Department of History

History Department Faculty (Fall 2015). Not pictured: Drs. Nana Amponsah, Yixin Chen, Venkat Dhulipala, Chris Fonvielle, Eva Mehl, and Alan Watson.

Welcome History Majors!

As usual, the UNCW history department will be active place during the 2016-2017 academic year. We'll be offering many new classes, leading great public discussions, publishing new materials, and offering lots of opportunities for you to learn more about history.


Some interesting career news-the History department is the department in the College of Arts and Sciences (according to the last survey of recent graduates) with the HIGHEST PERCENTAGE of our former majors in graduate programs-these include programs in Law, International Relations, and Education as well as History programs. Nearly 40% of our graduates wind up in graduate school. We will have some opportunities this year for majors to learn more about graduate school options in many areas.

Faculty and Staff Updates

Pat Lee has now joined us in the front office. She'll take care of any questions you might have, so feel free stop in and say hello!

Dr. Lynn Mollenauer is the new Chair of the history department, succeeding Dr. Townend who spent several years of successfully navigating the department through many trials and tribulations.

Dr. Paul Townend has taken a new position at the university as Vice Chancellor and Dean of Undergraduate Studies. He will still work with students when he can but will not be teaching classes.

Dr. Venkat Dhulipala will be on leave during the fall 2016 and spring 2017 semesters.

Dr. Nana Amponsah will be on leave during the fall 2016 semester.

Dr. Lisa Pollard retired this summer. She will be missed but we wish her well on her future adventures!

Class Updates for Fall 2016 semester

Remember, we offer several classes each semester that have unique topics. Check out the list below to see what Spring 2016 has in store.

  • HST 290 satisfies Information Literacy, Explorations Beyond the Classroom:
    • HST 290—001 Civil Rights and Citizenship in the U. S.  (Bredbenner)
    • HST 290—002 Social Justice and Liberation Struggles (Harris)
    • HST 290-003 and 004 Fascism and Antifascism (Seidman)
  • HST 270 satisfies Living in a Global Society

    • HST 270-001 History of the Global Drug War (Maguire)
  • Classes of interest
    • HST 190 History Unlimited: A Short History of Nearly Everything (Crowe) - Co-taught with Professor Carolyn Robinson from Anthropology (and cross -listed as ANT 190), History 190 will explore the history of humanity from two perspectives, history and anthropology. We will look at how the physical development of our world shaped, and has continued to shape, the development of the human species, as well as analyze a number of key topics –migration, tools, food, race, and belief systems – that have had profound impacts on societies and cultures from their earliest moments in Africa to our modern world. This course satisfies University Studies II: Approaches and Perspectives/Living in a Global Society and University Studies V: Explorations Beyond the Classroom
    • HST 300 Warfare in the American Experience (McFarland) - Examination of the impact of war on the historical development of the United States from the colonial period to the present.  Includes the development of the unique American way of war and the role of the military in American society under the US Constitution.
    • HST 311 History of England to 1485 (Usilton)
    • HST 319 History of Spain (McCarthy)
    • HST 337 American Indian History After 1900 (LaVere)
    • HST 372 History of Modern Africa (Amponsah)
    • HST 385 Zionism and Israel (Tanny)
    • HST 396: Europe from the French Revolution to World War I (McCaffray) - For Europe the nineteenth century was a period of unprecedented peace, prosperity and progress.  But if everything was getting bigger and better, how do we explain the outbreak in 1914 of the most deadly war in history up to that time -- right in the heart of the world's most "civilized" place?
  • HST 400s satisfy Capstone Course and Writing Intensive requirements:

    • HST 408 Medieval Europe (Usilton)
    • HST 414/554 The Medical Marketplace in Early Modern Europe, 1400-1800 (Mollenauer) This seminar will  consider the ways in which medical knowledge was constructed, health and illness perceived, and diseases prevented and cured in early modern Europe.  Among other topics, we will consider understandings of the body and the environment, the impact of new discoveries on medical practice and theory, and the experiences of the patients who sought medical attention.  
    • HST 495 North Carolina in Global Trade (Spaulding)   As the centerpiece of the seminar, each student will write an analytical historical explanation for the growth of one of NC's *current* leading exports.
    • HST 495 Transoceanic Economic, Social and Cultural Exchanges in the Spanish Empire (Mehl)
    • HST 497 China since World War II (Chen)