Alumni Profile: George Thompson

g_thompsonClass of 1965.

I am a husband, father, grandfather, and clergy in the Western North Carolina Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. My companion in life's pilgrimage is my high school sweetheart, the former Patricia Harrill of Bostic, North Carolina. She is a delightful self-giving companion who shares my vision for ministry.  We have always worked in concert and in mutually supportive ways and have been married for the past 45 years.  We are parents of Stephanie Thompson Vannoy, who lives in Greensboro with her husband, Aaron, and their six-year-old son, Max. Stephanie is the Business Manager/Supervisor of the Regional Cancer Center for Moses Cone Health Center.

For approximately thirty-five years, I served as a pastor in towns and cities in the western half of my native state.  My passion is parish ministry.  I consider the role of the pastor to be the most exciting and fulfilling function in the life of the church.  I have served small churches, including a three-point charge in Union County with one congregation of twenty members.  I have served churches adjacent to schools of higher education--Wingate and Boone UMC.   I was a rural church pastor at Shady Grove, now one of the premier congregations in the Lexington District.  I have served large, urban churches like Christ UMC of Greensboro and Providence UMC in the city of Charlotte.  Each of these has provided a context for developing close relationships among the members and opportunities for serving Christ in a myriad of creative expressions.

g_thompson_2aI have a strong passion for preaching and teaching. As an incurable amateur historian, I tend to illustrate from readings from this background. I continue to read well-researched biographies and find them relevant to the task of ministry. Among my greatest blessings is the gift of a liberal arts education.  In 1965 I graduated from Pfeiffer College with a history major after studying under the influence of several inspiring scholars devoted to excellence in teaching. Roger Kusche and George Melton had a particular impact upon my life. In these most recent years I have served with gratitude on that institution's Board of Trustees and was privileged to hold the office of chair for a brief period.
I completed my formal theological education at Duke Divinity School where I gained a compelling interest in biblical studies, systematic theology, church history, and Christian ethics.  There I received the tools for pursuing a life-long pursuit of a faith seeking understanding.  Among those who molded my mind in those years are memorable scholars and practitioners of the faith like Mickey Efird, Robert Cushman, Moody Smith, W.D. Davies, Stuart Henry, Harmon Smith, and visiting professor Jurgen Moltmann.

g_thompson_3Currently I am the District Superintendent for the United Methodist churches of Charlotte, serving my eighth and final year in that office. The art of preaching remains a passion for me, but now it is my responsibility to hear the pastors of this district for the purpose of support and accountability. I work with our Bishop and his Cabinet of fifteen superintendents in assigning pastors to their pastoral charges. Each Sunday I try to hear at least two of the preachers in our district of over fifty churches.   Preaching is not merely delivering a sermon; it is delivering a life.  As I grow closer to my fellow clergy, I come to worship in order to experience God and to affirm these parish servants and friends.  I also am a mentor and coach to those who wish to receive the critique of a loving colleague.  For over a decade I was a contributing editor for Pulpit Digest and continue to learn from those who practice excellence in the communication of the gospel.

Some of my passions in ministry have found expression through opportunities afforded by the connectional church.  I was a member of the WNC Conference Board of Ordained Ministry (1984 - 1992) and served as its Vice Chair.  I was Chair of the WNC Conference Peace Committee (1980-84) and gave expression to my life-long focus upon matters related to the Middle East, lecturing in churches throughout the conference on various facets of this subject.  I directed the Third World Exchange Ministries (1976-1980) with focus upon exchanges in India and Kenya.  I have traveled, through the auspices of the church and mission teams to Mexico, Haiti, and Bolivia.  I have participated in spiritual life pilgrimages to the lands of the Bible including Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Greece and Turkey.  I have been to Germany for dialogue with theologians and pastors. I attended the World Methodist Conference in Singapore in 1991.

In each local church I have become intensely involved in programs of compassion and ministries with the poor.  Tuesday was my day as a volunteer at the Greensboro Urban Ministry.  In Waynesville I was chair of the community organization that ministered to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.  I have been an active Rotarian since 1987 and before that a member of Lion's and Kiwanis.
I confess to being a recovering workaholic.  In 2008 my life was spared by the exam of a wonderful general practitioner whose perceptive analysis led to my receiving quintuple heart bypass surgery. I attend cardiac rehabilitation exercise classes three morning per week and have been restored to a remarkable quality of health.

