From the Desk of the Undergraduate Advisor


Hi everyone!

Welcome back to the Fall 2019 semester! I hope that your semester is off to a strong start and that your courses are all going well.

I am filling in for Dr. Jackson this academic year as departmental mentor/adviser to our undergraduate students. While some of the advising information is new to me, I previously served as graduate adviser for six years, so that role was good preparation for my current role in helping our History majors be successful.

Even if you aren’t a graduating senior, please make sure that you check your degree audit via MyBGSU. If you have taken a topics course recently (such as HIST 4000), these will not automatically show up as fulfilling a major requirement on your audit. If you want a topics course to fulfill a specific requirement, please send an email and I’ll submit the substitution.

The department is co-sponsoring an event that might interest you. A best-selling author of books about American history and culture will speak at BGSU on Oct. 23. Sarah Vowell is author of Lafayette and the Somewhat United States, Assassination Vacation, and other non-fiction books that provide often-humorous essays on the connections between the American past and present. At 4 p.m., Vowell will lead a public conversation at the Bowen-Thompson Student Union Theater at BGSU with Christie Weininger, Hayes Presidential Museum executive director, followed by a question-and-answer session with the audience.

The History Department has a number of scholarships and awards that you can apply for. Here is a list of available departmental scholarships. If you would like to know more about a specific award you can email me or Dr. Casey Stark. The deadline for university scholarships is February 15, so make sure that you don’t miss it. All applications are online.

The Department also has two internal awards: the John Schwarz Essay Award and the Donna M. Nieman Award for Undergraduate Research Excellence in History. If you have produced a strong essay or research paper in any History course in the spring, summer or fall 2019, please consider submitting it. These award applications are due on March 1.

My office hours this semester are on Tuesdays/Thursdays 9:30 am-11:00 am, Wednesdays 10:00 am – noon, and by appointment. These are drop-in hours. If you’re free, just come by, no appointment necessary. If you’d like to meet with me at other times or on other days, please email me to find a time that works for both of us.

Don’t forget about the History Society. I hope that you all of you consider joining this student-driven organization and participate in its events. The current president is Jacob Branstiter  and he will be happy to keep you posted on the group’s events.

Dr. Brooks

Fall 2016

This Fall 2016 newsletter for history undergraduate students touches on timely issues such as registration for spring courses, internships, the history society meetings, professional development opportunities, and upcoming events.

Dr. Amílcar E. Challú

Williams Hall #25

Office hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 11:30-12:30. And by appointment at other times.


Spring courses

It is registration season again. The schedule of our classes is available online. We are offering sixteen upper-division courses covering American, Ancient, European, Latin American and global history. A few highlights:

  • The “Women in the Third Reich” course, HIST 4000, will not show up automatically in your degree audit; if you are taking this class, please drop me a line and I will create a substitution to count it toward the European history requirement or as an elective.
  • The HIST 4800 seminar will be on the topic “Science, Technology, and Medical Policy in Times of War,” and will be taught by Dr. Walter Grunden.
  • If you just completed GSW 1120, take HIST 3790 as soon as possible. HIST 3790 was retooled as a preparation to get the most benefit from the upper-division courses.

It is always good to be in touch with me with your plans and scheduling decisions. I will review your degree audit and give advice on graduating in a prompt manner. I also provide career advice, including reviewing cover letters and statements for jobs and graduate school applications.


We are making attempts to increase the visibility of history internships and to streamline the placement. We are convinced that history students gain important professional experience and unique ways to apply their research and communications skills, helping them edge closer to their career goals. Dr. Rebecca Mancuso is handling internships this academic years and has an array of opportunities available for majors and is available to meet with you to discuss your needs and interests.

Dr. Mancuso’s contact information:

Office: Williams Hall #22


Phone: 419-372-7424

Also in connection to internships, the Center for Archival Collections (CAC) let us know that they will be reviewing applications for spring internships during the month of November. Carter Historic Farm, a site managed by Wood County Parks, is also looking for interns and volunteers. If this is an area of interest, please finalize plans as soon as possible.

