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Guide to Undergraduate Registration: Fall 2019

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 25. 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 1.

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, a different FSHT course or study abroad course cannot exempt you from that requirement.
  • At least seven courses need to be above the 100-level.
  • You may not 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. Note that most study abroad courses come in as 100 or 200 level courses. If studying abroad, communicate with your advisor and/or the History chair if concerned about whether courses will be applicable toward a History major or minor.
  • You also must take at least two courses at the 300-level. We try to offer two or three 300 level colloquia each term. These are recommended for sophomores, juniors and seniors. Keep an eye on the topics, and sign up for something that interests you.
  • For graduation with a History major, you will need to complete a History capstone experience. This must be done in the History department, whether through a History 400 seminar, an Honors Project or an approved alternative. Senior seminars taught by historians or others in Global Studies, American Studies and Classics meet the requirements of those programs, but not the History capstone requirement. Keep an eye on History 400 offerings. You may take a History 400 course in your Senior or Junior year.

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 must be taken at the University of Richmond

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

Course lists. A list of 2019-2020 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 first secure agreement from a History faculty member to direct your work in a specific program of study.

Research Leave.   Professors Bischof and Summers will be on leave for the semester.

New courses. The following courses will be taught for the first time:

  • History 399. Humanitarianism and Development.  Professor Sackley. Humanitarianism and development are today global initiatives involving billions of dollars in aid and elaborate international networks. They also have histories. This seminar examines how historians have studied the emergence of these concepts and categories in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries; how they became integral to the work of multilateral institutions (United Nations and its agencies), religious-based groups, and international philanthropy; and how they have shaped international and local contests over national identity, human rights, public health and science, race and gender, economics, and the environment.  The seminar will introduce students to the fields of international history, the history of philanthropy, and the history of the United States in a transnational context.
  • Research seminar.  The research seminar offered for this year will be:
    • History 400.  Encounters in the Americas.  Professor Meyer.  This course examines the various types of relations and contacts between peoples and states in the Western Hemisphere over the course of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.  It explores these encounters as possible sites and spaces of negotiations, contestations, and co-operations.   Such investigations can yield insights into nationalisms, statecraft, national identity, racial and ethnic identities, and gender dynamics.

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 Global Studies;  American Studies; Women Gender and Sexuality Studies; Healthcare Studies; Environmental Studies and more. These complement the ten courses that count toward your major, but do not substitute for them. Scan offerings on BannerWeb for interesting topics and teachers.  If you unsure ask your advisor for ideas.