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Spring 2020 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
HIST 3000W.02, The History Workshop: Nature, Culture, Power 
HIST 3000W.03, The History Workshop: The Practice and Politics of History

HIST 3000W.04, The History Workshop: Politics, War and Art 


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


HIST 2255.01, Inventing the Modern Economy: Eighteenth-Century Europe
HIST 2660.01, The Birth of Modern Capitalism and Human Trafficking
HIST 2150.01, India and the Indian Ocean



HIST 2255. Inventing the Modern Economy: 


You must have completed HIST 3000W in order for a capstone course HIST 4960 to count as a capstone.


Note: 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 4960.01. Premodern Capitalism. Instructor
Areas of concentration: European, Open to all areas of concentration depending on the topic of your paper.
Description: The course examines the meaning of capitalism and its application to pre-modern societies. It explores competing theories of its “evolution” in a European context, most notably with regard to the so-called “transition” from medieval feudal society. The class considers how scholars have attempted to understand capitalism in terms of business and accounting methods, commercial relations and religious thought. It asks whether indeed capitalism-- and economic development more generally—may understood as evolutionary. The class covers approximately five hundred years of history, and treats western views in a global perspective. (no AXLE credit)


HIST 4960.03. The U.S. and the Cold War. Instructor
Areas of concentration: U.S., Open to all areas of concentration depending on the topic of your paper.
Description: This course is a research seminar on the Cold War, an era of history which begins with the end of World War II and the collapse of the Grand Alliance, the intense crises of the 1950s through the Cuban confrontation and Vietnam, and extends through the detente of the 1970s and the second Cold War of the early 1980s, concluding with the final collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.  We will discuss and read materials dealing with some of the central issues of the Cold War, as well as the key crises, as well as exploring the Cold War from the different perspectives of the major participants.  We will also consider the impact of the Cold War on American identity and culture, as well as the impact of American domestic politics on the Cold War.  The major emphasis of this course will be placed on developing a research topic and writing a research paper based upon the many primary sources available.(no AXLE credit)


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

Updated January, 2020