Victorian Studies

Coordinator: Beth Darlington (English); Advisers: Brian Lukacher (Art), Susan Brisman, Beth Darlington, Wendy Graham, Susan Zlotnick (English), Anthony Wohl (History), Michael Pisani (Music).

The interdepartmental program in Victorian Studies is designed to enable students to combine courses offered in several departments with independent work and, through an interdisciplinary approach, to examine the assumptions, ideas, ideals, institutions, society, and culture of nineteenth-century Britain, a complex society undergoing rapid transition at the height of global power.

Requirements for Concentration: 12 units, courses at all three levels of instruction (100-, 200-, and 300-level), at least 4 courses from the required category of courses, and at least 4 courses at the 300-level, one of which must be the senior thesis. The senior thesis is a long research paper, interdisciplinary in nature, and written under the direction and guidance of two faculty members from two departments. Three of the 12 units for the major may be taken from courses dealing with countries other than Britain (students should see the coordinator or any of the advisers for a list of such courses). Junior Year Abroad in Britain may be desirable for qualified students.

Course Offerings

Required Courses

At least 3 units from the following, in two disciplines, plus interdepartmental Victorian Studies 300, Senior Thesis:

English 248. The Age of Romanticism, 1789-1832 (1)

English 249. Victorian Literature: Culture and Anarchy (1)
English 250. Victorian Poets: Eminent, Decadent, and Obscure (1)

English 255. Nineteenth-Century English Novels (1)

English 351. Studies in Nineteenth-Century British Literature (1)

English 352, 353. Romantic Poets (1)

History 121a or b. Modern Europe, from the Fall of Napoleon (1)
to the Present

History 151b. English History: James I (1603) to the Present (1)

History 254a. Victorian England (1)

History 354b. Victorian London: A Test Case in Urban History (1)

History 387b. Studies in Victorian England: Prejudice and Policy (1)


Victorian Studies 300a. Senior Thesis (1 or 2)

Recommended Courses

Art 262a. The Art of the First Half of the (1)

Nineteenth Century

Art 263b. The Art of the Second Half of the (1)

Nineteenth Century

Art 272a. Architecture, 1800-1920 (1)

Art 362a. Seminar in Nineteenth-Century Art (1)

Economics 260a. The Economics of Imperialism (1)

Economics 370a. History of Economic Thought (1)

Education 297.04. Readings in the History of Education (1)

English 261. The Literary Revival in Ireland, 1885-1922 (1)

Music 236. Studies in Music of the Nineteenth/Twentieth (1)


Philosophy 205 Nineteenth Century Philosophy (1)

Supplemental (Non-British) Courses

For a list of over 30 courses, any three of which may count towards the major, see the coordinator or any of the advisers.