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Guide to Undergraduate Registration: Spring 2019


  • 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 attached list or on the bulletin boards in Ryland Hall. Don’t wait until the last minute to consult your advisor.
  • Registration dates. The advising period begins October 22; registration, October 29.
  • Major/Minor requirements. For major and minor requirements, check the major/minor section of the History Department homepage. 
  • Senior graduation audits. Seniors who have applied for graduation should have received by now their auditing packets from the Registrar. Here are the next steps:

 Print out your GradTracker pages on BannerWeb.

  1. 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.
  2. Bring the GradTracker pages and audit form to the Chair, Professor Summers, for her signature. Alert her to any problems that couldn’t be solved in your advising session. If she is not in her office, leave the form in the bin on her door and email her at
  3. Return the form to the Registrar by November 16.
  • Troubleshooting. If you are not on the advising list, consult with Mrs. Govoruhk in Ryland 319. 
  • Internships. 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 Watts 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 & Leaves. Professor Seeley will be on leave Spring Semester. 
  • Visiting Professor. James Merrell, Lacy Maynard Salmon Professor of History at Vassar College. Professor Merrell is an early Americanist, with a particular interest in the Indian experience in colonial times. His first book, The Indians’ New World:  Catawbas and their Neighbors from European Contact through the Era of Removal won the Turner, Curti, and Bancroft prizes. His second book, Into the Woods:  Negotiators on the Pennsylvania Frontier also won the Bancroft, placing him in an elite group of five who have won it twice, and was a finalist for a Pulitzer. He will teach a course on Revolutionary America, 1820–1860.
  • Research Seminar. There will be one research seminar offered this semester. This seminar is open to both seniors and juniors. 
  • History 400- The United States in the Long 1960s. Professor Sackley
    This research seminar focuses on the United States during the “long 1960s” (1954–1973), one of the most turbulent and consequential eras in US and global history. Delving into recent scholarship on the period, students will be introduced to a range of approaches and methods, including political, cultural, gender, urban, digital, and diplomatic history. The seminar will visit local archives and emphasize the use of archival sources.
  • Course lists/descriptions. The following may be of help in planning your program:

If you are seeking to fill the major’s regional distribution requirement, a list of the spring History courses by category is on the History homepage.

Courses designated “Comparative and International” may be applied to any distribution category in the major (U.S.; Europe; Asia, Latin America, Middle East, or Africa). They will be marked HICI on Banner Web.

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

  • 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.