Transfer Student Learning Community

Welcome to the History Transfer Learning Community (HTLC). We are glad you are here. The HTLC is a one-year program for transfer students majoring or interested in majoring in History at UNC Charlotte. Joining the learning community will ease your transition as a transfer student through a sense of belonging and joining a tight-knit community.  As part of the community, you will take one of the required non-Western (HIST 2xxxx) courses and one of the required methods courses (Hist 3600). Additionally, you will have the opportunity to join events that will help you explore UNC Charlotte while meeting new people and discussing new topics. With the guidance of the co-coordinators, you will be introduced to the methods and skills of history while networking with fellow students.


This Learning Community is open to ALL transfer students who are majoring in History or who are interested in majoring in History. Click on this link to apply

HTLC is good fit for you if:

  • You are interested in majoring in History
  • You are interested in taking a series of courses with a group of other students who share your experience as a transfer student
  • You are interested in joining a community of students, faculty, and scholars who specialize in history
  • You are interested in better understanding the broader world around you
  • You would like to connect with faculty, graduate students, and other undergraduate students both inside and outside of the department
  • You would like to participate in workshops that help you explore and take advantage of the resources available at UNC Charlotte
  • You would like to develop clear goals for completion of your major and explore post-graduation plans


The goal of the HTLC is to engage transfer students in the intellectual and social community of UNC Charlotte.  The purposes of this community are four-fold:

  1. integrate new transfer students into the University and the Department;
  2. enable students to make timely progress towards degree completion;
  3. provide guidance within the major by two dedicated advisors, Dr. Carol Higham and Dr. Carmen Soliz;
  4. allow students to explore professions related to the history major and network with other historians and students.

HTLC will help students develop friendships and build support networks with other students and faculty.  In addition to taking one class a semester together, HTLC students explore campus resources, career opportunities, and other activities together.  Transfer students will be guaranteed seats in HIST 2002 (fall) and HIST 3600 (spring), both needed for the degree.  We want you to join us as part of the department and make the most of your time on campus!

Some unique activities and opportunities for HTLC students:

  • Orientation to the Department and the University as well as one-on-one meetings with the academic advisors
  • Taking core courses together to develop a sense of community
  • Attending on-campus events to meet other students and faculty, such as Personally Speaking, Major/Minor Meetups, and guest speaker
Students’ engagement in the social community is addressed both in class and out of class as you develop relationships with faculty, other undergraduate students and graduate students. Students in the HTLC will also participate in workshops and sessions with co-coordinators on topics relevant to academic and career success.

Course Work

Fall 2023:

  • HIST 2xxx: This course fulfills one of the Non-Western requirements and provides students with the training/ guidance/ supervision necessary to succeed on an intensive writing seminar like HIST 3600

Spring 2024:

  • HIST 3600: The Frontier in American History with Dr. Carol Higham
    • This course fulfills the first course of the history sequence and is a writing-intensive seminar required of all majors.

Have Questions?

If you have academic advising questions specific to the History Program UNC Charlotte, please contact one of our following advisors:
Dr. Carol Higham specializes in Native American and American History.
Dr. Carmen Soliz specializes in Modern Latin American History.

Resources Available to you

Library: Atkins Library offers an extensive collection of documentary and digital sources. Perhaps because of the volume of information that is available to us, it is not always easy to navigate. Amanda Binder (, the history librarian, has created a series of databases that may help you navigate the information. Click HERE to explore for resources available to history majors.

Writing Resource Center. All UNC Charlotte students are encouraged to use the WRC for writing assistance, regardless of class level distinction or experience. They offer in-person and online tutoring through our face-to-face, video conferencing (synchronous), and e-tutoring (asynchronous) session styles. Check on their link:

Study Abroad: The History Department has numerous study-abroad options for its majors. Students can spend entire semesters or academic years at partner institutions or travel with a faculty member from UNC Charlotte on a short-term trip over spring break or during the summer. A full list of potential programs can be found at

Disability Services: UNC Charlotte is committed to access to education for all. If you have a disability and need academic accommodations, please provide a letter of accommodation from Disability Services early in the semester. All information shared with the instructor concerning a disability will remain confidential. Students in this course seeking accommodations to disabilities must first consult with the Office of Disability Services and follow the instructions of that office for obtaining accommodations. Visit their page:

The Center for Counseling at Psychological Services (CAPS): is a unit within the Division of Student Affairs at UNC Charlotte whose goal is to provide comprehensive wellness-related programs and services to UNC Charlotte students.

Food Insecurity: is defined by the USDA as “a lack of access to enough food for an active, healthy life.” Research shows that college students experience food insecurity at higher rates than the American household rate, and that food insecurity can negatively impact academic performance. In recognition of this problem, UNC Charlotte offers assistance to students facing food insecurity through an on- campus food pantry. The Jamil Niner Student Pantry (JNSP) is located on the east edge of campus at 1224 John Kirk Road. It has regular hours which may change from semester to semester; please see the website at for schedule and details on its services.

What to Do If You Are Having Problems with Classes: Often when students experience difficulties with the course materials or assignments, their first instinct is to keep their distance from the professor. This is precisely the wrong course of action. Instead of solving the problem, it tends to exacerbate it. If you are having troubles with any aspect of your courses, talk to your professor and your academic advisor, both can help you identify whatever is holding you back.