Undergraduate Program

Course Offerings 

The History Department and College of Arts and Sciences offer a wide array of undergraduate courses on the Civil War, Southern history, and the 19th century.  These include:  HIUS 3071 The Coming of the American Civil War (Varon); HIUS 3072 The Civil War and Reconstruction (Janney); HIUS 4501 Gender History of the Civil War Era (Varon);  HIUS 4591 Civil War and Reconstruction (Janney);  HIUS 1501 Civil War in Myth and Memory (Janney); HIUS 3231 Rise and Fall of the Slave South (Varon); AMST 2753 Arts and Cultures of the Slave South (McInnis and Nelson); HIUS 3281 History of Virginia to 1865 (Gilliam); HIUS 3262 Witnessing Slavery: Interpreting Slave Testimony in U.S. History (Von Daacke); HIUS 3611 Gender and Sexuality in American to 1865 (Field).

Research Internships and Fellowships

Each summer, the Nau Center sponsors four paid summer internships—two at Civil War National Park Service sites, one at the Virginia Historical Society, and one working on our Albemarle USCT digital project—for UVA undergraduates, in conjunction with the Institute for Public History. Please see the Institute's website for more information. In 2018, we sponsored an additional fellowship at the Daughters of Zion Cemetery.

The Riley Fund fellowships provide support for students to work as research assistants for professors doing Civil War era projects.

Generous support from the Lockhart family provides funds for one undergraduate summer internship and one undergraduate fellowship during the academic year.

Support from the Sewell family allows the Center to have two undergraduate interns during the academic year and one in the summer. The Center awarded its first two Sewell Undergraduate Internships in the academic year 2016-2017 and its first summer internship in 2018. Interns typically work on the Center’s digital projects.

Our past and present Sewell Undergraduate Interns are:

Sarah Anderson, 2016-2017

Amelia Gilmer, 2016-2018

Joseph Wright, 2017-2018

Amelia Wald, Summer 2018, 2018-2019

Matthew Wallace, 2018-2019

Undergraduate Essay Prize

The Nau Center will sponsor an annual prize for the best undergraduate essay on a topic relating to 19th-century America and/or the American Civil War.