George Washington Skipped Here

, Spencer Irvine, Leave a comment

If the father of our country saw some of the courses available at the university that bears his name, he might have never left Mount Vernon. Here are some of the classes on offer at George Washington University, a few of which actually purport to cover the time period the general spent on this earth:

  • Sexuality in U.S History  (3 Credit Hours)
    • Examination of the changing social organization and meaning of sexual practices and desires in American culture, with particular attention to the relationship between sexuality and gendered racial and class identities and politics. 
  • Women in the United States (3 Credit Hours)
    • Survey of women’s experience in U.S. history, the way gender has organized relations of power, and the impact of race, region, class, and ethnicity on women and on gender roles.
  • Anthropology of Gender: Cross-Cultural Perspectives (3 Credit Hours)
    • No description.
  • Power and Violence in the New World (3 Credit Hours)
    • The use of power, violence, and resistance in New World societies, examined through archaeological, ethnohistoric, and ethnographic data. Specific topic announced in the Schedule of Classes.
  • America Before 1764 (3 Credit Hours)
    • An examination of prehistory, colonization, and the shifting dynamics among European Americans, African Americans, and Native Americans before 1764.
  • Revolutionary America (3 Credit Hours)
    • An examination of the War of Independence and other events that reshaped life for Native Americans, African Americans, and European Americans in the era of the American Revolution; emphasis on a continental approach to the period.
  • George Washington and His World (3 Credit Hours)
    • George Washington’s life as soldier, politician, entrepreneur, slave holder, and national icon. Emphasis on the interpretation of original sources, including historical documents and the material culture of Washington’s Mount Vernon estate, with tours and lectures by curators and historians. Departmental permission is required for registration.



Spencer Irvine is a staff writer at Accuracy in Academia.
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