Dr. Laursen teaches undergraduate and graduate-level courses, as well as offers public education, such as talks to organizations and institutions. Please contact him if you are interested in having him teach or speak, or if you have any questions about the below courses.

Academic Teaching

Dr. Laursen is an instructor at the University of North Carolina in Wilmington (UNCW), based in the Departments of History (HST), Philosophy & Religion (PAR), and Graduate Liberal Studies (GLS), as well as lecturing for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Please contact him for any information on upcoming and current courses.

Current and Upcoming Courses
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Upcoming Courses

Summer I 2020 (May 20-June 22, 2020)

PAR 103: Introduction to Religions

Summer II 2020 (June 29-July 29, 2020)

HST 329: Haunted Histories

Fall 2020 (Aug 19-Dec 2, 2020)

HST 205 History of Science I
HST 560 Global Colloquium
PAR 103 Introduction to Religions
PAR 103 Introduction to Religions

Current Courses

Spring 2020 (Jan 13-Apr 29, 2020)

HST 456/533 Animals in American History
HST 329: Superhumans: Medicine, Mind, and Body in the Modern World
HST 103: Global History 1500-1848
GLS 598/596 Final Project in Liberal Studies

Past courses at UNCW (Fall 2017 to Summer 2019)

Most recently offered in Summer/Fall 2019

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GLS 592 Frontier Sciences
GLS 522 Shamanism

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Most recently offered in Spring 2019

GLS 592: First Contact: Encounters with the Unexpected

Most recently offered in Spring 2018

An image of strange lights in the sky taken over Salem, Massachusetts, August 3, 1952. Poster for HST 329: Issues in Modern Science: The Supernatural, Religion, and Science in 19th and 20th Century America offered by Dr. Christopher Laursen in Spring 2018


Since 2008, Dr. Laursen has taught diverse students from humanities and science disciplines, undergraduate and graduate, in-person and online.

He specializes in teaching modern history of religions, history of science, and environmental history courses, as well as early modern and modern global history, and the United States, Britain, and Europe in the modern period.

Public Education

Christopher bridges his scholarly research with public education. He offers talks, seminars, workshops, and courses on these topics, providing historical contexts, case studies, and exercises that enable participants to gain a view of their personal life experiences in relation to world religions, the sciences, and the natural world. Details on public education projects will be posted here as they become available.

Student Testimonials

The following student testimonials attest to recent students’ overall satisfaction and intellectual enrichment from Dr. Laursen’s classes. The comments are from anonymous surveys of the students conducted at universities in which he taught (original copies available).

“Great professor. Very accessible via email, considerate, and encouraging.”

Dr. Laursen “showed caring for each student through personal e-mails and offered to help in all possible ways. Emails were replied to within the day usually and all the feedback given was useful.”

Dr. Laursen “was very good about trying to form a connection with the students even though this was an online course…. It was very nice to participate in that kind of environment and I think my online participation helped with my learning.”

Dr. Laursen “was very diligent when reading the comments on our discussion board and furthered the conversation with his thought provoking analysis. He also did an extremely thorough job when reading our papers, giving incredibly helpful feedback.”

Dr. Laursen “has been extremely helpful and warm towards us, he is very responsive and reasonable.”

Dr. Laursen “was very helpful throughout the course. He responded to e-mails very quickly and showed genuine concern for student learning…. He was very knowledgeable about the subject matter and his attitude towards the students inspired learning and discussion.”

Dr. Laursen “was one of the most open profs I’ve had. He genuinely cared about our learning…. He went above and beyond for me…. Christopher reminded me that there are good profs out there that will be there for you and encourage learning. It was a breath of fresh air for sure! He made us care about the course and I think we all took something away from it.”

“I really like the essay markups… because he provided constructive feedback and methods to improve our writing.”

Dr. Laursen “was very empathetic and responded with exactly what I needed every time.”

Dr. Laursen “gave me the opportunity and the tools to improve my work, which I am very grateful for.”

“I learned a lot and am now reaping the benefits of better quality papers!”