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Spring 2021 Courses

This history page is created in order to give you details about the HIST 3000W, promote new courses, and list your capstone options for Spring 2020. Go to YES schedule of courses to see the complete selection of course titles and instructors, dates, and times.

You will need to meet with you adviser in person before your appointment window. Your adviser must release an electronic academic hold on your account before you can register. Please email your adviser for an appointment. You adviser is listed on your YES landing page.

Note: HIST 3000W is a prerequisite for your capstone course. 


HIST 3000W.01, The History Workshop: TBD. Instructor: Katherine Crawford
HIST 3000W.02, The History Workshop: The Carceral State. Instructor: Rhonda Y. Williams
HIST 3000W.03, The History Workshop: TBD. Instructor: Yoshikuni Igarashi

HIST 3000W.04, The History Workshop: TBD. Instructor: Marshall Eakin


Please check the "Eligible for History Majors" drop down menu on YES to see what courses in other programs count toward the history major.


Preview requirements for your major: Vanderbilt University Undergraduate Catalog 2019-2020






You must have completed HIST 3000W as a prerequisite to HIST 4960

 In order to enroll in a HIST 4960 course you must be a junior or senior history major who has completed HIST 3000W. 

You do not need to take a capstone in your area of concentration.



HIST 4960.xx World Government: The History of an Idea Since 1800. Instructor: Michael Bess
For centuries, political and philosophical thinkers have sought to imagine a system of laws and democratic governance for the entire planet.  If all peoples could be brought together under a single global legal framework, then war would potentially become a thing of the past.  The idea has been dismissed as a dangerous utopian fantasy by some, and hailed by others as an urgently necessary solution to the most intractable problems facing humankind.  Would it take shape as an Orwellian super-state, oppressive and intrusive, or more like the European Union – a federation that respects the subsidiary rights of lower levels of governance down to local regions and municipalities?  In this course we explore the history of this idea, surveying the obstacles and opponents it has encountered, and assessing its prospects in the century to come.  
HIST 4960.xx Race and Law. Instructor: Kimberly Welch
This course seeks to understand how law has intersected with race and influenced the making of racial groups and categories of difference in the United States and elsewhere. This course will examine how law worked in theory and on the ground to shape the historical and cultural production of racial hierarchies and the creation of racial identities.[3] (no AXLE credit)
HIST 4960.xx TBD. Instructor: David Blackbourn


Any questions about the undergraduate major may be directed to the History Department’s Director of Undergraduate Studies

Updated April, 2020