Jul 21, 2018
Professors: Aldridge, Barnes, Berkey (Chair), Dietz, Guasco, Krentz, Mangan, McMillen, Wertheimer
Associate Professors: Pegelow Kaplan, Tilburg
Assistant Professors: Kabala, Waheed, Wiemers
Cultural Diversity Requirement
HIS 162, 163, 168, 169, 171, 175, 176, 183, 184, 218, 264, 267, 273, 283, 302, 303, 335, 350, 357, 359, 363, 364, 365, 366, 368, 369, 375, 380, 382, 383, 386, 388, 451, 464, 465, 466, 469,472, 473, 474, and 475 are options for fulfilling the cultural diversity requirement.
Advanced Placement Credit
Students normally receive credit for HIS 122 and/or 141 or 142 when they have earned a score of 5 on the College Board’s Advanced Placement Examination in European and/or American History. Students normally receive credit for a 100-level course, as appropriate, when they have earned a score of 6 or 7 on the Higher Level Examination in History of the International Baccalaureate Program. No more than two such courses may count toward the major.
Eleven courses in history above 101, including:
- At least three, but no more than four, 100-level courses above 101, normally to be completed by the end of the second year, divided among at least three of the following areas:
- Pre-Modern Europe (CLA 111, HIS 112, 119, HUM 150-151)
- Modern Europe (120, 121, 122, 125, HUM 250-251)
- United States (141, 142)
- Latin America, Africa, South Asia, Middle East, East Asia (162, 163, 168, 169, 171, 175, 176, 183, 184)
Note: Students who have completed the Humanities Program receive credit for one 100-level course in either a or b, but not both.
- One or two courses numbered between 200 and 296, to be taken at Davidson College. 200-level courses should normally be taken by the end of the second year, and must be taken by the end of the third year.
- Three to six courses between 297 and 479, at least one of which must be a topical seminar at the 400-level.
- HIS 480 (Senior Research Seminar), or HIS 488/489 (Kelley Honors Seminar).
Notes:(1) One regular course applied to the major must deal substantially with the pre-modern period (CLA 111, HIS 112-119, 162, 168, 175, 183, 215, 218, 275, 317, 321, 322, 366, CLA 377, HIS 383, 385, 388, 421, 422, 465, HUM I, or suitable transfer course).
(2) One regular course applied to the major must cover a topic outside Europe and the United States (162, 163, 168, 169, 171, 175, 176, 183, 184, 218, 264, 267, 273, 275, 283, 363, 364, 365, 366, 368, 375, 380, 382, 383, 385, 386, 387, 388, HIS 464, 465, 466, 469, 471, 472, 473, 474 or an approved course taken elsewhere).
Normally, at least seven of the courses used to satisfy the major are to be taken at Davidson.
(3) Students who study at another institution may, with the approval of the chair, receive up to two credits for a semester away from Davidson and up to three credits for a year. Under special circumstances, such as a rigorous year-long study-abroad program, the chair may approve a greater number of transfer credits..
(4) Davidson’s Cambridge Summer Program counts as one history credit at the 300-level.
Candidates for admission to the honors program in history must have an overall grade point average of 3.2 after the fall semester of the junior year. Honors candidates must write an honors thesis and defend it orally in HIS 488/489 (the Kelley Seminar) during the senior year. To qualify for honors at graduation, candidates must have earned an average of 3.5 or above in the major, an “A” or “A-” or “B+” on the thesis (HIS 489), and an overall average of 3.2 or above.
The Kendrick K. Kelley Program in Historical Studies represents a living memorial to Ken Kelley, Class of ‘63, an honors history graduate who was killed in 1968 while serving in Vietnam. The Kelley Program seeks to enrich the academic experience of students majoring in history and to encourage them to emulate Ken Kelley’s virtues and achievements.
The program has three components. First, junior history majors who have grade point averages of at least 3.2 are invited to apply to the Kelley Program. Those admitted enroll in a year-long Kelley Seminar (HIS 488/489) for seniors, which culminates in the writing of a thesis and an oral defense of the same. Travel funds enable Kelley Scholars to pursue research in distant libraries and archives. Second, the Kelley Lecture Series brings distinguished historians to the Davidson campus. Finally, the Kelley Award annually recognizes the senior history major who best exemplifies Ken Kelley’s personal qualities: superior academic performance, self-effacing leadership, and personal integrity.
100-level courses cover a broad sweep of history and cover a particular region, such as Modern Europe, American History to 1877, and Latin America to 1825. Most are open to all students except seniors; a few may admit seniors.
200-level courses teach skills in historical research and writing. They are limited to twenty students, and each one covers a fairly specific topic, such as Piracy in the Americas. 200-level courses are open to first-, second-, and third-year students. One is required of all history majors before the senior year.
300-level courses focus on particular topics, include more reading and writing than survey courses, and often require research papers. Typical courses are US Foreign Policy Since 1939 and Slavery and Africa. They are open to all but first-year students.
400-level courses are seminars that are limited to twelve students. They are discussion-based courses that require a major research paper. Examples include The French Revolution and African American Cultural History. They are open to juniors and seniors.
480 and the Kelley program, 488/489 are only open to senior History majors.
No history course has a prerequisite.
The department expects that all history courses below the 400 level will normally satisfy the Historical Thought distribution requirement.