My hobbies are woven into my professional activities.  I am an amateur photographer and sports enthusiast, a fan of Duke basketball, Pfeiffer soccer, the Carolina Panthers and the Charlotte Bobcats.  In my spare time I read theology and biblical commentaries.  I dive into well written biographies and consider autobiography the purest form of fiction. I try to keep abreast of the most compelling political issues and never allow ignorance to stand in the way of my having a strong opinion.

I look forward to retirement in June of 2011 in order to experience the luxury of creative writing, historical research, and living with spontaneity in the context of a fabulous marital companion.

Grace and peace,
George Thompson

Alumni Profile: Danny Hunt

d_huntClass of 1991.

I am currently employed at South Davidson High School as a social studies teacher and coach. I have nineteen and half years of experience under my belt. For what is it worth, I have been the chair of the social studies department for five years. Hopefully, I can make it the remainder of the way to retirement. My coaching career is winding down, and I am mulling over whether or not to pursue a master's degree. I recognize the need to prepare for a career after teaching. But, keeping up with twin teenage daughters is a daunting task. Especially, one who plays travel softball from April to November. By the way, I have coached travel softball the past four years. Over the past summer, I had the pleasure of coaching a 14-U team that captured an AAU national championship bracket. I have even given thought about moving to the college softball ranks after retirement.  

The one concept that I took from the History and Political Science department is the need to bring the student into the lesson with lively discussion. History is stale without thought provoking questions and the discussion that follows. All of my assignments are geared toward the model we followed in your department. Read the material first and then prepare for questions and discussion. We were practicing literacy strategies before the term came into vogue. Needless to say, my lessons are much more focused and structured because of my clientele. But, the model remains the same.

I included my great aunt, Euna Kennedy, in my photo. She is 94 years old and a great source for one of my hobbies, family history. It is amazing how family history is shaped and molded by our nation's history. One of my projects is interviewing each of my father's brothers and sisters and recording their recollections for future generations. Maybe a book in the making? We will see.

History Curriculum

HISTORY

36 Semester Hours Minimum

Required Courses (18 SH)

HSTY 221 U.S. History to 1865 HSTY 233 Civilizations of Europe I

HSTY 222 U.S. History since 1865 HSTY 236 Civilizations of Europe II

HSTY 231 Civilizations of Asia HSTY 501 Research in History

or

HSTY 232 Civilizations of Africa and

the Middle East

or

HSTY 235 Civilizations of Latin America

Additional Courses (18 SH) must be selected from the offerings in History at 300-level

or above. At least one course from American history and at least one course from

European history. At least two courses at the 400 level.

History/109

Optional Courses (up to 6 SH) may be selected from the related courses listed below:

ECON 525 History of Economic Thought

ENGL 317 American Literature to 1865

ENGL 318 American Literature since 1865

ENGL 319 Topics Literature (with permission of advisor-depending on topic)

ENGL 325 British Literature I

ENGL 326 British Literature II

ENGL 330 Contemporary World Literature

ENGL 354 Myth and Literature of the Ancient World

ENGL 357 World Literature in Translation

PHIL 301 Founders of Ancient Philosophy

PHIL 302 Founders of Modern Philosophy

PLSC 305 Modern Warfare and Politics

PLSC 306 International Intelligence and Espionage

PLSC 401 Comparative Politics

PLSC 402 Modern Political Thought

PLSC 406 The American Presidency

NOTE: Foreign languages are highly recommended for those considering graduate study in History.

