM 1215 TO 1763

This course introduces students to the fundamental developments in British politics during this period including the decline of feudalism, the changing role of the monarch, the creation and evolution of Parliament, the Reformation, the origins and aftermath of the Civil War and the Glorious Revolution, and the beginnings of the British Empire. It also focuses considerable attention on social history, that is, the lives of ordinary men and women. Recommended for students applying to the World in Britain program at the University of Reading. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor.

HIST 206 - BRITISH HISTORY, 1763 TO THE PRESENT

This course will examine the rise of the first modern industrial society, its emergence as the world?s foremost ?superpower? and its decline from that status in the twentieth century. Topics include the evolution of parliamentary democracy, the birth of a class society, the culture of Victorianism, the impact of two world wars, and the efforts of workers, women, and Britain?s colonial subjects to transform the traditional hierarchies of state and society. Recommended for students applying to the World in Britain program at the University of Reading. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor.

HIST 212 - MODERN FRANCE, 1715 - 1969

This course explores modern French history from the death of Louis XIV to the end of the De Gaulle Presidency in 1969. Topics for study and discussion include the Enlightenment and the origins of the French Revolution, the revolutionary heritage in modern France, the evolution of democracy, the social consequences of industrialization, the Dreyfus Affair, French experience in the two world wars, the rise and fall of the French overseas empire, and the legacy of Gaullism. Hours Credit: 3. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor. Offered as needed.

HIST 221 - MODERN CHINA:REFORMS & REVOLUTIONS

An introductory survey of the history of modern China from 1800 to the present, with emphasis given to political, social, and economic developments. Roughly one-third of the course will focus on the rise of the Chinese Communist Party and post-1949 China. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor.

HIST 222 - MODERN JAPAN:RISE, DISASTER, & REBIRTH

An introductory survey of the history of Japan from the 1860s to the present. The course will treat political, social, and economic developments. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor.

HIST 226 - HISTORY OF THE MIDDLE EAST

A selective survey of Middle Eastern history from the time of Muhammad until the present. Primary emphasis is on the Islamic Middle East, although the course will also be concerned with the establishment of Israel. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor.

HIST 235 - AMER WOMEN'S HIST TO 1848

This course explores North American women?s history from precolonial American Indian cultures to the Seneca Falls woman?s rights convention of 1848. It focuses on women?s work, roles and status; their participation in the American Revolution and the Revolution?s impact on them; the development of the separate spheres ideology; the origins and significance of the early woman?s rights movement; and the effects of such variables as class, ethnicity, and region on women?s lives, images and self-images. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

HIST 236 - AMER WOMEN'S HIST SINCE 1848

This course surveys United States women?s history from the 1848 Seneca Falls woman?s rights convention to the present. It emphasizes connections between technology and women?s roles; changing images and self-images of women; the impact of war on women?s roles and lives; the woman suffrage movement; feminism?s resurgence after 1960; women?s increasing participation in the paid workplace, the military and elective politics; and the evolving debate over gender roles and the future of the family. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

HIST 240 - AMERICAN CIVIL WAR & RECONSTRUCTION

The Civil War was not something that happened to us; it was something we did to ourselves. In this course we explore why a rational, idealistic people slid into this fratricidal barbarism that killed one out of every fifty Americans. We think about slavery's impact and legacy. We ponder the concept of a "good war." We consider what the war and its aftermath solved, worsened, and bequeathed to us, undone. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor. Alternate years.

HIST 242 - THE HISTORY OF VIRGINIA

This course explores Virginia's crucial significance in the saga of America from pre-colonial Indian civilizations to the present, using Virginia as a laboratory in which to scrutinize central themes in American history: race, religion, democracy, violence, capitalism, and freedom. Hours credit: 3.0.

HIST 277 - RUSSIAN HISTORY 9TH TO 19TH CENTURY

This course explores Russian political, social, economic, and cultural history from the founding of Kievan Russian through the beginning of Nicholas II?s reign. Students will examine topics such as the impact of the Mongol invasion, the rise of Muscovy, the reigns of Ivan the Terrible, Peter the Great and Catherine the Great, the impact of the Napoleonic Wars, and developments in the Russian Empire as its leaders and people faced the changing, modernizing world of the nineteenth century. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor. Offered alternate years.

HIST 278 - RUSSIAN HISTORY FROM 1900 TO PRESENT

This course explores Russian political, social, economic, and cultural history from the turn of the twentieth century to today. Students will examine topics such as the Revolution of 1905, World War I, the Bolshevik Revolution, the reign of Joseph Stalin, World War II, the Cold War, the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the problems and possibilities facing Russia today. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor. Offered alternate years

HIST 290 - INDEPENDENT STUDY

HIST 301 - TOPICS IN MODERN EUROPEAN HISTORY

Concentrated reading and discussion on a specific theme or themes in modern European history. Topics will be selected in advance. Themes/topics will vary from year to year. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor.

HIST 306 - TOPICS BRITISH HIST

Concentrated reading and discussion on a specific theme or themes in British history. Topics will be selected in advance. Themes/topics will vary from year to year. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: HIST 102; 205; 206; or permission of the instructor. Offered alternate years.

HIST 307 - TOPICS IN ASIAN HISTORY

Concentrated reading and discussion on a specific theme or set of themes in Asian history. Topics will be selected in advance. Topics will vary from year to year. Hours Credit: 3. Prerequisites: sophomore standing or permission of the Instructor. Offered alternate years. May be repeated for credit when topic differs.

HIST 329 - SEMINAR EAST ASIAN WOMEN

Concentrated reading and discussion on women in Chinese and Japanese societies. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor. Offered alternate years.

HIST 335 - TOP:ERA OF AMER CIV WAR

A seminar on a topic in the history of the sectional conflict that culminated in the bloodiest and most socially revolutionary conflict in United States history. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit when topic differs from topic(s) previously taken.

HIST 337 - TOPICS IN N AMER SOCIAL&CULT HIST

A seminar on a topic in the social and cultural history of North America from the colonial period to the twentieth century. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisites: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit when topic differs. Offered second semester.

HIST 374 - THE WRITING OF HISTORY

This seminar on the craft of historical writing will encourage critical thinking and help acquaint students with research methods and opportunities. It uses primary documents, photographs, and artifacts in (mostly short) writing exercises that will sharpen students? investigative, analytical, and writing skills. Assigned topics will draw partly on regional history, using the Lynchburg area?s rich resources for focused primary research. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor. One time only.

HIST 390 - INDEPENDENT STUDY

HIST 489 - INDEPENDENT STUDY

HIST 490 - INDEPENDENT STUDY

HIST 493 - SEMINAR

A selective study of historiography, historical evidence, and historical methodology, evaluating various approaches to history by academic, popular, and public historians. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: permission of the Department.

HIST 494 - SENIOR PROJECT

Students will prepare an independent research paper or senior thesis on a topic of their choice, working under the supervision of a faculty member. The project is designed to develop skills in bibliography, in examination and use of evidence, and in the organization and writing of history. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: HIST 493 and permission of the Department.

HIST 497H - HONORS IN THE MAJOR

HIST 498H - HONORS IN THE MAJOR

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