At Oregon State University Professor Nichols teaches or will be teaching courses on the U.S. role in the world (1776-1898, 1898-present), isolationism and internationalism, the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, international and transnational history, international relations and diplomacy, religion and foreign policy, intellectual, cultural, and political history, and U.S. history since 1865. His core sequence at OSU is HST 464/564 and 465/565, covering the U.S. role in the world from the colonial era to the present, and capped by special thematic courses including HST/REL 466/566: Religion and U.S. Foreign Relations and HST 407/507: U.S. in the Modern World, a writing intensive (5-credit) course. At Penn and UVa Nichols taught courses on isolationism and internationalism, the U.S. role in the world, the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, civil rights, American politics and culture since 1945, technology and world history (STS), international relations and diplomacy, intellectual, cultural, and political history. Prof. Nichols regularly advises theses on many facets of the historical U.S. role in — and relationship with — the world, as well as in international, intellectual, and political history.
Nichols was deeply gratified to be honored as the Oregon State University Honors College Outstanding Professor of the Year for 2014, nominated and selected by students. He also was pleased to be nominated for the 2013 OSU Faculty Research Mentor of the Year Award. During his time as an instructor at UVa Nichols was honored to receive three awards for outstanding teaching, nominated and selected by both students and faculty. At Penn Nichols was nominated for two teaching awards.
C-SPAN’s “Lectures in American History” came to Oregon State University to film Professor Nichols teaching an upper-level seminar on the history of the U.S. role in and with the world in the post-Cold War era from 1989 through 2001 on March 12, 2013. That seminar class, entitled “Lectures in History: Post-Cold War U.S. Foreign Policy,” aired first on C-SPAN on June 8-9, 2013.
Courses taught regularly at OSU include:
- HST 203: HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES (U.S. since the 1910s)
- HST 407/507: SEMINAR – THE U.S. IN THE MODERN WORLD
- HST 415/515: SELECTED TOPICS
- HST/REL 466/566: RELIGION AND U.S. FOREIGN RELATIONS
- HST 462/562: AMERICAN THOUGHT AND CULTURE
- HST 464/564: AMERICAN DIPLOMATIC HISTORY/U.S. and the World (through 1898)
- HST 465/565: AMERICAN DIPLOMATIC HISTORY/U.S. and the World (1898-present)
- HST 465H: AMERICAN DIPLOMATIC HISTORY/U.S. and the World (1898-present)
- HST 477/577: THE PROGRESSIVE ERA