Department of History

Majors and Minors

Christopher Newport offers a major and minor in history, including coursework in U.S., European, Latin American, African, Middle Eastern and East Asian history.

Courses cover themes in ancient, medieval and modern eras, as well as public history, archaeology, social history, cultural history, gender history, and military history.

Students of history acquire skills in the analysis of texts, documents and artifacts, the tools and methods of research, collection and organization of information, and the critical evaluation of conflicting interpretations.

In addition, many of our courses enhance several minor programs, including American studies, medieval and Renaissance studies, digital humanities, and many more, as well as the Master of Arts in Teaching Program.

Sample Courses

This course provides an in-depth study abroad experience designed for both history majors and non-history majors. Traveling to such regions as Asia, Latin America and Europe (including France, Germany and England), students will study different cultures and people by visiting important cities, key historical sites and major museums. Required readings, lectures and writing assignments emphasize historical context in order to provide a richer understanding of the area(s) under study. Course trips will include such topics as “Egypt in the United Kingdom” and “America and Postwar Europe.”

A history of the ancient Greeks from the Mycenaean period through the death of Alexander the Great and the beginning of the Hellenistic age.

This course examines the history of gender and sexuality in the United States from the colonial period to the present. We will pay particular attention to how American understandings of gender and sexuality have been created and maintained through a variety of institutions, such as religion, law, science, medicine, language and popular culture. Key themes include family and community life; race, class, and citizenship; the role of the state; the medicalization of the body; the politics of reproduction; and activist responses.

This course takes as its focus what historians have termed “The Long Civil Rights Movement,” or the historical struggle for black freedom that very much continues today. We will take a long view of the civil rights movement by extending it from the Reconstruction era until the present day. In doing so, the course will emphasize the struggle for black freedom in Hampton Roads and will situate that story within the broader national narrative.

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