- CLA 111 - The Ancient World
- DIG 340 - Gender and Technology
- HIS 112 - The Medieval Millennium: Europe, C. 500-1500
- HIS 119 - England to 1688
- HIS 120 - Britain since 1688
- HIS 121 - Early Modern Europe
- HIS 122 - Europe since 1789
- HIS 125 - History of Modern Russia, 1855-2000
- HIS 141 - American History to 1877
- HIS 142 - The United States since 1877
- HIS 162 - Latin America to 1825
- HIS 163 - Latin America, 1825 to Present
- HIS 168 - Africa to 1800
- HIS 169 - The Making of Modern Africa
- HIS 171 - Introduction to Modern South Asia
- HIS 175 - The Middle East, 610-1453: The Formation of Islam
- HIS 176 - The Middle East, 1453-Present: Islam in the Modern World
- HIS 183 - East Asian History 1200-1800
- HIS 184 - East Asian History, 1800-Present
- HIS 215 - Magic and Witchcraft in Pre-Modern Europe
- HIS 218 - Jihad and Crusade
- HIS 225 - Women and Work: Gender and Society in Britain, 1700-1918
- HIS 228 - The Modern Body: Gender, Sex, and Politics in France
- HIS 234 - Theory and Practice of Modern European History
- HIS 244 - Settlement of the American West, 1800-1900
- HIS 252 - The United States from 1900 to 1945
- HIS 253 - The United States since 1945
- HIS 255 - American Popular Culture
- HIS 262 - Piracy in the Americas
- HIS 264 - The Digital Mexican Revolution
- HIS 267 - Health and Society in Africa
- HIS 273 - Japan 1800-1965: The Making of Modern Japan
- HIS 275 - Drugs in East Asia
- CLA 277 - Rome vs. Carthage
- HIS 283 - Historiography of Modern China
- HIS 302 - African American History to 1877
- HIS 303 - African American Society & Culture since 1877
- HIS 307 - American Women, 1840 to the Present
- HIS 315 - Central Europe in the Middle Ages
- HIS 317 - The European Renaissance
- HIS 321 - The Explosion of Christendom: Europe in the 16th Century
- HIS 322 - The Age of Discovery, 1492-1700
- HIS 324 - Illicit Sexualities: Sex, Law, and Modernity = GSS 324
- HIS 325 - Britain from 1688 to 1832
- HIS 328 - Bohemian France; Art, Culture, and Society, 1789-1945
- HIS 230 - African Diasporas, German Encounters: Histories, Conflicts and Movements
- HIS 331 - History of Germany in Global Context, 1871-1990
- HIS 332 - European Metropolis, 1870-1914
- CLA 234 - Athenian Law
- HIS 335 - Comparative Genocide in the Twentieth Century
- HIS 336 - European Women and Gender, 1650-Present
- HIS 337 - Cultures and Technologies of Imperialism: Germany and Great Britain 1840-1945
- HIS 340 - Colonial America
- HIS 341 - The Era of the American Revolution
- HIS 343 - The Old South
- HIS 344 - The South since 1865
- HIS 346 - The Civil War and Reconstruction
- HIS 354 - United States Foreign Policy since 1939
- HIS 355 - American Legal History
- HIS 357 - The Civil Rights Movement in the United States
- HIS 358 - Civil Rights Wars, Civil Rights Warriors
- HIS 359 - Latinos in the United States
- HIS 363 - African Encounters with Development
- HIS 364 - Gender and History in Latin America
- HIS 365 - Environmental History
- HIS 366 - Slavery and Africa
- HIS 369 - Urban Africa
- HIS 372 - Egypt, From Soup to Nuts
- HIS 375 - Nationalism and Colonialism in the Modern Arab World
- HIS 378 - Gender and Sexuality in Modern South Asia
- HIS 379 - Islam in South Asia
- HIS 380 - Cultures across the India Ocean
- HIS 382 - Science and the Body II: Public Health in East Asia
- HIS 383 - Pre-Modern Japan
- HIS 385 - History of Imperial China, 900-1800
- HIS 386 - History of Modern China
- HIS 387 - Memory and Reconciliation in East Asia
- HIS 388 - War and Memory in East Asia, 1592-1598
- HIS 390 - Davidson Summer Program at Cambridge University
- HIS 391 - Writing Historical Fiction
- HIS 395 - Independent Study
- HIS 396 - Independent Study
- HIS 420 - The English Civil War
- HIS 422 - Gender in Early Modern Europe (C. 15th-18th Centuries)
- HIS 424 - The French Revolution
- HIS 426 - Victorian People
- HIS 427 - European Consumer Culture: 1750 to the Present
- HIS 433 - The Holocaust and Representation
- HIS 434 - The Global 1960s
- CLA 435 - Alexander the Great
- CLA 436 - The Roman Revolution
- CLA 437 - Roman Imperialism
- HIS 439 - Topics in Modern European History
- HIS 440 - Slavery in the Americas
- HIS 441 - Natives and Newcomers in Early America
- HIS 444 - Southern Women, or How to Explain Scarlett and Mammy
- HIS 446 - Presidents and First Ladies
- HIS 449 - Age of Revolution: The United States in the 1960s
- HIS 451 - African American Cultural History
- HIS 455 - Law and Society in American History
- HIS 459 - Topics in American History
- HIS 464 - Religion and Social Change in Latin America
- HIS 465 - Colonialism and Imagination in Early Latin America
- HIS 466 - Migrations and Immigration in Latin America
- HIS 467 - Family and Families in African History
- HIS 474 - History of Indian Cinema
- HIS 480 - Senior Research Seminar
- HIS 488 - Kelley Honors Seminar: Research and Thesis
- HIS 489 - Kelley Honors Seminar: Research and Thesis