Professional development opportunities

  • University of Toledo History Colloquium, November 18. UT's chapter of Phi Alpha Theta will be hosting a colloquium for grads and undergrads to showcase their research. (Note: BGSU may offer funds to help assist to this event.)
  • The Phi Alpha Theta Biennial Convention will be held at the InterContinental Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana from January 3-7, 2018. The Intercontinental is ideally situated just two blocks from the historic French Quarter and a 10-minute walk to the National WWII Museum, where Phi Alpha Theta members will enjoy a special hands-on experience, as well as discounted admission tickets. Visit their website to learn more about this event and other regional events. (Note: BGSU may offer funds to help assist to this event.)
  • History Matters, Appalachian State University's Undergraduate Journal of Historical Research. History Matters offers students who are interested in history the unique opportunity to be published while still completing their undergraduate degrees. Created by a history student who felt that he had no outlet to publish his research, History Matters is dedicated to recognizing top student work in all historical fields and familiarizing students with the publishing process. Please feel free to visit our website at for more information and to access past issues. (Note: Contact a professor first before you submit the paper.)
  • The Department of History offers several opportunities for your professional development. History students are writing and editing blog posts in our blog, . You could also have an impact on our social media (twitter, facebook, instagram). And you can participate in meetings regarding curriculum issues with faculty and fellow students.

Contact Dr. Challú if you are interested in any of these opportunities.

History society

The History Society is meeting every Wednesday from 7:30 to 8:30 in the History small conference room, in Williams Hall 131. They organize events and have history-related entertainment. The organization is open to all students.

Mark your calendars

  • Saturday, October 15, noon to 1:30, at Williams #141: Come to our first History Roadshow. Guess the history behind some puzzling objects, take with us a historical walking tour through choice sites on campus, and see our wonderful rare books and archival collections. Open to all prospective students and families, organized by the faculty and staff of the History Department and Center for Archival Collections.” Free and open to the public.
  • The next pizza luncheon with history faculty is on Tuesday, October 18, 12:00-1:30. As usual, in Williams Hall #141.
  • Film: On October 20, at 7:00pm, “The Lost Embrace” (El Abrazo Partido, Argentina, 2004) will be screened in the BGSU Film Theater. Dr. Challú will give a presentation of this film, that provides a glimpse of everyday life in a Buenos Aires multiethnic neighborhoods. Free and open to the public.
  • University of Toledo History Colloquium, November 18. If there are several students interested we may explore the possibility of having a van.

February 2, 2016

Dear History students,

I hope you are having a good spring semester. As usual I have compiled a series of news items and some timely academic/career advising. Please do not hesitate to contact me by email ( or stopping by in my office hours (Tue-Wed-Thu 11-12). Wednesday is still the preferred time for scheduled meetings.

This is a packed email, so a table of contents is in order.

  • Awards and scholarships
  • Research opportunities
  • Internships and volunteering
  • History, law and advocacy
  • The librarian is in
  • Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference
  • Schedule of the History Society
  • Faculty-student luncheon
  • Social media

Awards and Scholarships

'Tis the season of scholarships. The department is receiving applications until Feb. 15. Most scholarships require an application. Please check our dedicated page at

Besides our own scholarships, search BGSU-wide scholarships here:

Research opportunities

The Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship supports your research projects with different grants. The deadline for spring grants is this Friday, while the deadline for the summer grant is March 2. History students have been funded in the past to carry out independent projects on oral history of the Great Depression, prehispanic codices in the Library of Congress, and world history using special collections of research libraries in the region. Others collaborated with the research of history faculty members and presented conclusions in conferences with them. If you are interested, check the CURS site ( and then talk with your favorite history professor to talk about your project or how you could become part of a faculty-led project. The information is available here:

Another good opportunity: The Stuart R. Givens Memorial Fellowship. Known as the "You Can Do Anything" scholarship,

it is awarded on a competitive basis to students who design exceptional learning projects that will allow them to pursue a passionate interest in a manner not otherwise possible through an academic program, regular summer job, enrichment program, or organized study abroad program. Two awards of up to $6,000 are available each year. Past fellows have traveled to places like New York, Colorado, Costa Rica, Vietnam, and France to complete their projects. Proposals include a narrative project plan and a related project budget. Proposal workshops are held in advance of the application deadline. Application deadline is February 22. For more information, click here:](

If you are proud of a research project that you concluded, consider submitting it to one of our history awards. We have awards for lower- and upper-division students.

