If you are planning to pursue a minor in
Elementary Education or a Social Science endorsement
in Secondary Education
DO NOT enroll in HIST 100 or HIST 101.
The Virginia Department of Education requires all candidates for elementary teaching
endorsements and for social science secondary teaching endorsements to show proficiency
in the history of Western Civilization. You should complete the AOK requirement
by completing HIST 111 and HIST 112, which may be taken out of
sequence, and you will need those courses to graduate. Enrolling in HIST 100/101
will delay your progress.
Only secondary education minors who are seeking endorsements in biology,
chemistry, English, French, German, mathematics, and physics may use HIST 100-101.
If you are uncertain about which endorsement you will pursue, enroll in HIST 111-112.
History 100 Course Descriptions (AY 2014 - 2015)
African History and Civilization to 1885:
Focus on “Traditional Africa” or Africa from the dawn of humanoids to the Berlin
Conference of 1885. The course employs a continental perspective, an interdisciplinary
framework and a civilizational approach. This offering of HIST 100 fulfills the
"Non-Western" Cross-Area Requirement.
In early modern Europe, less than 15% of the population owned most of the property
and wealth. An even smaller percentage of people made most of the big decisions
regarding religion, politics, and society. Traditional political history reflects
this focus on "big men" and "big events" and depicts the rest of the people as merely
reacting to dictates passed down to them from on high. In this course we will explore
how most people lived their lives, how they were affected by actions taken at the
centers of power, and how they in turn had a profound impact on the way decisions
were ultimately manifested in everyday life.
Europe to 1789/1815:
This course is a survey of European history from the Medieval period to the end
of the French Revolutionary Age. It explores the development of the principal social,
economic, political, religious, and intellectual concepts that underlie today's
global society. Emphasis is on the development of European civilization and its
emerging world dominance.
Introduction to Traditional China:
History of Iraq since 1920, with an emphasis on the 1990s, the 2003 U.S. invasion,
and recent events. This offering of HIST 100 fulfills the "Non-Western" Cross-Area
War & Revolution in the Making of Modern China:
History 101 Course Descriptions (AY 2014 - 2015)
African History and Civilization After 1885:
Second half of course described above as History 100. The experience of the continent
of Africa under Imperialism, rise of nationalism and independence, Africa to the
present. This offering of HIST 101 fulfills the "Non-Western" Cross-Area Requirement.
The Age of Nationalism:
The centuries between 1600 and 2000 were punctuated by major revolutions in Western
Europe. Changes in the way men and women approached God, each other, their governments,
and work triggered social upheaval and war, as well as violent optimism and despair.
In this course, we will examine four major European revolutions: the English Civil
Wars/Revolution, the French Revolution, the Industrial Revolution, and the Russian
Revolution. Additionally we will study the so-called “Age of Revolutions.”
The Modern World since 1815:
This course analyzes the major developments of modern world history, beginning with
the ideological struggles in early-nineteenth-century Europe. Themes and topics
covered in this world history course include: late nineteenth-century imperial and
racial ideologies, rise of nationalism, roots and causes of the two World Wars,
industrialization, decolonization and "third world" nationalism, the Cold War and
its legacies, globalism, and the rise of terrorism.
Study of revolutionary changes in American life during the 1960s. Topics include
rock music, new art & cinema, campus unrest, interest in eastern religions,
civil rights & black power, emergence of feminism and environmentalism, as well
as the Vietnam war and the hippie counterculture.
Women and 20th-Century China:
Putting women at the center of our inquiry of Chinese culture and societies, this
course is designed to introduce students to major themes/topics in Chinese women’s
history: Confucianism and women’s positioning, family and marriage, gender discourse
and citizenship, women’s suffragist movement, women’s relationship with politics
and the state, colonialism and gender, mothers and social welfare, women in public
health, violence and women, and war and its gendered effects. Examining in historical
context the conflicts and coalitions between women and their surrounding environment,
the course aims more for depth than coverage.