New TNCC History Courses Explore Colonial Virginia and Native American Culture

Published: April 26, 2012

History enthusiasts with a penchant for studying pre-Revolutionary War Virginia and Native American history will enjoy two new courses being offered at Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) in fall the semester.

Life in Colonial Virginia (HIS 155) is open to anyone with a general interest in colonial Virginia and explores the politics, economics, customs and culture of that era and examines the slave plantation system. Taught by TNCC Adjunct History Professor Cassandra Farrell, the three-credit class meets Tuesdays from 7 – 9:45 p.m. at the Historic Triangle campus in Williamsburg. “This course adds depth to [Thomas Nelson’s] current curriculum on United States History. It is a thematic and topical survey of life in colonial Virginia from the earliest inhabitants and European settlements to the end of the Revolutionary era,” said Farrell.

Another new course, History of the American Indian (HIS 125), will also be available fall semester with classes meeting on the Hampton campus Mondays and Wednesdays from 2 –3:15 p.m. The three-credit course is open to anyone with a general interest in Native American history. Students with a Social Sciences background may be particularly interested, said TNCC Adjunct Professor Brian Croteau, course instructor.

Croteau said History of the American Indian Native American is a survey of Native American culture and interaction with European settlement and exploration from first contact to the present day.

“Emphasis is on the impact of interaction and conflict on culture and tribal continuity. The class provides a cross-cultural look at society, politics, religion, and culture of Native American peoples and their contributions to American culture,” he said.

Farrell and Croteau noted that the new courses are transferable to most public colleges and universities in Virginia for TNCC students as either a general education requirement or an elective within History/Social Sciences.

Students may register now for fall semester classes either online at or in person on TNCC campuses. Fall classes begin Monday, August 20.

Details about the new history courses and TNCC’s array of academic offerings are also available on the College’s website.


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