Christa Dierksheide

Associate Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of History
Office location and address
1540 Jefferson Park Ave
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
INST 1550: Interdisciplinary Studies-Student Initiated Courses
Credits: 1–3
With sponsorship and supervision by a faculty member and approval of the Dean's Office, acting for the Committee on Educational Programs and the Curriculum, students may initiate a course in which they provide the instruction. The grade is determined by the faculty member. These courses count as "outside the College." Students in the College may offer no more than 3.0 credits for the B.A. or B.S. Consult the INST course web page at (copy and paste Web address into browser) for specific descriptions.
HIUS 2001: American History to 1865
Credits: 4
Studies the development of the colonies and their institutions, the Revolution, the formation and organization of the Republic, and the coming of the Civil War.
HIUS 3051: The Age of Jefferson and Jackson, 1789-1845
Credits: 3
Studies the history of the United States during the early national and middle periods, including political, constitutional, social and economic developments as well as the westward movement.
HIUS 3559: New Course in United States History
Credits: 3
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject area of United States history.
HIUS 3752: The History of Early American Law
Credits: 3
Studies the major developments in American law, politics, and society from the colonial settlements to the Civil War. Focuses on legal change, constitutional law, legislation, and the common law from 1776 to 1860.
HIUS 4501: Seminar in United States History
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 pp. in standard format) research paper. Some restrictions and prerequisites apply to enrollment. See a history advisor or the director of undergraduate studies.
HIST 5003: Public History: Museums, Monuments, Media
Credits: 3
How is history conveyed and consumed outside of the academy? How is the past presented and explained to various audience--at museums and historic sites and through movies, documentary films, radio, social media, and journalism? From historic house museums to African American preservation sites, this course blends theory and practice by providing an informed and engaging overview of the many aspects of public history.
HIST 5559: New Course in General History
Credits: 1–4
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject area of general history.
HIST 8999: Research in History
Credits: 1–12
For master's essay and other research carried out prior to advancement to candidacy, taken under the supervision of the student's adviser.
HIST 9961: Supervised Reading
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.