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UWM Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015

College of Letters & Science

History

The study of history involves all aspects of human experience throughout time. The Department of History offers a variety of courses, defined geographically, chronologically, and thematically, through which students acquire both broad and specialized knowledge of the past.

History courses are intended to transmit knowledge about various areas and periods, to address general historical problems, and to make students more capable of reading and analyzing both primary sources and secondary literature. Students learn how to collect information independently, to present material, and to construct arguments in a literate and cogent manner. The courses also are intended to make students more understanding of the complexity of human existence and the reality of human diversity, as well as more prepared to make informed and responsible decisions about issues in the world in which they live. These courses provide excellent training for professional careers in education, government, business, law, and social work, as well as advanced work in academics.

Students intending to major in history are encouraged to enroll in several 100- and 200-level courses. Students completing the required coursework for the history major earn the Bachelor of Arts degree. Students may combine a major in history with many of the certificate programs or with another departmental major.

Academic Advising

For academic advice, as well as for information on how to declare a major or minor in history, visit the undergraduate program web page of the Department of History at www4.uwm.edu/letsci/history/undergrad.

Course of Study: Major

History majors are required to take 36 credits of coursework distributed as follows:

1. At least 6 credits in European history;

2. At least 6 credits in U.S. history;

3. At least 9 credits in non-western or global history;

4. At least 3 credits in a course dealing with the period before 1500;

5. At least 18 credits in courses numbered 300 or above, of which 15 must be taken in residence at UWM;

6. At least one course in historical methods (Hist 288, 291, 293, 294, 594, 595, or 596); and

7. Hist 600 Seminar in History (meets the L&S requirement for a research experience in the major; prerequisite is Hist 288, 291, 293, 294, 594, 595, or 596). Students who complete the senior thesis (See below.) may substitute the thesis courses for Hist 600.

History majors must maintain a 2.500 GPA in all history credits attempted at UWM and a 2.500 GPA in all history credits attempted at all institutions attended, collectively. No more than 6 of the 36 credits applied to the major may be earned in independent study courses (Hist 199 or 699). Note that in all courses taken in the major on a credit/no credit basis (whether applied to the major or not), regular letter grades are recorded on your transcript and are used in the calculation of your GPA.

Note: Specific courses may count toward the fulfillment of more than one requirement. For example, Hist 101 (Western Civilization to 1500) counts toward the fulfillment of both requirement #1 and requirement #4.

Students should pay particular attention to requirements #6 and #7. They will not be permitted to enroll in History 600 until after they have taken and passed one of the courses in historical methods listed under #6. This sequence may not be reversed and students cannot take both courses in the same semester. Prospective majors should fulfill the methods requirement at an early stage of their progress in the curriculum, in no case later than the next-to-last semester before they plan to graduate.

Course of Study: Minor

History minors are required to take a minimum of 18 credits of coursework distributed as follows:

1. At least 3 credits in each of the following three areas:

a. European history

b. U.S. history

c. non-western or global history

2. At least 9 credits in courses numbered 300 or above taken in residence at UWM.

History minors must maintain a 2.500 GPA in all history courses attempted at UWM and a 2.500 GPA in all history credits attempted at all institutions attended, collectively. No more than 3 of the 18 credits applied to the minor may be earned in independent study courses (Hist 199 or 699). Note that in all courses taken in the minor on a credit/no credit basis (whether applied to the requirements of the minor or not), regular letter grades are recorded on your transcript and are used in the calculation of your GPA.

Note: Specific courses may count toward the fulfillment of more than one requirement. For example, Hist 307 (The Roman Republic) counts toward the fulfillment of both requirement #1a and requirement #2.

CATEGORIZATION OF COURSES BY GEOGRAPHIC AREA

The following lists indicate the geographic areas towards which courses count in the fulfillment of the major and minor requirements. (Note that some courses do not satisfy any of the geographic area distribution requirements and that for variable-topic courses, the geographic area is determined by the specific topic).

European History
HIST 101, 102, 201 through 206, 220, 226, 227, 228, 235, 236, 238, 239, 241, 242, 246, 248 through 250, 301 through 369, 371, 374, 375

U.S. History
HIST 150, 151, 152, 229, 243 through 245, 251, 262 through 272, 403 through 474, 654

Non-Western or Global History
HIST 131, 132, 141, 175, 176, 180, 210, 215, 246*, 274, 275, 280 through 283, 285 through 287, 290, 295, 372, 376 through 397, 400 through 402, 596

* If taken prior to the spring 2006 semester, Hist 246 counts as a European history course.