HISTORY MAJOR: SOCIAL STUDIES LICENSURE TRACK (101 SH (26 SH will satisfy General Education

requirements))

Required in History (21 SH)

HSTY 221 U.S. History to 1865 HSTY 233 Civilizations of Europe I

HSTY 222 U.S. History since 1865 HSTY 236 Civilizations of Europe II

HSTY 231 Civilizations of Asia HSTY 411 Current Events

or HSTY 501 Research in History

HSTY 232 Civilizations of Africa and

the Middle East

or

HSTY 235 Civilizations of Latin America

9 semester hours must be selected from the offerings in History. At least one course from American

history and at least one course from European history at 300 level or above. At least two courses at

the 400 level

6 semester hours must be selected from the following:

ENGL 317 American Literature to 1865

ENGL 318 American Literature since 1865

ENGL 319 Topics in Literature (with permission of advisor-depending on topic)

ENGL 327 British Literature I

ENGL 328 British Literature II

ENGL 330 Contemporary World Literature

ENGL 354 Myth and Literature of the Ancient World

ENGL 357 World Literature in Translation

PHIL 301 Founders of Ancient Philosophy

or

PHIL 302 Founders of Modern Philosophy

Required Social Studies Classes (27 SH):

CHEM 201 Science, Technology and Modern Society I

CHEM 202 Science, Technology and Modern Society II

ECON 221 Principles of Macroeconomics

ECON 222 Principles of Microeconomics

GEOG 202 World Regions

PLSC 201 American Politics

PSYC 221 General Psychology

SOCY 301 Introduction to Sociology

110/History

Education Courses for Secondary (9-12) Programs (38 SH):

EDUC 205 Introduction to Teaching

EDUC 306B Learner & Learning I - Secondary

EDUC 321 Problems & Research in Education

EDUC 322 Diversity in Education

EDUC 360 Technological Applications for Educators

EDUC 406B Learner & Learning II - Secondary

EDUC 500 Secondary Methods, or EDUC 500B

EDUC 500L Secondary Methods Laboratory

EDUC 503 Senior Seminar & Field Experience

EDUC 540 Student Teaching-Secondary

 

History - Degree Requirements/Courses Offered

Majors

HISTORY
36 Semester Hours Minimum
Required Courses (18 SH)
HSTY 221 U.S. History to 1865 HSTY 233 Civilizations of Europe I
HSTY 222 U.S. History since 1865 HSTY 236 Civilizations of Europe II
HSTY 231 Civilizations of Asia HSTY 501 Research in History
OR
HSTY 232 Civilizations of Africa and
the Middle East
OR
HSTY 235 Civilizations of Latin America

Additional Courses (18 SH) must be selected from the offerings in History at 300-level or above. At least one course from American history and at least one course from European history. At least two courses at the 400 level.

Optional Courses (up to 6 SH) may be selected from the related courses listed below:
ART 310 Art History Survey I (Pre-Hist 1500)
ART 410 Art History Survey II (1500-Present)
ECON 525 History of Economic Thought
ENGL 317 American Literature to 1865
ENGL 318 American Literature since 1865
ENGL 319 Topics Literature (with permission of advisor-depending on topic)
ENGL 325 British Literature I
ENGL 326 British Literature II
ENGL 330 Contemporary World Literature
ENGL 354 Myth and Literature of the Ancient World
ENGL 357 World Literature in Translation
MUSC 433 Music History I
MUSC 434 Music History II
PHIL 301 Founders of Ancient Philosophy
PLSC 305 Modern Warfare and Politics
PLSC 306 International Intelligence and Espionage
PLSC 401 Comparative Politics
PLSC 402 Modern Political Thought
PLSC 406 The American Presidency
RAPT 318 History of Christianity
NOTE: Foreign languages are highly recommended for those considering graduate study in History.
HISTORY MAJOR: SOCIAL STUDIES LICENSURE TRACK (101 SH (26 SH will satisfy General Education requirements))
Required in History (21 SH)
HSTY 221 U.S. History to 1865 HSTY 233 Civilizations of Europe I
HSTY 222 U.S. History since 1865 HSTY 236 Civilizations of Europe II
HSTY 231 Civilizations of Asia HSTY 411 Current Events
OR HSTY 501 Research in History
HSTY 232 Civilizations of Africa and
the Middle East
OR
HSTY 235 Civilizations of Latin America
9 semester hours must be selected from the offerings in History. At least one course from American history and at least one course from European history at 300 level  or above. At least two courses at the 400 level.
6 semester hours must be selected from the following:
ENGL 317 American Literature to 1865
ENGL 318 American Literature since 1865
ENGL 319 Topics in Literature (with permission of advisor-depending on topic)
ENGL 327 British Literature I
ENGL 328 British Literature II
ENGL 330 Contemporary World Literature
ENGL 354 Myth and Literature of the Ancient World
ENGL 357 World Literature in Translation
PHIL 301 Founders of Ancient Philosophy
Required Social Studies Classes (27 SH):
CHEM 201 Science, Technology and Modern Society I
CHEM 202 Science, Technology and Modern Society II
ECON 221 Principles of Macroeconomics
ECON 222 Principles of Microeconomics
GEOG 202 World Regions
PLSC 201 American Politics
PSYC 221 General Psychology
SOCY 301 Introduction to Sociology
Education Courses for Secondary (9-12) Programs (38 SH):
EDUC 205 Introduction to Teaching
EDUC 306B Learner & Learning I - Secondary
EDUC 321 Problems & Research in Education
EDUC 322 Diversity in Education
EDUC 360 Technological Applications for Educators
EDUC 406B Learner & Learning II - Secondary
EDUC 500 Secondary Methods, or EDUC 500B
EDUC 500L Secondary Methods Laboratory
EDUC 503 Senior Seminar & Field Experience
EDUC 540 Student Teaching-Secondary
Minor
HISTORY
27 Semester Hours Minimum
Same courses required for the Major with the exception of HSTY 501 Research in History I plus three additional history courses, 400 and above.

