Academic Catalog

2018-2019 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Public History Concentration

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Degree Type Offered: Concentration

Consists of 12 credit hours distributed as follows:

HIST-321 Europe Since 1789

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Surveys developments in European history from the French Revolution to the present day. Major topics include the French Revolution and Napoleonic Europe, industrialization, the rise of new ideologies and systems of thought, the new Imperialism, the World Wars and the Holocaust, rise and fall of communism, and the place of Europe in the world in the early 21st century. Prerequisite: FILA-150 or FILA-350 FILA general education: world cultures Offered alternate years

HIST-355 Public History

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

An introduction to the practice, methods, and theories of applied history in the contexts of public history sites, oral history, and local history. Students will be introduced to best practices for museum and archive collection development, accessioning and deaccessioning artifacts, conducting oral history interviews, and responsible application of history skills to real-world problems. Students will: visit local museums, archives, and library special collections to see public history in action; participate in Storied Halls, which is an ongoing, collaborative student-faculty oral history research project; conduct a substantial original research project on local history through local archival repositories; and present their work as research papers, history talks, museum exhibits, and/or digital history displays. Offered alternate years

HIST-480 Internship

Credits: 3 Term Offered: All Terms

Provides an opportunity for a student to gain field experience in an area related to the student's concentration or career goals. Supervision of an intern is provided by an appropriate faculty member and by a staff member of the agency or business in which the student is an intern. A student who wishes to engage in an internship must consult with the appropriate faculty member at least eight weeks in advance of the start of the term in which the internship is to be completed. A description of the internship, signed by the student and the faculty sponsor, must be filed with the director of internships by the first day of the semester prior to the start of the internship. Approval of each application for an internship is made by the director of internships based upon policies and guidelines as approved by the Council on Education and the faculty. To be considered for an internship, a student must have junior or senior status and at least a 2.00 grade point average. Internships are graded on an S or U basis. A student may enroll in an internship program for 3 credits per semester, and internship credit may be earned in subsequent semesters subject to the limitations that no more than two internships may be pursued in any one agency or business and a maximum of 9 credits in internships may be applied toward graduation.

And one course from the following list:

ART-305X Museums and Galleries

Credits: 3 Term Offered: May Term

A critical study of the visual arts understood through the institutions we call museums and galleries. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350 FILA general education: experiential learning

ENG-220 American Folklife

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Explores the role played by traditional American culture, including music, narrative, medicine, vernacular architecture, and folk art and craft. Much of the course will concentrate on the folk culture of the Shenandoah Valley. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350 and ENG-110 FILA general education: world cultures Offered alternate years

ENVR-305 Natural Resource & Environmental Law

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

This course will provide an overview of federal and state laws that are aimed at the conservation of natural resources and/or protection of environmental quality. Major laws that will be covered include the National Environmental Protection Act, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act and others. Speakers from natural resource/environmental agencies such as the Va. Department of Environmental Quality, Va. Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and U.S. Forest Service will provide practical insights into the application and implementation of environmental policy. Alternate years: offered 2018-2019 Prerequisites: BIOL-100, 101 or 110

MUS-232 American Music

Credits: 3 Term Offered: May Term

American musical life from colonial times to the present. Samplings include music following both the European classical tradition (operatic, choral, symphonic, etc.) and America's popular tradition (ragtime, jazz, rock, etc.). Specific topics in the general areas are treated in detail by individual research. Corequisite: FILA-150 or FILA-350 FILA general education: fine arts and music

SOC-338 Introduction to Material Culture Studies

Credits: 3 Term Offered: May Term

Introduces students to techniques for examination of objects and artifacts through the study of important texts, hands-on experience, on-site visits to museums, buildings and cultural landscapes. Topics include vernacular architecture, cultural geography, popular design, technology, folk life and archaeology. Prerequisite: SOC-101