History Department

Winter Days and Nights at OxfordWinter Days and Nights at Oxford
Will Brantley '15
With the days getting ever shorter, Oxford seems to consciously fight off the gloom of the darkness of winter by a turning inwards to the people and activities that complement academic life. Although Oxford is structured on individual and personal learning, there is a tremendous emphasis on common conviviality and sports to provide an escape from the drudgery of studying and paper writing. Most students strike a healthy balance between school and social life that seems conspicuously absent at many American colleges. Full Story...

The Oxford ExperienceThe Oxford Experience
Will Brantley '15
As cliché as it sounds, it is truly difficult to adequately express my experience at Oxford these last few weeks. Before explaining my experience, I should perhaps explain the Oxford pedagogical system. There is no physical University of Oxford, but thirty-eight constituent colleges that make up the university.For example, I am a member of Worcester College. There are no tradition classes here at Oxford. Instead, one goes to periodic lectures that are pertinent to one's course of study; however, these lectures are neither compulsory nor always directly related to one's studies. They are simply a means to contextual or provide a basis for one's readings or studies. Having said this, I think it is important to point out that there is a tremendous amount of work done by Oxford students. Full Story...

Itself steeped in over 200 years of history, Hampden-Sydney College knows that the study of history is hallmark to the pursuit of self understanding and a liberal arts education. The History department offers a variety of courses in African-American, American, Asian, European, Latin American, and Middle Eastern history, as well as a required survey of Western Civilization. A history major is a good foundation for careers in teaching, law, and public affairs.

The requirements for a major in History are 33 hours in History courses, including 9 hours in United States history, History 101, 102, and one additional course in European history, and 6 hours in areas outside of Europe and the United States. History 499 and 6 elective hours compose the remainder of the major.
All 300- and 400-level courses are open only to juniors and seniors, or others with the consent of the instructor.