History Courses and the Core Curriculum (“Required Courses”)
Students starting their careers at Sewanee may choose from a varied and intellectually stimulating and challenging array of courses that, in fulfilling a General Education requirement, are designed with two aims in mind:
- to introduce entering students to the study of history at the college level, and
- to help them meet the expectations of the General Education curriculum (a.k.a. required courses) through the study of historical periods or areas of the world of particular interest to the individual student.
All 100-level History courses (“Making History” courses, which are described in detail here) and most 200-level courses can be taken to fulfill one or both of the two classes required for Learning Objective 4, which is titled “Exploring Past and Present: Perspectives on Societies and Cultures.” Please note that you may take as many 200-level classes as you wish, but you may not take more than two of the 100-level History classes.
New students are encouraged to consider their own interests and curiosity about the past in deciding whether to enroll in one of the “Making History” sections or in a 200-level class. Although the advising staff is happy to assist you in deciding, the route you pursue is up to you. The History Department recognizes that “one size does not fit all” students and that you bring diverse interests and curiosities with you when you come to college. We encourage you to choose a course that may build on interests you already have or – even better – that will allow you to explore unfamiliar periods or places or subjects. If you have any questions about the particular courses, please feel free to contact the individual instructor or the department chair, Woody Register, by email.
For additional information on Making History courses, use this link.
For more information on 200-level courses, use this link.
To summarize . . .
While all the 100-level and 200-level classes that fulfill the learning objective, “Studying Past and Present,” differ from each other, each is designed to enable students, by the end of one term,
- to understand historically significant events or processes;
- to analyze and use primary and secondary sources of historical knowledge (primary sources are documents and other materials dating from the period and place under consideration; secondary sources are the research and ideas about the past of scholars today);
- to develop a historical argument making use of those varieties of sources.