Geographic Area Determined by Specific Topic
HIST 190, 192, 193, 199, 200, 296, 297, 299, 370, 373, 398, 399, 497, 499, 594, 599, 600, 681, 682, 699

The geographic area of concentration in sections of Hist 600, where the area is not obvious in the title, by default is designated in accordance with the primary teaching and research interests of the instructor. In such cases, and with the instructor's approval, Hist 600 can count toward different areas for different students, as determined by the predominant focus of their individual work in the course. Note that a variable topic course cannot be considered "Non-Western or Global" unless at least a substantial part of the course's focus includes the study of African, Asian, Middle Eastern, or Latin American history.

No Geographic Area
HIST 288, 289, 291, 293, 294, 296, 489, 595, 651

ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL HISTORY (PRE-1500) REQUIREMENT

The following courses satisfy the pre-1500 requirement of the History major:

HIST 101, 131, 175, 201 through 204, 235, 274, 280, 301, 303, 304, 307, 308, 318 through 320, 325, 376, 383, 384, 394

The following variable topic courses satisfy the pre-1500 requirement of the History major if the specific topic deals preponderantly with the era prior to 1500:

HIST 192, 193, 199, 200, 250, 270, 290, 296, 297, 299, 370 through 373, 398 through 402, 497, 499, 594, 599, 600, 681, 682, 699

Because individual student topics in Hist 600 can vary, that course, with the instructor's approval, may count toward the pre-1500 requirement for certain students, as determined by the predominant focus of their individual work in the course. Note: If taken prior to the spring 2007 semester, Hist 385 also counts as a pre-1500 course.

CROSS-LISTED COURSE

Portugs 360 Brazilian Culture, with the topic “History of Brazil,” may be used to fulfill requirements of the undergraduate major or minor in history. It counts as a non-western/global history course.

JOINTLY OFFERED COURSES

History offers the following courses jointly with other academic units. Whether these courses are taken under Hist or the curricular areas of the other units, they may be used to fulfill requirements of the undergraduate major or minor in history.

AIS/HIST 262 North American Indian History to 1887
AIS/HIST 263 North American Indian History Since 1887
AIS/HIST 473 History of Wisconsin Indians
AIS/HIST 474 Topics in North American Indian History: (Subtitle)
AIS/HIST 475 American Indian History, Law, and Government
HEBR ST/HIST 275   Ancient Egyptian Civilization
HIST/HCA 228  History of Medicine
HIST/JEWISH 358 The Jews of Modern Europe: History and Culture
HIST/JEWISH 379 Introduction to Jewish History


SENIOR THESIS OPTION

Students choosing this two-semester sequence (Hist 681-682) write a substantial research paper on a topic of their choice in consultation with a faculty thesis advisor. The prerequisite for Hist 681 is at least one of the following courses: Hist 288, 291, 293 (590), 294 (591), 594, 595, or 596. Students also must receive approval from the faculty thesis advisor and department chair prior to enrolling. With the consent of the faculty thesis advisor and the department chair, history majors with a GPA of 3.333 (B+) or higher in all history credits attempted, including transfer work, may take the thesis sequence in lieu of Hist 600 to satisfy (in part) major requirements and the L&S research requirement. Access and print out the senior thesis proposal form (PDF).

INDEPENDENT STUDY

Independent study is not a substitute for courses regularly available in the curriculum. Students who wish to enroll in independent study (Hist 199 for freshmen and sophomores; Hist 699 for juniors and seniors) must have a minimum GPA of 2.500 in credits attempted at UWM. It is recommended that students work only with faculty members from whom they previously have taken regular classes. Students may not enroll in Hist 199 or 699 for work already completed. When enrolling in Hist 199 or 699, students shall select the section number of the faculty member who will supervise their work.

After consultation with the supervising faculty member, students must print out and complete an independent study form (PDF).  This form contains the description of the independent study proposal, and it should be completed during the first two weeks of the semester. The supervising faculty member must approve the proposal and return the signed form to the department office for endorsement by the department chair as well as by the Dean. A student should not take more than three credits of independent study in one semester from the same faculty member. History majors may take no more than 6 of the required 36 credits in History in independent study, and a maximum of 3 credits of independent study may count toward the minor.

INTERNSHIPS

The Department of History encourages eligible students to do internships for credit by enrolling in Hist 289 (freshmen and sophomores) or Hist 489 (juniors and seniors). It is, however, the student’s responsibility to secure an internship with an agency or organization; the Department does not place students in internships. Students also should arrange to have a supervisor oversee their work at the agency or organization. Before securing placement in an agency or organization, interested students should begin by verifying whether or not they meet L&S requirements to enroll in an internship for credit. The prerequisites are:

  1. Hist 289: lower-division course in Hist; 2.50 GPA.
  2. Hist 489: jr st; satisfaction of GER English Composition competency; 300-level or above course in Hist; 2.50 GPA.

