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Courses for the History Major

The College offers a Bachelor of Arts with a major and minor in History. The courses introduce the student to history and the recorded progress of civilization. The instructional effort attempts to develop within the student the capacity for an honest and critical inquiry into the past. It also seeks to promote the highest development of Christian and democratic ideals and to encourage the proper application of them in society.

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History Major Advising Recommendations

 First Year 
HIS 1033-1043 or 2013/2023 6 SH
ENG 1013 & 1023 6 SH
MAT 1213 3 SH
COR 1012 2 SH
COM 1023/COR 2002 5 SH
Fine Arts 3 SH
COR 2001 1 SH
Social Science 3 SH
Total 29 SH
 Second Year
HIS 1033-1043 or 2013-2023 6 SH
Literature 3 SH
CST 1103 3 SH
Science 4 SH
Language-1st Year/Electives 6 SH
HIS 2603 3 SH
HIS Elective 3 SH
COR 2012 2 SH
Total 30 SH
 Third Year 
Language-2nd Year 6 SH
HIS Electives 15 SH
Minor Electives 9 SH
BUS 2513 3 SH
Total 33 SH
 Fourth Year
HIS Electives 12 SH
Minor Electives 11 SH
COR 3012 2 SH
HIS 4603 3 SH
Electives 6 SH
Total 34 SH

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Course Descriptions

HIS 1033 World Civilization I
A basic survey of world civilizations from earliest times to the 16th Century. It includes the political, philosophical, and cultural legacies of ancient American, Asian, African, and European civilizations, emphasizing both their independence and their interaction with one another. (Fall)

HIS 1043 World Civilization II
The modernization and expansion of world civilizations since 1500 including Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia. This course emphasizes the major social, political, and economic contributions of each. (Spring)

HIS 2013 United States History I
A dynamic survey of American history from European contact through the end of the Civil War. This course pays particular attention to the establishment of the United States, its political and social distinctives, and the contradictions that culminated in civil warfare and a “new birth of freedom.” (Fall)

HIS 2023 United States History II
A dynamic survey of American history from the end of the Civil War to the present. This course focuses on the reunification of north and south, western expansion, and the growth of national power through two world wars, closing with a reexamination of American distinctives in light of the American past. (Spring)

HIS 2603 History and Historians
This seminar introduces prospective majors and minors to the theory and practice of history. The first half examines historiography, the history of history, including the study of the past in light of Christian belief. The second half concerns methodology, the ways in which historians work, emphasizing practical application of the best practices of the profession. (Spring On Demand)

HIS 3073 Ancient History
An in-depth study of the ancient world, beginning with its roots in the pre-historic period and extending to A.D. 600. This course pays particular attention to Greek civilization and the Roman Republic and Empire. It also touches on the Near Eastern empires and ancient civilizations in Africa and Asia. Prerequisite: HIS 1033 or 1043 or 2013 or 2023 or Instructor’s Permission. (Fall Even Years)

HIS 3083 Medieval History
A detailed study of the history of the Western World, beginning with Constantine and extending to the beginnings of the Renaissance. Prerequisite: HIS 1033 or 1043 or 2013 or 2023 or Instructor’s Permission. (Spring Odd Years)

HIS 3093 The Renaissance and Reformation
The course begins with the decline of feudalism and the rise of the Renaissance. It entails a history of the major social ideas leading to 16th century Religious upheaval, the Protestant Reformation and its aftermath, ending with the Treaty of Westphalia. Also included are European exploration and the origins of capitalism and colonialism. Prerequisite: HIS 1033 or 1043 or 2013 or 2023 or Instructor’s Permission. (Fall Even Years)

HIS 3163 19th Century America
A detailed examination of the century which transformed the United States from a small confederation of agricultural states to a unified nation on the brink of world power. Coverage includes slavery, civil warfare, western expansion, industrialization; requirements include the examination and discussion of substantial books and a major writing assignment. Prerequisite: HIS 1033 or 1043 or 2013 or 2023 or Instructor’s Permission.

HIS 3193 History of Virginia
This study traces the history of the Old Dominion from 1607 to the present. Besides emphasizing Virginia’s role in the American Revolution and Civil War, it also examines the state’s contributions to American political thought and requires detailed reading and discussion of several state histories, biographies, and journal articles. Prerequisite: HIS 1033 or 1043 or 2013 or 2023 or Instructor’s Permission. (Fall)

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HIS 3501, 3502, 3503 Directed Study
A specialized course of study for qualified students, offered on demand. Prerequisite: JR/SR Standing.

HIS 4023 History of the Middle East
The course will examine the history and culture of the region, as well as explore fundamental challenges and contemporary developments facing the Middle East today. Prerequisite: 1033 or 1043 or 2013 or 2023 or Instructor’s Permission. (On Demand)

HIS 4063 20th Century America
This course examines the history of the United States during an era that witnessed two world wars, a global depression, massive social upheaval, and unprecedented prosperity. It requires careful reading and analysis of numerous major topical histories, regular class discussion, and a major writing assignment. Prerequisite: 1033 or 1043 or 2013 or 2023 or Instructor’s Permission. (Spring)

HIS 4073 Early Modern Europe, 1648-1815
Beginning with the scientific revolution of the 17th century, this course surveys European civilization and political developments including the English Civil War, the French Revolution and Napoleon. Prerequisite: 1033 or 1043 or 2013 or 2023 or Instructor’s Permission. (Fall Odd Years)

HIS 4083 Europe, 1815-Present
Tracing the effects of the Congress of Vienna and the political developments in Europe, the course includes the unification of Germany and Italy, causes and effects of World Wars I and II, and Europe since 1945. Prerequisite: HIS 1033 or 1043 or 2013 or 2023 or Instructor’s Permission. (Spring Even Years)

HIS 4123 Latin American History
A study of Latin American History including a review of Native American peoples, the effects of Spanish and Portuguese colonization, and the movements for independence, especially in Mexico. Prerequisite: HIS 1033 or 1043 or 2013 or 2023 or Instructor’s Permission. (On Demand)

HIS 4193 The Civil War
This course examines one of the pivotal events in U.S. history, the Civil War. In addition to dynamic lectures, colorful audio-visual presentations, and lively class discussions of period sources, it also features innovative immersion experiences designed to convey visceral impressions of the conflict. Parade-ground drill and battlefield maneuvers provide a taste of everyday soldiering, as does coffee and hardtack around the campfire at the closing discussion. The smell of burning powder and the recoil of muskets during the live fire exercise add further authenticity, likewise the end-of-the-semester field trip to Appomattox Courthouse. All take their justification from author Shelby Foote’s contention that “any understanding of this nation needs to be based—and I mean really based—on an understanding of the Civil War.” Prerequisite: HIS 1033, 1043, 2013, 2023, or Instructor’s Permission.

HIS 4201, 4202, 4203 Academic Internship
Students selected for this internship will assist course instructors through tutoring, showing videos, conducting study sessions, researching course materials, proctoring tests, grading objective sections of survey exams, and teaching at least one class in a survey course during the semester. The selected students participating in this internship will acquire some practical experience in higher education.

HIS 4501, 4502, 4503 Special Topics
A specialized course of study for qualified students, offered on demand. Prerequisite: JR/SR Standing. HIS 1033 or 1043 or 2013 or 2023 or Instructor’s Permission.

HIS 4603 Senior Seminar
A capstone course for history majors to be taken during the senior year. Students integrate themes from coursework, explore various historical authors and works, and complete a research project on an historical topic. (Spring on Demand)

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