• COURSE TITLE: U.S. and Virginia History
    This course encompasses the development of American ideals and institutions through the study of major events, eras and personalities of U.S. and Virginia history from the age of exploration to the modern era. Themes which should be emphasized throughout the course include: the diverse peoples and cultures who have made up and continue to make up American society; the economic, social and cultural transformation of the U.S. from pre-industrial colonies to a highly technological, post-industrial society; the evolution of democracy in the U.S.; and the nation’s changing global role. The historical development and basic principles of the Constitution of the United States and the fundamental concepts of the Declaration of Independence, the Virginia Declaration of Rights, and the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom are examined and related to everyday life.