Courses Offered

HSTY 221 United States History to 1865 F 3 SH
Colonial foundations; national origins; constitutional development; territorial and economic expansion; cultural development; civil discord and war.
   
HSTY 222 United States History since 1865 S 3 SH
A continuation of HSTY 221 Reconstruction; industrial growth; the rise of progressivism; involvement in world affairs; changing social and economic patterns.
HSTY 231 Civilizations of Asia F 3 SH
The people, institutions, events, issues, and ideas which shaped Asia from the rise of civilization to the present. The course will focus on India, China and Japan.
HSTY 232 Civilizations of Africa and the Middle East S 3 SH
The people, institutions, events, issues, and ideas which shaped Africa and the Middle East from the rise of civilization to the present.
HSTY 233 Civilizations of Europe I F 3 SH
The people, institutions, events, issues, and ideas which shaped Europefrom the rise of civilization to 1789.
HSTY 235 Civilizations of Latin America F 3 SH
The people, institutions, events, issues, and ideas which shaped Latin America from the rise of civilization to the present
HSTY 236 Civilizations of Europe II S 3 SH
The people, institutions, events, issues, and ideas which shaped Europe from 1789 to the present.
HSTY 303 North Carolina History UD 3 SH
Social, political, and economic development from colonial times to the present. Prerequisite: Declared major or minor in History, Social Studies, or Education.
HSTY 311 Current Events: The Present in Perspective S 3 SH
Significant current events, issues, or movements such as the growth of Islamic fundamentalism, global terrorism, the Arab-Israeli conflict, economic crisis in the European Union, China's emergence as a world power, the Iranian nuclear program, and climate change are studied in their historical context. Events in the United States are covered, but the focus
of the course is international. A research/service project may be required.
HSTY 313 Ancient Greece and Rome F odd 3 SH
A political, social, cultural and economic survey of the Greek and Roman worlds.
HSTY 316 History of England since 1688 S odd 3 SH
Constitutional, political, social, cultural, and economic developments from the “Glorious Revolution” to the present.
HSTY 340 The Civil Rights Movement F odd 3 SH
An in-depth look at the modern Civil Rights Movement with a focus on the years 1954-1968. The course will consider not only the development of the major leaders and organizations that struggled against the Jim Crow system of the American South, but also the local people who supplied the "foot soldiers" of the movement. Attention will also be given to the precursors of the movement as well as the after effects that continue to the present.
HSTY 345 The American South S even 3 SH
A survey of the history of the southeastern United States from the pre-colonial period to the present. The course looks especially at two themes--the development of the South as a distinctive region in the United States and the level of influence (political, cultural, economic) the region has had on the country at large. Students will explore these issues through the interpretive lens of race, class, gender, and the environment.   
HSTY 390 Topics in History UD 3 SH
These one-semester reading, research and discussion courses will be offered at the discretion of the History program faculty or in response to popular demand by students.
HSTY 401 (WI) African-American History F even 3 SH
An examination of the African-American experience in the United States from 1619 to the present. Slave narratives, the writings of Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. DuBois, and other prominent African-Americans, and recent documentaries will bring to life the horrors of slavery and the struggle for equality. A research project is required.This is a writing intensive course. Prerequisites: HSTY 221 and 222 or permission of the instructor.
HSTY 405 (WI) Civil War and Reconstruction S odd 3 SH
The causes and consequences of the abortive “Southern War for Independence”; social, economic, and political developments in the disunited states during and after the war; problems of racial adjustment; constitutional and political change during Reconstruction. A research project is required. This is a writing intensive course. Prerequisites: HSTY 221 and 222 or permission of the instructor.
HSTY 408 (WI) Europe 1815-1914 F odd 3 SH
