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19th-Century Studies Overview

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 foreign languages, music, philosophy, religious studies, and theatre will enable students to explore the period in a variety of ways and to enrich their understanding of the period. In the course of the 19th-Century Studies Minor students will develop a fundamental understanding of human experience during the period from at least three disciplinary perspectives; integrate concepts across program courses to improve understanding of core issues, ideas, events, and cultural artifacts of the period; understand how disciplines construct knowledge similarly and differently.

Learning objectives/outcomes
When students have completed the 19th-Century Studies Minor they will be able to:

  1. explain the influence of colonialism/imperialism, democracy, evangelicalism, evolution, industrialization, liberalism, nationalism, progressivism, socialism, and utopianism on life, politics, or art during the period;
  2. define and illustrate the development of important movements during the  19th-Century (romanticism, realism, impressionism, naturalism, and aestheticism);   
  3. compare and contrast how at least three disciplines construct and value knowledge using examples from 19th-Century life, art, and/or culture.

Program Contacts
Kate Zittlow Rogness