Internships and opportunities for professional development

February and early March is an ideal time to arrange summer internships. Be bold. Historical centers, museums, government offices, businesses are looking for students who can bring in their skills and passion. As a history major or minor, you can contribute with your communication skills, ability to work with primary sources, cultural knowledge and in many other ways. Working with history students we contacted large museums and foundations in the Toledo, Cleveland and Detroit areas. They all love seeing applications from history students and announce positions in late February, typically under the employment section. (Granted, these opportunities are typically unpaid.)

Please make sure you review our website for additional information on internships and let me know if I can help you identify internship sponsors and opportunities. Here are a few opportunities I have heard of.

The other day I talked to the owner of the Bowling Green Beer Works, our local nanobrewery. He expressed interest in sponsoring an intern. They're primarily interested in students with a background in art or graphic design (there are a few history students minoring or double-majoring in arts). But you could also pitch a proposal about unearthing old beer recipes or helping with the communication strategy, or identifying historical artifacts that could help with the atmosphere of the place. It looks to me like a very good opportunity. Email Cody Noon at

On the volunteering front:

The Center for Archival Collections will host the Region 1 Ohio History Day on Saturday, March 5, 2016 in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union and Olscamp Hall. An affiliate of National History Day (, Ohio History Day is a statewide tradition that encourages students in grades 6 – 12 to engage with history. Each year, students create original projects that follow a theme intended to foster research and critical thinking skills. Separated into Junior and Senior divisions, the project categories include documentary, exhibit, paper, performance, and website.

Volunteers are needed to help judge contest entries and/or to assist with morning registration. The time commitment is no more than a few hours; volunteers should plan to be available from 8am – 2pm. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for all volunteers. To volunteer for morning registration only, or to obtain additional information, please contact Becky Denes at The deadline for volunteer registration is February 1, 2016. (But I bet you can get in if you contact ASAP -Dr. C.)

This is a paid teaching position opportunity:

Summer Teaching Positions Available: Teach Reading to Students of All Ages This Summer

The Institute of Reading Development is seeking candidates for summer 2015 teaching positions. We seek applicants with an undergraduate degree or higher from any discipline. We provide a paid training program and comprehensive on-going support. We invite you to submit an online application and learn more about teaching for the Institute at:

An organization called Green Corps is looking for recent graduates interested in environmental activism:

Green Corps runs a full year paid training program for college graduates that combines intensive class-room training with leaders in the environmental movement and field placement working on urgent environmental issues with organizations like the Sierra Club and Food & Water Watch. (Contact Amanda Becker,

For those interested in law, I just received this email from the University of Akron School of Law:

On Saturday April 9, 2016, The University of Akron School of Law will host its Seiberling Constitutional Law Undergraduate Moot Court Competition sponsored by the Center for Constitutional Law. Akron’s Center for Constitutional Law is one of only four resource centers established by Congress to promote education and research on constitutional law. You can find out more about the Center here:

  • We also offer a paid internship opportunity in our department as an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant. Visit our webpage for more information.

The Librarian Is In

Library professor Carol Singer is holding office hours in Williams Hall Rm 131 every Tuesday, 2:00-5:00. From our chair:

Carol Singer is available for consultations with students who need bibliographic aid, or help in finding primary documents for a class project or research paper. This is a wonderful opportunity, and I urge to take advantage of it, both for your own research and for your students. (You can also contact Carol Singer at


Call for Papers – Ohio Regional PAT Conference March 12, 2016

University of Dayton

Paper Proposal Submission Deadline: February 5, 2016

Full Papers submitted for award consideration deadline: February 24, 2016

Registration Deadline: March 4, 2016

If you are an undergraduate or graduate students and would like to present your research at the Ohio Regional Phi Alpha Theta conference, please send a one-page proposal (by e-mail to with the following information:

  • Your contact information (name, address, phone number, and email)
  • Your college/university and whether you are a graduate or undergraduate
  • Whether or not you are a PAT member
  • Please include a title for the paper and a brief (150 words max.) description

Paper presentations will be limited to 20 minutes, requiring papers to be approximately 10-12 pages (3000 words) maximum.

