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Guide to Undergraduate Registration:

Fall 2021

Welcome to History—whether you arrive as a major or minor, seek classes that fit with an interdisciplinary major, or simply want to learn interesting stuff, you are welcome in our courses. This guide is to orient you to our ever-changing offerings and opportunities. Look through, think, and ask questions of your advisor, or other historians. You will find unexpected opportunities here—new courses, new faculty, changing possibilities.

Getting started.  Advising week begins March 31.  Don’t wait until the last minute to consult your advisor.   Do think about your interests, requirements, and schedule before the meeting. Come in with questions, if you have them, and listen if your advisor alerts you to new class possibilities or concerns about how your plans fit together.

Registration dates. The first round of online registration will begin April 12.

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

  • For a history major:
    • 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.
    • At least seven courses need to be above the 100-level.  And you cannot import more than two units of coursework toward the major if studying abroad for a semester or less, or three if abroad for a full year.
    • Please note that you cannot double up credit by taking a senior seminar in the Classics Department and have it count as your History senior seminar.  You must take a senior seminar in the History Department.

  • For a history minor:
    • you may not count more than two courses at the 100 level toward your minor
    • at least three of your five History courses should be taken at the University of Richmond

Course lists. A list of 2021-2022 History courses by category is on the History homepage at and

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

 Descriptions of the fall semester History 199 offerings are at

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.

Directed study.  To qualify to take History 401 Directed Study, you must have completed five History courses. To register, you must secure agreement from a faculty member to direct your work in a specific program of study

Sabbaticals & Leaves. Professor Kahn will be on leave fall semester.  Professors Meyer, Sackley, and Yellin will be on leave for the academic year.  Professor Yanikdağ, TBD.

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

  • History 400-  Atlantic World. Professor Seeley.  This course will explore the Atlantic World and the migrations that connected Africa, Europe, and the Americas from the fifteenth century to the age of Atlantic revolutions. Touching down in multiple locations over time, we will examine how European colonization, the development of plantation commodities, the forced migration of enslaved people, and the extraction of natural resources spurred conflicts over land, labor, sovereignty, and trade. How did imperial conflicts and the movements, forced and free, of Africans, Europeans, and Indigenous people produce new worlds for all? Taking an Atlantic approach to this question means widening our frame of reference to treat the Atlantic itself as a zone of cross-cultural contact between Africans, Indigenous people, and Europeans. The first part of the course will introduce students to the major questions and texts that have defined the field of Atlantic History. The majority of this course will be devoted to crafting and executing a substantial research project examining some aspect of the Atlantic World before 1800.

  • 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.