Hidden Empires

A Summer 2022 Graduate-Level Professional Development Course

This course is tied to attendance at the June 7-10 William E. Hewit Educators Conference: Hidden Empires. Please visit the conference page for additional information.

Hidden empires is a central, enduring theme in world history and a critical issue in our own time. In recent years, debates over empire and neo-colonialism have burst into the American public conscience. The conclusion of the War in Afghanistan sparked controversy and debate, victims of American settler-colonialism increasingly demand equality, and new approaches to history have exposed neo-colonial exploitation across Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Led by expert Michael Ortiz—Assistant Professor of World History and Secondary Education—this graduate course (part of which includes the History Hewit Summer Institute) will provide hands-on exposure to scholarly content and pedagogical techniques centered on hidden empires in our shared global past.

This course provides an opportunity for graduate credit related to additional activities which will tie the conference to further learning. Course is letter-graded.


  • Eligibility


    • Be admitted to attend the William E. Hewit Educators Conference.
    • Be a current K-12 school teacher.

    Graduate Students

    UNC Degree-Seeking Students

    Current UNC graduate students can register for this course.

    Non-Degree-Seeking Students

    Non-degree-seeking graduate status refers to a student who has earned at least a bachelor's degree and who either:

    • Has applied to UNC Graduate School and not yet been admitted or;
    • Wishes to take this graduate class but not pursue a degree.

    Please note, as a non-degree seeking student, you are not eligible for federal financial aid.

    Note: UNC student immunization policies will apply to your enrollment. Once you register, you will need to submit your COVID vaccination information or an exemption. See the current UNC vaccination policy and directions.

  • Register

    You will apply to attend the conference and, if accepted, you can register via the instructions below to pursue graduate credit for this course.

    Conference Application & Registration

    Please visit the conference page to apply for this event. 

    UNC Registration

    Use CRN: 40798

    Follow the instructions in the PDF below to register.

    • You will use the CRN (Course Registration Number) listed above when you register in Ursa.
    • Step 1 of this process can take up to 1-3 days turnaround time, so we recommend you start the process in advance of the "add/register by" deadline posted on this page.

    Directions for course registration and activation

  • Contact Us

    Michael Ortiz

    UNC Extended Campus

  • Once You Register

    Dropping and Withdrawing

    If you wish to drop or withdraw from the course, you must do so on or before the deadline dates listed in the Course Basics box.

    • If you are registered for any other courses in the same academic term, you can drop or withdraw within your Ursa account.
    • If this is your only course this term, please contact the Office of the Registrar at registrar@unco.edu or 970-351-4862.

    It is your responsibility to know the drop and withdrawal deadlines and procedures.

    Billing and Payment for Your Course

    Tuition for this course is listed in the Course Basics box on this page. Any course materials costs (textbooks, digital access, etc.) would be a separate or additional expense.

    Billing notification will be sent to your Bearmail (student email) account when your bill is ready. If you have not activated your Bearmail, directions are in the directions for course registration and activation.

    • Please pay your bill by the due date listed on your eBill to avoid service charges.
    • To view or pay your bill, log into Ursa and go to the Financial tab. You will not receive a bill in the mail; UNC has an eBill system.
    • Further instructions for finding and paying your bill are available on the UNC Bursar's website.