Registration: $30 Required Registration Fee per Participant. (If interested, please contact me and we will see if we can cover your registration and conference costs. Dr. C.)

History society

The History society meets every Tuesday at 6pm in Math Sciences 226. Here is the schedule for the semester:

February and March meetings: Themed History Nights

Mar 15- St. Patty's Day stuff

22- Invited talk (to be decided)

Mar 29-Apr 5 - Movie and Pizza

Apr 12- Trip; details coming up

19- Study Night

Follow them on twitter: @HistoryBgsu

Faculty-Student Pizza Luncheon

History faculty and students are loving these. The schedule for the rest of the semester is here:

  • Tue FEB 23, 12:00-1:30
  • Thu MAR 31, 12:00-1:30
  • Mon. APR 18, 12:00-1:30

Social media

Last but not least, we communicate news and build community via our blog, twitter feed and Facebook page. If you like us you will access special promotions. (Just kidding.) We're looking for volunteer writers in our blog, don't hesitate to contact me.

November 19, 2015

Here's my almost-monthly email with timely information about our program, opportunities and related events. A copy of this email will also be posted in the page, under the Undergraduate Program tab. You can always learn about our events and other activities via our facebook page, twitter feed, and blog (

Focus on careers: opportunities

Symposium: "Immigrant Ohio: Past, Present, Future"

This November 19 in the Student Union (Rm 228) there will be a conference commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1965 law on Immigration and Naturalization. The morning panel (9:30-10:45) is entirely dedicated to past-present connections. And in all panels there will be presentations of representatives of immigrant organizations as well as NGOs and government offices. This is an excellent opportunity to network and find opportunities to do an internship; and the program is truly excellent in its own merits. It's organized by Dr. Bhalla, historian and professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies.

Undergraduate research conference on diversity on Jan 13, 2016

This is an excellent opportunity to present your research in poster format, and learn what others are doing. Conferences are a key way to gain experience and exposure in public presentations and signal respect for your work. You may want to retool work you've done in classes  related to ethnicity, gender and social differentiation. Do not hesitate to contact me with any questions about strategies.

  • Inaugural Undergraduate Symposium on Diversity (USD) – Opportunities and Challenges for the Inclusion of Diversity in Higher Education and Society.
  • Where and when: Lenhart Grand Ballroom, Bowen-Thompson Student Union. Jan 13, 9:30-1:00pm
  • Deadline for proposals: Tuesday, November 24, 2015
  • Learn more about it here:

Event on Communities and the Law in Ohio, this Monday 11/16

An excellent opportunity not only to learn about the topic but to network and seek opportunities in NGO and government/law work:

    Communities taking on Corporations and the State of Ohio
  • Presenter: Attny Thomas Linzey
  • When/where: November 16, 6:30-8:00, BGSU, OLSCAMP HALL, Rm 117.
  • For more details on the Thomas Linzey tour visit:

Grad school

It's getting closer to grad school application season. If you are interested in applying to grad school and it'd would be of benefit to have an informal workshop on the process, please drop a line ( And, of course, you can always schedule an appointment to discuss options and strategies.

I have received information about graduate programs in history, digital humanities, and documentary studies. All programs are interested in recruiting History majors, showing the flexibility and potential of a history education.

Undergraduate Research

If you are interested in a research-related career, visit the webpage of the Center of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship to find out what they can do for you. (Spoiler alert: $$$ support.) Their webpage is:

Mark your calendars

History faculty-student encounters of the pizza type. The next one is on Thursday December 3, 2015, 12:00-1:30 PM. Pizza day is a smashing success. It not only fills growling stomachs but has created wonderful opportunities to build community among students and faculty. Suggestions for type of pizza and venues are always welcome.

The History Society holds regular meetings every Tuesday at 6PM in BA 1010. Follow their facebook/twitter accounts for regular updates.