Interpretive survey of European history from the Congress of Vienna to the outbreak of WWI. Social, economic, and political transformation. Prerequisite: HSTY 236 or sophomore standing. A research project is required. This is a writing intensive course.
HSTY 409 (WI) Europe 1914-Present S even 3 SH
Interpretive survey of European History from World War I to the present. This is a writing intensive course. Prerequisite: HSTY 236 or sophomore standing (HSTY 222 recommended).
HSTY 419 (WI) The American Revolution and Early Republic S even 3 SH
A study of the causes of the American Revolution, the British North American colonies' War for Independence, the Confederation government, the drafting and implementation of the Constitution, the early presidencies of Washington, Adams, and Jefferson. While much of the course will explore the history of the "Great Men" of the early United States, attention will be given to the social history of this era--namely what has been termed the "unknown" history of the Revolution and Early Republic. The class will consider how the massive change wrought from 1763-1808 influenced the margins of American society. A research paper is required. This is a writing intensive course.
HSTY 423 (WI) The Vietnam Era S odd 3 SH
A close look at American society during the 1960's and early 1970's with special emphasis on the conduct and consequences of the Vietnam War. Historical readings will be augmented by novels and films. A research project is required. This is a writing intensive course. Prerequisite: HSTY 221 and 222 or permission of the instructor.
HSTY 427 Museum Internship UD 1-3 SH
Internship in conjunction with the Stanly County Historic Preservation Commission designed to give students practical experience in a museum setting. Interns will have the opportunity to learn techniques of research, collections management, and museum educa tion. Students should register for HSTY 427 for 1 semester hour of credit, HSTY 427A for 2 semester hours of credit, and 427B for 3 semester hours of credit. Prerequisite: HSTY 300 and permission of Department Chair in consultation with supervising faculty.
HSTY 428 Life in Medieval England F even 3 SH
An exploration of the ways people in all levels of Medieval English society lived and thought. Each student will be responsible for researching and discussing with the class the life of a particular kind of medieval person (i.e. noble, knight, lady, merchant, priest, nun, peasant, etc.) and for writing a fictionalized autobiography of his or her person. Prerequisite: HSTY 233 or permission of the instructor.
HSTY 430 (WI) Revolution in the Modern World F even 3 SH
A study in comparative history and in the concept of revolution. The course will deal with the French, Russian and Chinese revolutions as well as several more recent revolutions. A research project is required. This is a writing intensive course. Prerequisite: HSTY 221, 231, 232, or 233 or sophomore standing.
HSTY 490 (WI)
Topics in History UD 3 SH
These one-semester reading, research and discussion courses will be offered at the discretion of the History program faculty or in response to popular demand by students. They include such topical courses as: History of the American South, Immigration and Ethnicity, and Pre-Revolutionary America. Research projects are often required in these courses.
HSTY 501 (WI) Research in History F 3 SH
Students undertake an intensive course of study in a topic of special personal interest. Classroom exercises and discussions, oral presentations, peer evaluations, and extensive work with primary and secondary materials prepare students to write a prospectus for an article-length paper worthy of publication or presentation at an undergraduate conference. This is a writing intensive course. Prerequisite: Senior standing or permission from instructor.

 

 


History (HSTY)

The History curriculum provides a broad spectrum of courses covering all periods of history in all areas of the world. There are few specifically required courses in the History major and students have the opportunity to design majors (with the approval of the Department Chair) that best meet their own career goals or personal interests.

Graduates in History may continue their studies in graduate or law school or may choose to pursue careers in teaching, government, foreign service, journalism, archival work, or business.