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Guide to Undergraduate Registration: Fall 2017

Getting started
Advising week begins March 20. Don’t wait until the last minute to consult your advisor and give thought to your schedule before the meeting. Since sabbaticals may have changed your assignment, check who your advisor is on the bulletin boards in Ryland Hall.

Registration dates
The first round of online registration will begin March 27.

Major/Minor requirements
For major and minor requirements, check the major/minor section of the History Department homepage.  

Please note that History 199 is required for the major: AP credit will not exempt you from that requirement. 

You also must take two courses at the 300 level.

Troubleshooting.  If you are not on the advising list, consult with Mrs. Govoruhk in Ryland 319. 

Course lists. A list of 2017-2018 History courses by category is on the History homepage:  Fall semester; Spring 2018 semester

The Spring Semester schedule is tentative and incomplete, thus subject to change.

Courses designated "Comparative and International" may be applied to any distribution category in the major (U.S., Europe, ALAMEA).  They will be marked HICI on BannerWeb.

Description of the fall semester History 199 offerings


Internships are available at the many libraries, museums, and historic sites in the Richmond area.  If you wish to do an internship, please consult with Professor Kenzer right away. Do not delay, as securing an internship involves applying to, and having an interview at, your chosen agency.

Directed study.  To qualify to take History 401 you must have completed five History courses. To register, you must secure agreement from a faculty member to direct your work; once you have that permission, Mrs. Govoruhk can open a slot for you on BannerWeb.

Sabbatical. Professor Meyer will be on leave for the semester.

Guest instructor.  U.S. Colonial History will be taught this fall by John Pagan of the law school.  Professor Pagan is author to the award-winning book, Anne Orthwood's Bastard: Sex and Law in Early Virginia.

New courses.  The following courses will be taught for the first time or by a new instructor or after a long pause: 

History 395   The Historian’s Workshop.  Professor Seeley (new instructor). An examination of the public spaces, forums, and digital worlds where historians preserve and construct history. Students will investigate the history and politics of archives, museum exhibitions, and digital history.  How do archivists select and organize the documents that preserve our past? How do historians and the public decide whose history is memorialized in historic sites, monuments, museum exhibits, or community oral history projects? Class work will include hands-on projects and site visits to local museums, archives, and UR’s Digital Scholarship Lab.

History 216  American Cultural and Intellectual History since 1865 (after a long pause). Professor Sackley.  A survey of American cultural debates since the Civil War, from Victorianism to the culture wars.  Topics will include visions of capitalism and the social order, race and pluralism, gender and sexuality, mass culture, environmentalism, and the role of science, intellectuals, and expertise in American life.

History 399   Feast and Famine: Food History (new course). Professor Watts. An exploration of the historical study of food and foodways in Europe, the Mediterranean and the Atlantic World from 1500 to 1800. The aim is to introduce students to seminal works and more recent examples of food history to see how the field has grown and evolved. What aspects of food and drink make them worthy of historical inquiry? To what extent is the scholarship on food and drink able to tackle larger historical problems? To change the way we conceive of history as a field? In addition to class readings and written and oral reports, students will be assigned to independent investigation of such topics as the history of chocolate, coffee, tea, and other New World foods and their adaptation in the European diet; the politics of the royal banquet and the invention of the restaurant; the question of supply and provisioning within and across the alimentary regimes of northern Europe (butter and red meat) and Mediterranean Europe (olive oil and fish); persistent dearth, occasional food riots and the French Revolution; rum, sugar and the Atlantic slave trade; ale, alewives, and modern breweries; diet and food therapy; communal feasts and fasts of the pious and the patriotic.

Research seminar.  The research seminar offered for this semester will be:

History 400.  Empires in Asia.  Professor Loo.  Recognizing that imperial power in Asia takes many different forms, this seminar asks participants to analyze how that power has functioned in Asia and what its effects on the region have been. Asia has made empires and is also a site in which empires have been made. By the fifteen century, Asia had already seen the rise and fall of the Sri Vijaya and Majapahit empires that stretched across Southeast Asia. The Chinese empire dominated social, political, economic, and intellectual life in the region well into the 20th century. Japan, a latecomer to the imperial game, created a pan-Asian empire in half a century. The vast mercantile, political, and religious empires of Britain, France, and the Netherlands in Asia lasted until the end of WWII, when they were replaced by new American power.

Please clear your enrollment in this seminar through Professor Loo.

One research seminar will also be offered in the spring.

Related courses. History majors are always encouraged to take courses in such related disciplines as Religious Studies, English, Political Science, Sociology, Philosophy, and Art History.  Historians also teach courses in such interdisciplinary programs as International and American Studies.  Be sure to scan the entire list of offerings on BannerWeb for interesting topics and your favorite teachers!

Thinking ahead.  The Douglas Southall Freeman Professor for the spring semester 2018 will be Richard Evans, Regius Professor of History, Emeritus, and President of Wolfson College, University of Cambridge. Sir Richard is widely considered the world’s greatest living historian of modern Germany.  Among his eighteen books are The Feminist Movement in Germany, 1894-1933; Death in Hamburg: Society and Politics in the Cholera Years, 1830-1910; Rituals of Retribution: Capital Punishment in Germany, 1700-1987; and his magisterial three-volume history of the Third Reich. He will teach a course on Nazi Germany.