Brian Owensby headshot

Brian P. Owensby

Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of History
Office location and address
Nau 382
1540 Jefferson Park Ave
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
B.A. Oberlin College, Economics, 1981
J.D. Univ. of Michigan Law School, 1984
Ph.D. Princeton University, History, 1994
HILA 1501: Introductory Seminar in Latin American History
Credits: 3
Intended for first- or second-year students, this course introduces the study of history. Seminars involve reading, discussing, and writing about different historical topics and periods, and emphasize the enhancement of critical and communication skills. Several seminars are offered each term. Not more than two Introductory Seminars may be counted toward the major history.
EGMT 1540: Ethical Engagement
Credits: 2
In this class students will learn to reflect upon and evaluate human conduct and character, consider the ethical components of individual and collective behaviors, and engage in the articulation of ethical questions and moral deliberation.
HIST 2001: Global History
Credits: 3
An introduction to Global History since 1492.
HIST 2002: The Modern World: Global History since 1760
Credits: 3
This is a survey course in modern world history. It covers a period in which the main historical questions about what happened, and why, more and more involve global circumstances, global beliefs about those conditions, and global structures to solve problems. This course can therefore be an essential foundation for other courses dwelling on particular regions or nations.
GSGS 2559: New Course in Global Studies
Credits: 1–6
This course provides the opportunity to offer new topics in Global Studies.
HILA 3559: New Course in Latin American History
Credits: 1–4
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject area of Latin American History.
HIST 4501: Major Seminar
Credits: 4
The major seminar is a small class (not more than 15 students) intended primarily but not exclusively for history majors who have completed two or more courses relevant to the topic of the seminar. The work of the seminar results primarily in the preparation of a substantial (ca. 25 pages in standard format) research paper. Some restrictions and prerequisites apply to enrollment. See a history advisor or the director of undergraduate studies.
HIST 4993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–3
In exceptional circumstances and with the permission of a faculty member any student may undertake a rigorous program of independent study designed to explore a subject not currently being taught or to expand upon regular offerings. Independent study projects may not be used to replace regularly scheduled classes. Enrollment is open to majors or non-majors.
EURS 5501: Topics in European Studies
Credits: 1–4
This course will offer critical perspectives on selected issues related to European Studies. Topics vary.
HIST 8999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For master's thesis, taken under the supervision of a thesis director.
HIST 9960: Readings in History
Credits: 3
This course is a graduate-level adaptation of an undergraduate course in history. The graduate-level adaption requires additional research, readings, or other academic work established by the instructor beyond the undergraduate syllabus.
HIST 9961: Supervised Reading and Tutorial
Credits: 3
Graduate study of the historiography of a particular topic or historical period, equivalent to a graduate-level colloquium course. Prerequisites: Approval of director of graduate studies or department chair.
HIST 9998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Doctoral Research
Credits: 3–12
For doctoral research, taken before a dissertation director has been selected.
HIST 9999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral dissertation, taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.