Category Archives: History Major

Alumni Profile: Josh Scullin

Social and Historical Studies grad Josh Scullin is moving on to big things after receiving his degree in June. He recently accepted a position as the new Museum Manager for the Tacoma Historical Society, something he feels well prepared for thanks to his History major.  “I don’t doubt that my writing and analytical skills gained at UWT were instrumental to being offered the position,” says Josh. “Those same skills also earned me a place in the University of Washington’s Masters of Library and Information Science Program.”

Reflecting on his time at UW Tacoma, Josh will fondly remember his instructors’ willingness to be challenged by different ideas, as well as his favorite classes, the History Methods Research and Writing Seminar and History Capstone. “Having two full quarters to really dig into a personally significant research project while refining your writing and research skills in preparation of an academic presentation is an exceptionally rewarding way to culminate your time as an undergrad,” he says of the two part class.

Josh has this advice for other students: “…explore classes outside your concentration—you may be surprised at what you find interesting—and get to know your professors as building such relationships can be beneficial far beyond your four years as an undergrad.”

Congratulations to Josh on his new position! We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.

Graduate Honors and Dean’s List Recipients

The Social and Historical Studies (SHS) Division would like to recognize those students who received honors in the Spring 2015 Commencement program and those students who received Dean’s List recognition any quarter during the 2014-15 academic year. We are so proud of our graduates and Dean’s List recipients!

Only students who have authorized the release of Student Directory Information and whose grades were posted by April 30, 2015, are included on the Dean’s List.  


History Honors
Kaylyn Renee Brown
Jordan Woolston

Magna Cum Laude
Terra R. Curley, Ethnic, Gender, and Labor Studies
Ross Fairbrother, Ethnic, Gender, and Labor Studies
Wes McIntosh, Ethnic, Gender, and Labor Studies
Ashley A. Westerland, Ethnic, Gender, and Labor Studies
Andrew M. Wilson, History
Alana B. Zautner, Global Studies

Cum Laude
Kaylyn Renee Brown, History
Reese Cole Hentges, History
Michael John Maratas, Global Studies
Jordan Lee Woolston, History

Faculty Honors
Sean William Beireis, History

Suzette Marengo, Ethnic, Gender, and Labor Studies
Hunter Blakney, History
Ashley Douthett, Global Studies
Ross Fairbrother, Ethnic, Gender, and Labor Studies
Christeanna Friend, Global Studies
Benjamin Gibbons, History
Anita Gorbun, Ethnic, Gender, and Labor Studies
Michael Hartman, History
Michael Maratas, Global Studies
Schynequa Mathis, Ethnic, Gender, and Labor Studies
Tyler Miller, History
Jennifer Nguyen, History
Alison Marie Perkins, Global Studies
Justi Pfutzenreuter, Ethnic, Gender, and Labor Studies
Jennielyn Serdenia, Ethnic, Gender, and Labor Studies
Ashley Westerland, Ethnic, Gender, and Labor Studies
Andrew Wilson, History
Kaylyn Renee Brown, History
Reese Hentges, History
Jordan Lee Woolston, History

News about the Public History Minor

Students interested in the Public History minor, should be aware that some of the required courses are offered only every other year.

THIST 470 The Material World: Art and Artifacts will be offered Spring 2015 on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12:50 p.m.  This course will not be offered again until the 2016-2017 academic year at the earliest.  Interested students should contact the instructor, Dr. Julie Nicoletta, if they have not taken either THIST 200 or THIST 201 and wish to take the course this spring.

THIST 430 Introduction to Public History will not be offered again until Winter 2016. After next year, the earliest it will be offered again will be the 2017-2018 academic year, so students should plan accordingly.

Julie Nicoletta, Ph.D.Chair, Division of Social & Historical Studies
Professor, Art & Architectural History and Public History
School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
University of Washington Tacoma
Tacoma  WA  98402