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Guide to Undergraduate Registration: Spring 2020

Getting started. Give thought to your schedule before meeting with your advisor. If you don’t know your History advisor please contact Mrs. GovoruhkDon’t wait until the last minute to consult your advisor.

Registration dates. The advising period begins October 21; registration, October 28.

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:

  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 Drell (Ryland 108) 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.
  4. Return the form to the Registrar by November 15.

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 Watts 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 Summers will be on leave Spring Semester. 

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

History 400- Becoming Citizens: Struggles for Rights in the U.S.  Professor Seeley.  This course will explore how individuals, groups, and communities fought for rights and citizenship in the United States across the long nineteenth century. Americans used the language of natural rights to explain the changes brought about by the American Revolution. Some scholars have argued that rights talk was inherently expansive—free African Americans, women, white men, Native Americans, and immigrants used it to critique political exclusion. But could rights contract, too? Does framing the nineteenth-century as a battle over rights and citizenship, inclusion and exclusion change how we see the early history of the U.S.? Our conversations will range over the nineteenth century, but students are welcome to write their research papers on other time periods.

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 at

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

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

 Descriptions on the spring semester of all other History offerings can be located at

 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.