A reverence for place...
This fast-paced, in-depth and immersive course will offer a variety of approaches to studying the past, but the chief feature will be classes conducted "on site" at the abundant historic places in Virginia. Readings and classroom work at the College will set the stage for the site visits by providing essential background on the wider context of American development.
Instructors will use archaeology sites, surviving period structures, historic landscapes, battlefields, and a series of museums to guide students in a search for the American past. Students will chose from one of two courses:
HIST 217: From the Founding of Jamestown through the American Revolution begins where the old world societies of Europe and Africa collided with the new world society of Native Americans on the banks of the nearby James River early in the seventeenth century and follows the American saga for nearly two hundred years through the Revolutionary Era at the end of the eighteenth century.
HIST 218: From the American Revolution through the American Civil War picks up with the American victory at nearby Yorktown during the struggle for independence and continues the story through the fall of the Confederate capital at Richmond to Union forces in 1865.
View this slideshow from one of our recent Pre-College Summer Programs. You can catch glimpses of field trips to historic sites, travel by vans and ferries, life on campus, fun in the dorm, student friendships, instructors and RPAs, guest speakers, colonial dancing, archaeological digs, and other varied aspects of this unique and exciting program. Enjoy!