College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

History Class 1

Fall 2020 Updates

Welcome to Fall 2020 Semester

Curious about Graduate School? 

Thinking about applying to a humanities graduate program but don't know how to get started?  Just looking for some advice on the graduate school application process?  Not sure but want to know if graduate school in the Humanities is the right fit for you?  Join us Thursday, November 12 at 5:00 pm for a ZOOM Info session and workshop on how to make the most of your graduate school application and stand out from the crowd.  We will talk about the nuts and bolts of applying to graduate school as well as personal and professional considerations when deciding where to apply and why.  We will also field a question and answer session at the end of the workshop to address any specific questions you may have on applying to graduate school.

Dr. Fernando Calderón (History) will give a brief introduction on the History M.A. program here at UNI and the many exciting opportunities we have for graduate study on campus.  Dr. Cheryl Dong (History) will then give a brief overview of the state of M.A. and Ph.D. programs in the time of Covid-19.  She will also discuss important strategies of how to approach potential advisors, how to craft a statement of purpose, and how to stand out from the crowd in an increasingly competitive graduate school application process.

If interested, please register at the following Eventbrite link:  A recording of this session will also be made available on the Department of History website and Facebook page.

Dr. Cheryl X. Dong


Credit/No Credit reminder from Nicole Lehman, Associate Registrar / Office of the Registrar:
As the deadline to change from Graded to Credit/No Credit grading basis comes close, just a reminder of items 4 & 5 in the Credit/No Credit policy:

  • Ungraded credit may not be applied to work required for a major or minor except with the consent of the Head of the Department in which the course is offered.
  • No course taken on the "Credit/No Credit" option may be applied toward fulfilling a Liberal Arts Core requirement.

Students that have already requested Credit/No Credit that now wish to change back to Graded credit may still do so. An Academic Student Request would be needed to make that change.
The exception allowing credit/no credit applying to LAC and major/minor courses was only for the Spring 2020 term. It does not apply to subsequent semesters.
If you have any questions, please contact


Cordelia Martin


Dear UNI HIST students,

Good morning. Welcome to the start of Week 11 and the final month of the Fall 2020 semester. 

As you know, registration for Spring 2021 (and the winter classes) begins today. Please do take advantage of your assigned registration window, to ensure the best chance for your preferred spring schedule in terms of course selection. If you have questions about classes and haven't yet been in touch with your academic advisor, now is a great time to reach out. Registration Workshops are also available October 26th through October 30th.

Please continue to monitor the department's offerings in Course Search, as details about specific courses have changed since the schedule was first released on 10/12. In order to ensure student and faculty safety, a couple of delivery formats have been updated (a few upper division courses have moved from F2F to Hybrid, for example); we are honoring our commitment to your desire for as much F2F course contact with your History faculty and classmates as possible, within current campus space availability and health guidelines. Thanks for your understanding, as we work hard to prioritize your well-being and academic progress.

I've received emails from some of you about the new course you've seen listed in Course Search -- HIST 3159, Problems and Perspectives in Global History, T TH at 12:30, with Professor Holcombe. This is an exciting new department offering in comparative global history; Professor Holcombe will be focusing on the topic of nationalism and national identity in the Spring 2021 semester. The course is coded through the Registrar as fulfilling hours toward the department's NW history requirement, so you will make progress toward your degree with this new P&P course. 

Take care,
Dr. McNabb


Dear UNI HIST students,

I hope your semester is going well as we approach the final month of classes.

I write this morning to share an opportunity with you to recognize and support a History faculty member who has helped you achieve academic success this fall. As you know, faculty at UNI have been working hard to rise to the challenges posed by COVID in terms of teaching: learning new teaching methods, taking on additional training in educational technologies, and reconceptualizing their class experiences and curriculum.

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences has established a new "Dean's Faculty Commendations for Adaptive and Resilient Teaching" to applaud faculty efforts, and you can help make sure that your favorite History faculty members are recognized. If a professor has gone above and beyond the call for you, please consider taking just a few moments to nominate them here: 

Nominations are being accepted until Friday, October 30th.  

Take care,
Dr. McNabb


Dear UNI History students,

Greetings! I hope the 2020-2021 academic year is off to a good start for you. 

For those of you who don't know me, my name is Dr. Jen McNabb, and I serve as the head of the department. The History faculty and I are delighted to have you back in the classroom this fall, whether remotely or in person. We are eager to work with you; even though campus policies prohibit us from holding physical office hours in our faculty offices in Seerley Hall, we're happy to meet over Zoom, by phone, and in person in larger spaces. Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns we can address.

Restrictions on large gatherings on campus won't prevent us from hosting and co-hosting a number of lectures and events this fall, which will take place over Zoom to maintain social distancing. Please join us!


  • On September 15th at 7:00, Professor Lou Fenech will open UNI's annual Phi Alpha Theta Lectures Series with "CAB, NRC, RSS & BJP: The Alphabet Soup of Indian Authoritarianism." Register for the lecture (free) at for information on joining the lecture.
  • On September 22nd at 7:00, Professor Christina Wolbrecht (University of Notre Dame) will be presenting the 2020 Constitution Day Address, co-sponsored by the Departments of History and Political Science. Professor Wolbrecht's talk is "A Century of Votes for Women: American Elections Since Suffrage." Register for the lecture (free) at In addition to the Constitution Day lecture, Professor Wolbrecht has graciously agreed to speak with UNI History students on Thursday, September 24th at 6:30. Details on how to participate are forthcoming. Be sure to Like the UNI HIST facebook page for info on these and other upcoming department events.

Stay tuned for additional updates from the UNI History Club and Phi Alpha Theta, as they organize their programming for the fall. Exciting things are coming!

Finally, UNI HIST has partnered with the American Historical Association (AHA) to welcome you to the Fall 2020 semester and to congratulate you on the selection of a dynamic major that will position you for success beyond UNI. The AHA, the professional organization for historians, has prepared a series of videos by former undergraduate History majors who've gone on to educational and career success and who want to wish you well in your studies. I'd like to share two of them with you here, the first from attorney and Cook County (IL) Commissioner Bill Lowry, and the other from Laura McEnaney, Professor of History at Whittier College and Vice President of the AHA's Teaching Division:  (Lowry)  (McEnaney)

Have a safe, successful fall semester. If you need any assistance from me or from the History Office, expertly managed by our secretary Cori Martin, please don't hesitate to call or send a message ( We're ready to help!

Take care,
Dr. McNabb