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Nineteenth-Century Studies

The 19th-Century Studies Minor is an interdisciplinary program designed to help students understand people, events, ideas, and cultural artifacts of the period from 1789-1914 (the long 19th-Century).

Students will take courses in an array of disciplines to synthesize an understanding of the 19th-Century and to determine larger patterns of meaning but also question how different disciplines construct and value knowledge.

Faculty in Anthropology; Art; English; History; Humanities; Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures; Music; Philosophy; Political Science; Religious Studies; and Theatre enable students to explore the period in a variety of ways and enrich their understanding of the period. Students develop a fundamental understanding of human experience during the period from at least three disciplinary perspectives. They also integrate concepts across program courses to improve understanding of core issues, ideas, events, and cultural artifacts of the period and understand how disciplines construct knowledge similarly and differently.

Students from a variety of majors complete this minor to gain an understanding of their own major. English majors are able to understand the background and context of the literature they are reading. Religious Studies and Philosophy majors are able to learn more knowledge about how different religions were viewed, grew and changed during this time period. History majors are able to learn about a particular time period more in depth and apply the knowledge to other history classes.

Department Facilities and Equipment

Nineteenth-Century Studies classes are usually in Wallace Hall. The college's centerpiece facility also houses the offices of the president and academic dean, general classrooms, grants office, the Trotter Computerized Classroom, a multimedia production lab, and faculty offices for history, government, classics, education and communication.

Learning Objectives

When students have completed the 19th-Century Studies Minor they are able to:

  • Explain the influence of colonialism/imperialism, democracy, evangelicalism, evolution, industrialization, liberalism, nationalism, progressivism, socialism, and utopianism on life, politics, or art during the period.

  • Define and illustrate the development of important movements during the 19th-Century (romanticism, realism, impressionism, naturalism, and aestheticism).

  • Compare and contrast how at least three disciplines construct and value knowledge using examples from 19th-Century life, art, and/or culture.

Recent Nineteenth-Century Studies Minor Graduates

Mary Grzenia ’12
ISACorps Representative
Illinois Student Assistance Commission

Hope Grebner ’11
Project Archivist (Modern Political Papers)
Indiana University Bloomington

Maki Carleen ’11
English Teacher
Harlem High School