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History and Interdisciplinary Studies


Dr. E. Arnold Modlin, Department Chair
Associate Professor of Geography
Phone: (757) 823-9457

The Department of History & Interdisciplinary Studies welcomes you to campus for the 2023 academic year! We are offering courses both in-person and online to meet your learning needs.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the department is following all university guidelines on distancing, vaccinations and masking in our classrooms and offices. If you need assistance with registering for classes before the semester begins, please contact your academic advisor via email. 


Our offices are located in the Brown Memorial Hall Replacement Building, Suite H211 (facing Corprew Avenue). Contact us at or (757) 823-8198.

HINTS In the News

Dr. Stephanie Richmond and history majors Camilia Bell and Melissa Williams spoke with WHRO Radio about their project on the domestic slave trade, Sold Down River. Listen here.

History professor Dr. Lanois spoke with With Good Reason radio show about his research on Black Freemasonry. Listen here


Interested in history and interdisciplinary studies?
Listen to an interview with an NSU senior history major about why he studies history. 

Communication Reminders

Your NSU email account ( is the only email account that you should use to communicate with your advisor, course professors, and any university offices, services, staff members, or administrators. It is important for you to check your NSU email account and your classes’ Blackboard sites frequently. At a minimum, please check these at least once a day.  Campus email and announcements will update you on adjustments to any university activities.

Email is the best way to contact your advisor and professors. Therefore, here are the email addresses to the advisors, faculty, and staff in the Department of History and Interdisciplinary Studies:

The History and Interdisciplinary Studies Department’s main phone number is 757-823- 8198. If there is no answer, please leave a message. Ms. Bennett checks the voicemail for this number regularly during weekdays. Dr. Modlin's office phone number is 757-823-9457. 

Education Support Services

As we transition back to campus, university services are available in-person or online and offerings may change. Please check with the office you need support from for specific information on office hours and online support. The following links will take you to the contact information for certain support services:

The PLSSSC offers online tutoring for over 100 courses and can help with additional assistance for other courses, if you email If you need help with accessing these services or others, please ask your advisor, one of your class instructors, or Dr. Modlin. 

Technical Support

If you have technical support issues here are some important contact for help:

Be cautious when clicking on links in email or when replying to email from sources you do not recognize. Our university community is regularly a target by those with malicious intent. This could occur more often now, which is at the same time the Office of Information Technology (OIT) is dealing with an increased workload supporting students and university employees who are off campus. 


The department is a supporting member of the Association of Interdisciplinary Studies and the American Historical Association Tuning Project.