Registration blues: our courses

Registration period is under way. I wanted I want to highlight two classes that have not been offered in a while:

  • Early-Modern Europe (HIST 4460, Tue-Thu @11:30-12:45). Dr. Kara Barr is our new instructor in the department and a specialist in early-modern France. She is also planning other offerings on early modern and 18th-century European history in the near future (French Revolution anyone?).
  • British History (HIST 4590, Mon. 6-9). Dr. Nicole Jackson will offer this course for the first time in more than ten years. Her work is on racial tensions and notions of citizenship in Great Britain and the US. Her course will delve in British history since the Glorious Revolution, with an emphasis on its imperial power and global connections.

Besides these (virtually new) courses, please note that HIST 4790 has now been renumbered HIST 3790. The change in number highlights that we see this course as a foundation for work in 4000-level history courses. As your advisor, I strongly recommend to take it as a sophomore or rising junior. Besides its regular schedule, we are offering this class in the second summer session.

We are glad to announce that Professor Christina Guenther will offer our popular course on the Holocaust and Anti-Semitism (HIST 4560) in the summer. Dr. Guenther is a highly-regarded specialist on memory in 20th-century Germany and professor in the German program.

I've been meeting a number of you about selecting courses for the next semester and planning your upcoming semesters. I strongly recommend to contact me at any point to clarify doubts about where you are at in the degree, classes to take, etc. 

October 16, 2015


Tuesday, Oct 20, 6PM: A meeting on careers for history students, organized by the History Society, at the Business Administration 1002. I’ll be there to answer questions and show some thoughts and information. The History Society meets regularly on Tuesdays at this time and place.

Tuesday Oct. 27, noon: Faculty-Student Pizza Lunch in our conference room (Williams 141). This event is open to history majors, minors and any student interested in history. Send us an email if you have a preference for a pizza vendor in town!

Monday, Nov. 2, 6pm: Public talk by Mexican historian Aurora Gómez-Galvarriato on the history of capitalism in Mexico from a worker’s perspective. Reception at 6pm in Williams 141, followed by public talk at 6:45 in BTSU 314. The perfect mix of Mexican economic history and tamales. Please drop a line ( if you plan to attend to plan accordingly.



We are happy to announce that Dave Harold, who is the Assistant Prosecutor for Wood County as well as a BGSU History MA alum, has agreed to teach our American Legal History course in Fall 2016. This will be a fantastic opportunity for all students, but specially for those interested in a law track.

History is an excellent preparation for law school. Not only we have an excellent placement record of history majors, but alums expressed that the research and writing training was essential to their success. Here are a couple of links that may be helpful in planning your application to law school, but I’m also more than happy to discuss strategies in person. Those strategies include building a portfolio, how to present your strengths, lining up recommendations, etc.

  • History student Mark Long shared this link: - “It had some nice LSAT example questions and seemed really up to date for the LSAT test. I thought it was nice that it was a wiki site. You may want to post a resource link to it.”

  • Where should I apply? The site is a fantastic, crowd-sourced resource to see the admission record of different schools based on LSAT scores and GPA are at. Applicants post not just scores and admission decisions, but quite often their scholarship offers. I use it extensively when I talk to applicants to law school.

History as a platform for your career plans

Our History program is an excellent platform to build your career. This Tuesday October 20 we will have a discussion in the History Society (see first section of this email), and in a few days the website will feature an updated Career tab in which we report where BSSU alums are working and how much History majors make in the job market. The secret sauce is to think about your career as a long term road of professional development. There are careers for history majors everywhere. To illustrate the point, a few days ago I received an email from the Graduate Coordinator of the OSU Knowlton School of Architecture, who is encouraging History students to look at their programs. She wrote:

I’ve found that most students don’t realize that they can pursue our disciplines without having prior background. Students often think of obvious and linear career paths, but you can certainly do a lot with history! Our architecture program is very rooted in the history and theory of the discipline and our landscape architecture program is increasingly adding more of that focus to their design-centered structure. In our Master of City and Regional Planning program, our students study the history of planning cities and regions in order to learn from past practices and inform new proposals to shape more sustainable, efficient, healthier, and equitable communities.


’Tis the season of registration. We have compiled a list of upper-division History classes offered next semester so you can see your options. For those who are majors, we indicate how they fit with your requirements. You can always set up an appointment to see me to plan your classes and discuss specific needs.

