Report of the University College Department of History

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Report of the University College Department of History


Chairman Harry M. Ward submitted this report to President George Modlin on behalf of the Department of History at University College on April 26, 1971. Ward began by highlighting the current faculty specialties including different eras in American and European History, as well as a new professor from Virginia Commonwealth University, Dr. Greer, who specialized in Latin America. He hoped that they would get a faculty member with an Asian history speciality. A University College faculty member would be teaching Latin American history on the main campus, despite the reluctance of Richmond and Westhampton College Faculty to endorse the exchange of faculty between University College and the main campus. Faculty members were involved in extracurricular activities like the Richmond International Council, Steering Study Abroad Programs, and the Richmond Experiment in International Living. Ward then discussed the curricula which had been broadened to include new courses, particularly the Freedom of Dissent in American History, which attracted many adult students and a black student. They found that offering honors courses, break-out discussion groups, and incorporating films and field trips into classes helped with the students' motivation. He offered some recommendations for President Modlin to consider including: merging all three history departments and the allowances for going to professional meetings needed to be increased. Chairman Ward ended the letter by expressing his department's faith in the role of University College; they were providing a vital opportunity for the community, "late bloomers," and adult students and thus, should be supported and valued.



Report of the Department of History, University College, 1970-1971, 26 April,1971, RG 6.2.4 Box 16 Folder 16, University Archives, Virginia Baptist Historical Society.









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Ward, Harry M., “Report of the University College Department of History,” University of Richmond Race & Racism Project, accessed June 19, 2024,