Voting in American History

A Fall 2020 Graduate-Level Professional Development Course

Voting has been a central, contested aspect of American history. Over time, the United States has changed the definition of a “worthy voter” and the requirements for voting. Those denied the franchise—non-elite men, women, people of color, and convicted felons—have fought hard for the right to vote, viewing free and fair voting as an essential landmark of a functional democracy. In this course, we will pay close attention to how voting in American history overlaps with and sheds light on broader trends and facets of the American past: religion, gender, race, nationalism, and class. You should end the semester with an increased awareness of how the right to vote and notions of citizenship shaped and propelled American history.

This course requires full participation in the William E. Hewit Educators Conference, “Voting in America.” This workshop will be held online from October 2-4, 2020. During those 20 hours, students will receive a far-reaching overview of voting in American history. This course will build and expand on the historical content and discussions we begin during the conference.

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


    • To enroll in this course, students must also participate in the Hewit Institue for Educators, Oct. 2-4 2020.

    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.

  • Register

    UNC Registration

    Use CRN: 16051

    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

    T.J. Tomlin

    UNC Extended Campus
    Aimee Rogers
    Campus Box 21, Michener Library, Room L54
    University of Northern Colorado
    Greeley, CO 80639
    Phone: 970-351-2594
    Fax: 970-351-1870
    Office Hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

  • 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 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. Please contact Aimee Rogers at 970-351-2594 if you have any other billing concerns.