  • HIST 3600: Major personalities of the 20th century. Online (Brooks)
  • HIST 3100: Modern Latin America. Tue-Thu 9:30 (Challú)
  • HIST 3170: African Culture and Society. Tue-Thu 9:30 (Nwauwa)
  • HIST 3380: American Environmental History. Tue-Thu 1:00PM (Challú)
  • HIST 3770: 20th Century Europe. Tue-Thu 1:00PM (Forsyth)
  • HIST 3790: Historiography and Methods. Tue-Thu 4:00 PM (Challú-Herndon)
  • HIST 4010: Caesar And Christ. Mon-Wed-Fri 3:30 PM (Mladjov)
  • HIST 4090: Modern Japan. Mon-Wed-Fri 2:30 PM (Grunden)
  • HIST 4220: American Revolutionary Era. Tue-Thu 11:30 (Herndon)
  • HIST 4390: US & World: Cold War Era. Mon-Wed 4:30 (Greene)
  • HIST 4460: Europe 1450–1750. Tue-Thu 11:30 (Barr)
  • HIST 4540: European Foreign Relations since 1914. Tue-Thu 6:00 (Forsyth)
  • HIST 4590: Great Britain 1689-Preswnt. Mon-Wed 6:00 (Jackson)
  • HIST 4800: Research Seminar. Mon-Wed 6:00 (Mancuso)

Please notice that HIST 4790 is now HIST 3790. The course is essentially the same, but the change in number reflects that this course is intended to prepare you to the senior-level course work.


We’re always interested in learning more about other ways to reach all of you and whether we can add other relevant information in our communications. In the near future you will be able to locate these newsletters in the webpage.

September 2, 2015


The HIST faculty-student luncheon: back by popular demand!

We are continuing the faculty-student Pizza Luncheons. They are informal gatherings with no agenda or purpose other than cultivating our community and talking about history. They are free and open to all students in our program. Feel free to invite any friend who would enjoy it. In the fall semester we’re having luncheons always at noon on: 9/21, 10/27 and 12/3.

History Society

The History Society is getting organized this year. Follow them on their facebook page: . They are having meetings on Tuesdays at 6p in the Business Administration building. The HS is open to any student interested in History.


We regularly receive information about internships and other opportunities, the most relevant of which we post in our facebook page, as we receive them. Here are some highlights:

Hancock Historical Museum

The Hancock Historical Museum in Findlay is looking for interns in the following areas: Collections, Archives, Collections Management, Education, Events/Marketing.

We can forward an application packet or contact:

Ms. Joy L. Bennett Curator/Archivist, Hancock Historical Museum 422 West Sandusky Street Findlay, Ohio 45840 419.423.4433

Moseley Scholarship application available

The Edwin L. Moseley Scholarship was established to recognize students who have a high financial need who demonstrate academic achievement.

To be considered, you must be have completed at least 30 credit hours by the end of Spring 2015, and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. It requires two recommendations from two BGSU faculty members or administrators, and a record of active participation in the BGSU community. It requires a short, 500-word essay. Applications are due September 20. The form is available through this link.

Study Abroad

Interested in studying abroad? Check this updated list of scholarships at BGSU:

If you had a study abroad experience last year, you want to check the “Second Annual Undergraduate Embracing Global Engagement Conference”, October 7, 2015 at the BTSU, 9:30–2:00 pm. For further information, contact Dr. Cordula Mora, director of CURS at

Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (CURS)

BGSU’s Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (CURS) is accepting applications until 9/24 for their Fall Awards supporting undergraduate research. The award carries up to $500 for research-related expenses and $200 in financial support toward fees, tuition and textbooks. It is a wonderful experience. Check the CURS webpage: for more information, and contact me (or a history professor close to your area of interest) to find out more about how to submit an application.


Registration days are in early October. It is good advice to see your faculty advisor to plan your courses and check the progress towards your goals. Contact Tina Thomas ( to set up an advising appointment. For quick, walk-in consultations my office hours are Mondays 1–3, Wednesdays 10:30–11:30 and Thursdays 4–5.

Updated: 06/18/2020 12:58PM