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Guide to Undergraduate Registration: Spring 2017

Getting started
Give thought to your schedule before meeting with your advisor. Since sabbaticals and the arrival of new faculty may have changed your assignment, check who your advisor is on the information bulletin board in Ryland Hall.  Don't wait until the last minute to sonsult your advisor.

Registration dates
The advising period begins October 17; registration, October 24.

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.

Senior graduation audits.  Seniors who have applied for graduation should have received by now their auditing packets from the Regisrar's Office.  Here are the next steps:

  1. Print out your GradTracker pages on BannerWeb.
  2. Bring those printed pages and your audit form to a meeting with your advisor.  There you will determine what requirements you still need to complete and what mistakes need to be corrected in GradTracker.
  3. Bring the GradTracker pages and audit form to the Chair,Professor West, for his signature. Alert him to any problems that couldn’t be solved in your advising session.  If he is not in his office, leave the form in the bin on his door.

Return the form to the Registrar by November 15.

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


Internships are available at the many libraries, museums, and historic sites in the Richmond area. See 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.

Honors Program.
Those interested in pursuing the Honors Program who have not yet applied should get in touch with Professor Brandenberger right away. Juniors need to enroll in the first two courses in the Honors sequence, Historiography and Thesis Prospectus, this spring.

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.

Sabbaticals. Professors Seeley and Watts will be on leave Spring Semester.

Visiting ProfessorEdward Larson, University Professor of History and Hugh and Hazel Darling Professor of Law, Pepperdine University, will be the visiting Douglas Southall Freeman Professor   His book, Summer for the God: The Scopes Trial and America’s Continuing Debate over Science and Religion won the Pulitzer Prize.  He will teach a course on the history of science, medicine, and technology in the Atlantic World.

New courses.  The following courses will be taught for the first time or by new instructors or have been reconfigured

History 220   Reagan’s America.  Professor Yellin.   An examination of the politics—closely associated with Ronald Reagan—that dominated the late twentieth century United States. The course will look at the formation of those politics after World War II, their elaboration during the 1980s, and their legacies for the decades that followed. Topics will include the rise and fall of the Great Society, the development of the modern Democratic and Republican parties, the Oil Crisis, second wave feminism, new conservatism, mass incarceration, AIDs, and welfare reform.

History 299-01   Modern Science, Technology, and Medicine in the Atlantic World. Professor Larson.  A survey of the rise in social, cultural, and economic impact of science, medicine, and technology in Europe and America from the “Scientific Revolution” of the 1600s through the current century.  Particular emphasis will be placed on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries as new technologies, medical breakthroughs, and scientific understanding of life and the universe became dominant forces in the Atlantic World.  Although the course will deal with scientific and medical concepts, no prior coursework in science is required.History 299-02   Nineteenth-Century Europe.  Professor Bischof. An exploration of the rising tides of industrial capitalism and humanitarianism, imperialism and anti-imperialism, nationalism and democracy in Europe between the French Revolution and the outbreak of the First World War.  Particular attention will be paid to how radical forms of democracy gave way quickly to authoritarian backlashes while uprisings in the empire reminded imperial powers of just how fragile their rule was.  

History 299-03   Cold War Europe.  Professor Brandenberger.  A survey of modern European history from the emergence of the Cold War through the fall of Communism (1946-1991). Along the way, it will address postwar reconstruction and the creation of ​state socialism in eastern Europe and Eurosocialism in western Europe. Particular attention is given to ideological competition, propaganda, consumer culture and mass entertainment.

  • Research Seminar.  There will be one research seminar offered this semester:

History 400     Nineteenth-Century U.S. Professor Kenzer. An examination, by way of individual research projects in primary sources, of the major social, economic, political, and cultural developments that shaped the United States in the nineteenth century.

You must clear your enrollment in this course with the instructor.

  • Course lists/descriptions. The following may be of help in planning your program:

A list of the spring History courses by category is on the History homepage at
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 Banner Web.

Descriptions of the spring semester History 199 offerings are on the History homepage at

Descriptions of established 200- and 300-level courses can be found on the History homepage at Just click on the title for the description

  • Related courses. History majors are always encouraged to take courses in such related disciplines as Religious Studies, English, Political Science, Anthropology, Philosophy, and Art History.