College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

March 30th, 2020

Monday, March 30, 2020 - 8:00am

Dear HIST students,

Welcome to Week 12 of the Spring 2020 semester. I hope it's off to a good start for each of you.

I want to draw your attention to some important information posted at our Spring 2020 update page on Friday (March 27). Important adjustments have been made this semester to UNI's normal timeline and policies. 

The last day to drop a full semester course without an "F" will be May 8, and the last day to change a full semester course to or from non-graded basis will also be May 8. These both represent an extension of an earlier adjustment of April 9, so you'll now have additional time to finalize your decisions, if you need it.

*If you choose to drop a course, you will need to complete the Add/Drop Form and submit it by email to from your UNI email address. All forms received from personal (non-UNI) emails will not be accepted, so make sure to follow the instructions.

*I also want to clarify a couple of points on the credit/no-credit policy, since I've received questions from a few of you already. The regular limitation in place preventing the use of Credit/No Credit grading for classes counting toward majors, minors, and the LAC has been waived for all undergraduate courses for this spring. If you choose to change from graded to Credit/No Credit during Spring 2020, you can count those classes toward any program. Credit-only classes do not impact GPA calculations. A grade of C- is required to receive the credit. See this link for additional information and for the fillable form to submit, if you select this option: 

If you found it a challenge to get back to your coursework last week, please take the time this week to re-engage in the work of the semester. Email your professors or get on Blackboard to check in, if you haven't yet done so. Practice self-care by checking in with friends on FaceTime or having family Zoom sessions, but also make sure to create some structure for each day, with specific hours devoted to your courses, so that you set yourself up for academic success. Note: if you are facing particular challenges related to internet connectivity (WiFi or data) or technology, please contact me with a description of your situation at so that I can reach out to campus resources to seek some assistance.

I'll close with a couple of resources that might help fulfill some of your history needs, now that historic sites, societies, and museums are closed during our period of practicing physical distancing. Each provides links to a number of museums around the world that you can tour virtually online. If you've ever wanted to visit the Louvre in Paris or the National Gallery in London, here's your chance -- without ever leaving Iowa:  

Travel + Leisure: 12 Famous Museums and Galleries Offering Virtual Tours

Smithsonian Magazine: 10 Museums You Can Virtually Visit

As always, if you have questions or concerns, please do reach out. Best wishes for a successful week, and don't forget to get ready for your upcoming registration day.

Take care, and be well,

Dr. McNabb