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  • Fall 2012 advising
  • Joint advice session with the Watson School of Education for students considering teacher training.
  • upcoming speakers and department events



Welcome back to campus for Winter/Spring.


We are looking forward to a great semester; here are some updates on comings and goings.

  • We had a wonderful December graduation, saying good by to some strong history majors who we know will go on to great things. We hope they stay in touch about their accomplishments.
  • Our new team-taught colloquium class, “Readings in History,” being shared by Drs. Mehl, McCarthy, Fonvielle and Usilton. If you missed your chance to enroll in it this semester, there will be versions of it offered next year.
  • World War II returns as a team taught HST 377, shared by Drs. Spaulding, Fain, and Chen. Don’t miss this opportunity to get a truly international understanding of one of the great formative events in modern world history.
  • Dr. Mollenauer is pioneering a new course as an HST 292, dealing with an old them for her—magic and witchcraft! Should be…magical.

Some faculty changes for the spring:

Joining our faculty this spring is Dr. Nana Amponsah (African History, Ph. D. UT-Austin), who teaches African history and specializes in West Africa, women’s history, and the role of the colonial state in women’s reproductive lives. She is very much looking forward to meeting UNCW students and bringing her perspective to bear on history.

Dr. Bredbenner is beginning her term as the department’s new Undergraduate Coordinator. She brings her dedication to teaching and to serving students to bear on all of our shared curriculum and advising adventures.

Drs. Gordon and Pollard are on research leave for the Spring—we will miss their presence around the department and in the classroom, but they will return re-energized and with new ideas and research in hand, ready to share their findings with colleagues and students.


Ongoing Opportunities!

Independent study: If you have an idea for a project or paper you’d be interested in starting, expanding, or perfecting, contact a faculty member you know, or the undergraduate coordinator (Dr. Mollenauer). Independent studies (HST 491) are flexible, and offer great opportunities to demonstrate and strengthen your ability to take on challenges. Graduate programs and employers value these experiences.

Research Assistants: We have a few opportunities right now for interested students to assist faculty in their research projects. (HST 291) You can get credit, deepen your historical knowledge, learn more about how history is done by professionals, and gain valuable work experience, all at the same time. Contact the undergraduate coordinator or your advisor for details.

Honors and scholarships: Increase the value of your degree!--You may qualify to undertake a year-long honors project, if your GPA is at least 3.2. Six credits are extended (including credit for one seminar course) for faculty-directed work on a topic of your choosing. (HST 499) Check with your advisor or the undergraduate coordinator if you are interested. But applications for projects have to be in place by August 20, so move fast!

Advising Note: Note the catalogue for our new, updated, streamlined major. Some courses have been re-numbered as part of our curricular reforms. Don’t panic, you advisor can steer you through any questions you might have.


See Dr. Usilton if you are interested in the history club, which will be sponsoring some events later in the fall.

Have a great semester!

Dr. Townend

History Department Chair


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