Gettysburg Semester

The Gettysburg Semester is a semester-long immersion in Civil War Era Studies for visiting students from other campuses. Each fall participants in The Gettysburg Semester attend two seminars (CWES 421 and 425) taught by Professor Guelzo, take Gettysburg College courses on the Civil War era taught by faculty from various disciplines, attend numerous historic field trips and battlefield tours, and have the opportunity to work on independent projects or internships.

CWES Minor Core Courses CWES 205 Introduction to the Civil War Era CWES 400 Special Topics in the Civil War Era (capstone seminar for the CWES Minor) CWES Cross-Listed Courses Elective Courses (See appropriate departmental listings for descriptions of the following courses.)

FYS 191 First-Year Seminar: Uncle Tom's Army: Literary New England and the American Civil War ECON 211 American Economic History: The Nineteenth Century English 340B Inherit the War: The Civil War in the American Imagination English 340B American Gothic: Antebellum Literature History 244 American Military History History 344 Lincoln: A Life Lived, a Life Remembered History 346 Slavery, Rebellion, and Emancipation in the Atlantic World History 425 Senior Research Seminar: Gettysburg IDS 217 The American Civil War on Film 205 Introduction to the Civil War Era Interdisciplinary introduction to the Civil War era (roughly 1848-1877) in American history.

The basic history of the Civil War is introduced, with an emphasis on the fundamental causes of the war; the war years themselves, both at home and on the battlefield; and Reconstruction.

Assigned readings include a mix of primary sources and major interpretive monographs, plus a basic survey text. History majors may count CWES 205 as a major course.

337 Reconstruction and the Legacy of the Civil War Exploration of various aspects of Reconstruction, including political conflicts over how the defeated South would be treated, the struggle over civil rights for African Americans, an overview of Reconstruction historiography, the contested nature of Civil War memory, and the enduring legacy of this vital yet often overlooked period of our past. Prerequisite: CWES 205.

346 Women and the Civil War Examines the experience of women during the Civil War era.

Principal focus is to understand how gender, race, class, and region shaped the lives of mothers, wives, and daughters as they negotiated significant wartime transitions.

Students explore how women created and reacted to their shifting social, political, and cultural roles. For a comparative analysis, students study women outside the United States who labored during their countries' civil wars.

Arranged thematically and chronologically, the course surveys primary and secondary sources that highlight recent historiographical trends and theoretical frameworks.

350 The American Civil War in the West Examination of the Civil War in the West (the Appalachian Mountains to the Mississippi River). Topics include the actions of both Union and Confederate armies and navies, ethnic minorities, and technology (especially naval technology).

400 Special Topics in the Civil War Era Interdisciplinary seminar that addresses the social, political, and cultural history of the Civil War era. Seminar focus shifts on a revolving basis to feature society, politics, and culture through institutions, art, philosophy, political formation, and print culture. Serves as the capstone seminar for the CWES minor, but open to other students as well. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor, with preference given to minors in Civil War era studies.

421 Core Seminar: The American Civil War Seminar surveying the most influential historical interpretations of the Civil War.

Intensive reading includes interpretive work on Civil War era religion, slavery, gender identity, home-front issues, postwar adjustment, and soldier motivations. Students compile a weekly journal in response to the readings and complete an extended research project. Course content is fully integrated with CWES 425.

Serves as a core course for The Gettysburg Semester. Prerequisite: Instructor's permission.

Priority is given to students who are enrolled in The Gettysburg Semester, but Gettysburg College students are eligible to take this course if they meet the requirements.

425 Field Experience in Civil War Studies Seminar devoted to the military experience of the Civil War, with emphasis on the major Battles and battlefields of the eastern theater.

Students participate in a series of day-long field trips to Harpers Ferry, Manassas, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Washington, D.C. There are three formal tours of the Gettysburg battlefield and borough and a weekend trip to the Richmond/Petersburg battle sites. Students compile a weekly journal to comment on the battle sites and to respond to readings from an assigned list of significant battle narratives. Serves as a core course for The Gettysburg Semester. Prerequisite: Instructor's permission. Priority is given to students who are enrolled in The Gettysburg Semester, but Gettysburg College students are eligible to take this course if they meet the requirements.