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.European Lives: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 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:TBA
Modern Iraq: 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 Requirement.
Revolutionary Europe: TBA War & Revolution in the Making of Modern China:TBA
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:TBA
European Revolutions: 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.
The Sixties: 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.