Dec 15, 2019  
2019-2020 Academic Catalogue 
    
2019-2020 Academic Catalogue

Courses of Instruction


Course Numbering System. Each subject is identified by a symbol made up of two parts. The first part is an abbreviation denoting the general field of study. The second part is a number denoting the particular subject. The first digit indicates the year in which the course is usually taken and, therefore, the level of instruction.

Credit. The unit of academic credit used at the Virginia Military Institute is the semester hour. In general a semester hour represents one hour of classroom work (lecture or recitation) or one period (two or three hours) of laboratory or supervised research or field work per week during a single semester. Thus a course that meets for three class hours and one laboratory period each week during one semester usually carries credit for four semester hours.

In the following course descriptions the figures on the title lines indicate, in order, the class hours per week, the laboratory or field work hours per week, and the semester hours credit. For example, the figures “3—2—4” mean that the class meets three times a week for one-hour classroom sessions and has two hours of laboratory, supervised research, or field work each week, and that the course carries four semester hours of credit.

 

GERMAN

Department of Modern Languages and Cultures
Department Head: Colonel Sunnen

All cadets who enter with two or more entrance units in a modern foreign language are given placement tests and are placed in appropriate courses on the basis of the test results combined with their previous high school language coursework, and after consultation with the department head of modern languages.

A single year of a foreign language shall count toward meeting graduation requirements only when the cadet is studying a second language or is taking a language as an elective.

Cadets must demonstrate proficiency in ML 101 in order to be admitted into ML 102. They must, similarly, demonstrate proficiency in ML 102 before enrolling in ML 201, and in ML 201 before enrolling in ML 202/204. Proficiency in ML 202/204 is a prerequisite for admission to 300-level courses. Completion of two 300-level courses or their equivalent is expected before enrollment in any 400 -level course. Once a cadet has completed work at the 202/204 level, he/she may not return to the elementary level course for credit.

Cadets who present four years of a high school language or demonstrate native or near-native language abilities may not enroll at the elementary level of that language. Such students will have the choice of enrolling either in the first semester intermediate level of that language or in the first semester elementary course of a different language.

   •  GR 412 - German on Both Sides of the Iron Curtain
   •  GR 413 - Germany and the Military
   •  GR 420W - Advanced Conversation and Composition
   •  GR 421 - Immigration to and From Germany Since 1850
   •  GR 450 - Modern Language Capstone Course

HISTORY

Department of History
Department Head: Colonel Wilkinson

Requirements for a major in history are specified in History .

   •  HI 103 - World History I
   •  HI 104 - World History II
   •  HI 200 - Introduction to Historical Methods
   •  HI 205 - History of the United States I
   •  HI 205W - History of the United States I
   •  HI 206 - History of the United States II
   •  HI 210-299 - Special Courses
   •  HI 223 - Islam in North America and Western Europe
   •  HI 301 - Ancient Egypt
   •  HI 302 - Ancient Greece
   •  HI 303 - Ancient Rome
   •  HI 304 - The Medieval World
   •  HI 305 - Jacksonian America (M)
   •  HI 306 - Religion and Warfare in Nineteenth Century United States History
   •  HI 307 - English History I
   •  HI 308 - English History II
   •  HI 309 - History of the Holocaust
   •  HI 310X - War and Society in Modern China
   •  HI 311 - History of the Cold War
   •  HI 312 - Introduction to the History of Islam
   •  HI 313 - The United States, 1900-1945
   •  HI 314 - The United States Since 1945
   •  HI 315 - The History of Everyday Life
   •  HI 316 - Food and Hunger in History
   •  HI 317 - The Great Depression and the New Deal
   •  HI 318 - George C. Marshall and the American Century
   •  HI 319 - African American Experience
   •  HI 320 - The Progressive Era (M)
   •  HI 321 - The Old South
   •  HI 322 - The Civil War and Reconstruction
   •  HI 323 - History of the South From 1865
   •  HI 324 - American Foreign Relations to 1919
   •  HI 325 - American Foreign Relations Since 1919
   •  HI 326 - 19th Century South Africa: War, Cross and Gold
   •  HI 327 - India From the Age of the Harrapans to the Present Day
   •  HI 328 - British Imperialism
   •  HI 329 - War and Society in Twentieth Century United States History
   •  HI 330 - Topics in Ancient History
   •  HI 331 - Colonial America
   •  HI 332 - North American Indians
   •  HI 333 - History of the Middle East I
   •  HI 334 - History of the Middle East II
   •  HI 335 - The Vietnam War
   •  HI 346 - Modern Japan
   •  HI 347X - Africa in Pre-Modern Times, to 1850
   •  HI 348 - Africa in Modern Times, 1700 to Present
   •  HI 350 - French Revolution and Napoleon
   •  HI 355 - Grand Strategy in the Twentieth Century
   •  HI 358 - From Mongols to Manchus: Chinese Imperial History, 1206-1911
   •  HI 359 - China in the Communist Era (1949-Present)
   •  HI 361 - The Age of Blood and Iron. Europe, 1871-1918
   •  HI 365 - France and the French Empire 1815 to the Present
   •  HI 368 - Europe, 1919-1939
   •  HI 372 - Reading Course for Honors
   •  HI 373 - Colonial Latin America
   •  HI 374 - Modern Latin America
   •  HI 375 - Germany and Eastern Europe From Bismarck to Brandt
   •  HI 377 - Insurgency and Terrorism
   •  HI 378 - European Warfare, 1600-1871
   •  HI 379 - European Warfare Since 1871
   •  HI 380 - Europe in Renaissance and Reformation
   •  HI 382 - Modern Russian History
   •  HI 383 - Virginia History I
   •  HI 384 - Virginia History II
   •  HI 385 - U.S. Military History to 1919
   •  HI 386 - U.S. Military History Since 1919
   •  HI 387 - History of Air Power
   •  HI 388 - Modern Spain: Civil War and Colonial Conflict
   •  HI 390 - Sea Power From the Age of Sail to the Early Twentieth Century
   •  HI 391 - Sea Power in the 20th Century
   •  HI 392 - World War I
   •  HI 393 - World War II
   •  HI 400 - History Internship
   •  HI 401 - History and Culture of Ghana
   •  HI 460W - Capstone Experience
   •  HI 480 - Directed Study
   •  HI 481 - Special Seminar
   •  HI 490 - Special Seminar
   •  HI 491W - Thesis Course for Honors
   •  HI 492W - Thesis Course for Honors

HONORS PROGRAM

Coordinator: Colonel Robert McDonald
For information pertaining to the Institute Honors Program, please see Special Programs .

   •  HN 100 - Honors Forum
   •  HN 400 - Honors Thesis
   •  HN 401 - Project Research
   •  HNL Designation - Honors Seminar - Liberal Arts
   •  HNS Designation - Honors Seminar - Science/Engineering
   •  HNS 377W - Great Ideas in Mathematics
   •  HNS 381WX - Info: Past, Present & Future

INTERNATIONAL STUDIES AND POLITICAL SCIENCE

Department of International Studies and Political Science
Department Head: Colonel Foster

Requirements for a degree in international studies and political science are specified in International Studies and Political Science .

   •  EC 312 - Understanding International Finance Through the Lens of the European Union
   •  IS 201 - Introduction to International Studies and Political Science
   •  IS 210 - American Government
   •  IS 220 - International Politics
   •  IS 230 - Comparative Politics
   •  IS 301 - Techniques of Computer Analysis
   •  IS 302 - Special Topics in Asian Studies
   •  IS 303 - Special Topics in Asian Studies
 

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