The procedure for enrolling in History 289 or 489 requires the following steps:

  1. Student asks the Chair of the Undergraduate Affairs Committee to confirm that s/he is eligible to enroll in Hist 289 or 489. Contact information for the current Chair of the History Undergraduate Affairs Committee can be obtained from the History Department Office (hoffice@uwm.edu).
  2. The student downloads the Verification of Internship Form (Word, PDF), which must be completed and signed by the student and the agency or organization supervisor.
  3. The student submits the completed and signed Verification of Internship form to the Chair of the History Undergraduate Affairs Committee.
  4. The Chair of the History Undergraduate Affairs Committee assigns the student to an academic mentor among the UWM history faculty.
  5. The student and faculty member meet to discuss the internship program, goals, assignment, and form of assessment.
  6. Student and mentoring faculty complete and sign the Internship Contract Form (Word, PDF) and ADD/DROP form as appropriate.
  7. Student submits the completed and signed Internship Contract and ADD/DROP forms to the History Office.
  8. Important: Students must enroll in Hist 289 or 489 by the end of the second week of the semester in which the internship will take place.

Courses (HIST)

Faculty

Jasmine Alinder, Assoc. Prof., PhD
University of Michigan
Coordinator of Public History

Ellen Amster, Assoc. Prof., PhD
University of Pennsylvania

Margo J. Anderson, Prof., PhD
Rutgers University

Joe Austin, Assoc. Prof., PhD
University of Minnesota

Russell H. Bartley, Prof. Emeritus, PhD

James Brundage, Prof. Emeritus, PhD

David D. Buck, Prof. Emeritus, PhD

Rachel Buff, Assoc. Prof., PhD
University of Minnesota
Director, Comparative Ethnic Studies

Martha Carlin, Prof., PhD
University of Toronto

Gregory Carter, Assoc. Prof., PhD
University of Texas at Austin

Winson Chu, Assoc. Prof., PhD
University of California, Berkeley

David DiValerio, Asst. Prof., PhD
University of Virginia

Carolyn Eichner, Assoc. Prof., PhD
University of California, Los Angeles

Christine Evans, Asst. Prof., PhD
University of California, Berkeley

Bruce S. Fetter, Prof. Emeritus, PhD

Marcus Filippelo, Asst. Prof., PhD
University of California, Davis

Carlos Galvão-Sobrinho, Assoc. Prof., PhD
Yale University

Michael A. Gordon, Assoc. Prof. Emeritus, PhD

Victor R. Greene, Prof. Emeritus, PhD

Abbas H. Hamdani, Prof. Emeritus, PhD

David F. Healy, Prof. Emeritus, PhD

J. David Hoeveler, Jr., Distinguished Prof., PhD
University of Illinois

Reginald Horsman, Distinguished Prof. Emeritus, PhD

Douglas Howland, David Buck Professor of Chinese History, PhD
University of Chicago

Glen S. Jeansonne, Prof., PhD
Florida State University

Benjamin Johnson, Assoc. Prof., PhD
Yale University

Nan Y. Kim-Paik, Asst. Prof., PhD
University of California, Berkeley

Marc V. Levine, Prof., PhD
University of Pennsylvania
Director, Center for Canadian-American Policy Studies
Director, Consortium for Economic Opportunity

Genevieve McBride, Assoc. Prof., PhD
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Aims McGuinness, Assoc. Prof., PhD
University of Michigan
Director, Graduate Studies in History

Jeffrey W. Merrick, Prof. Emeritus, PhD

Stephen Meyer, Prof. Emeritus, PhD

Cary Miller, Assoc. Prof., PhD
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Nathan Miller, Prof. Emeritus, PhD

Katherine Paugh, Asst. Prof., PhD
University of Pennsylvania

Neal H. Pease, Prof., PhD
Yale University

Helena M. Pycior, Prof., PhD
Cornell University

Lex Renda, Assoc. Prof., PhD
University of Virginia
Co-Director of Undergraduate Studies in History

Joseph A. Rodríguez, Assoc. Prof., PhD
University of California, Berkeley

Ronald J. Ross, Prof. Emeritus, PhD

Kristin Ruggiero, Prof., PhD
Indiana University
Director, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

John H. Schroeder, UW System Distinguished Prof., PhD
University of Virginia

Amanda Seligman, Assoc. Prof., PhD
Northwestern University
Director, Urban Studies Programs

Philip Shashko, Prof. Emeritus, PhD

Lisa Silverman, Asst. Prof., PhD
Yale University

Robert Smith, Assoc. Prof., PhD
Bowling Green State University
Co-Director of Undergraduate Studies in History

George J. Stagakis, Prof. Emeritus, PhD

Walter I. Trattner, Prof. Emeritus, PhD

Chia Vang, Assoc. Prof., PhD
University of Minnesota

Walter B. Weare, Assoc. Prof. Emeritus, PhD

Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks, Distinguished Prof., PhD, Chair
University of Wisconsin-Madison




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