History Major and Minor Requirements

Requirements for a History Major

History majors must complete at least 36 credits in History courses, 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 preponderantly with the period before 1500
  5. At least 18 credits in courses numbered 300 and above (15 of which must be taken at UWM)
  6. At least one of the following courses: History 288, 291, 293, 294, 594, 595, or 596
  7. History 600 (course prerequisite is one of the following: History 288, 291, 293, 294, 594, 595, or 596). Other prerequisites include the declaration of your major in History (or Broad Field Social Studies Education - History), senior standing (junior standing for Broad Field Social Studies Education - History majors), and satisfaction of the English and mathematics competency requirements.

Please also note the following:

  • 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, collectively. No more than 6 of the 36 credits applied to the major may be earned in independent study courses (History 199 or 699). Note that in all courses taken in the major on a credit/no credit basis (whether applied to the requirements of the major or not), regular letter grades are recorded in your transcript and are used in the calculation of your GPA.
  • Specific courses may count toward the fulfillment of more than one requirement. For example, History 101 (Western Civilization to 1500) counts toward the fulfillment of both requirement #1 and #4.
  • Students should pay particular attention to requirements #6 and #7. They will not be permitted to enroll in History 600 (the senior seminar) until after they have passed one of the courses in historical methods listed under #6. This sequence may not be reversed, and students may not satisfy both requirements in the same semester. Prospective majors should fulfill the "methods" requirement at an early stage of their progress in the curriculum, and no later than the next to last semester before they plan to graduate.
  • As Hist 600 involves a good deal of work, students are encouraged to plan their curriculum in such a manner so as to render unnecessary a heavy course load in the semester in which they take Hist 600.
  • See further information below on:
    • categorization of courses by geographic area
    • courses dealing with the pre-1500 period
    • cross-listed course and jointly-offered courses
    • variable topics courses taken as repeats
    • senior thesis option
    • independent study
    • internships

Requirements for a History Minor

History minors must take a minimum of 18 credits in History courses, distributed as follows:

  1. At least 3 credits in EACH of the following 3 areas:
    1. European history
    2. U.S. history
    3. Non-western or Global history
  2. At least 9 credits in courses numbered 300 or above, taken at UWM.

Please also note the following:

  • History minors 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, collectively. No more than 3 of the 18 credits applied to the minor may be earned in independent study courses (History 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 in your transcript and are used in the calculation of your GPA.
  • Specific courses may count toward the fulfillment of more than one requirement. For example, History 307 (The Roman Republic) counts toward the fulfillment of both requirement #1a and #2.
  • See further information below on:
    • categorization of courses by geographic area
    • courses dealing with the pre-1500 period
    • cross-listed course and jointly-offered courses
    • variable topics courses taken as repeats
    • senior thesis option
    • independent study
    • internships

Categorization of Courses by Geographic Area

Following are the areas towards which courses count in the fulfillment of major and minor requirements:

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

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

Non-Western or Global History: History 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.

Geographic Area Determined by Specific Topic: History 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 History 600, where the same is not obvious in the title, is by default designated in accordance with the primary teaching interests of the instructor. In such cases, and with the instructor's approval, History 600 can count toward different areas for different students, as determined by the predominant focus of their individual work in the course. Note that in such cases History 600 can not be considered a "Non-Western or Global" course unless at least a substantial part of the student's work includes the study of either Asian, African, Middle Eastern, or Latin American History.

No Geographic Category: History 288, 289, 291, 293, 294, 489, 595, 651.

Note: If taken prior to the Spring 2006 semester, History 246 counts as a European History course.

Courses Dealing with the Pre-1500 Period

The following courses satisfy the pre-1500 requirement of the History major: History 101, 131, 175, 201 through 204, 235, 274, 280, 301, 303, 304, 307, 308, 318 through 320, 325, 376, 383, 384, and 394.

The following variable-topics courses satisfy the pre-1500 requirement of the History major if the specific topic deals preponderantly with the era prior to 1500: History 192, 193, 199, 200, 250, 270, 290, 296, 297, 299, 370 through 373, 398 through 402, 497, 499, 594, 599, 600, 681, 682, 699. As individual student topics may vary in History 600, that course can, with the instructor's approval, 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, History 385 also counts as a pre-1500 course.

Cross-Listed and Jointly-Offered Courses

Portuguese 360, with the sub-title or topic "History of Brazil," may be used to fulfill the requirements of the undergraduate major or minor in history. It counts as a non-western/global history course. Following are courses offered by other departments with identical course numbers in History, and they may be taken to fulfill the requirements of the undergraduate major or minor in History: American Indian Studies 262; American Indian Studies 263; American Indian Studies 473; American Indian Studies 474; American Indian Studies 475; Health Care Administration 228; Hebrew Studies 274; Hebrew Studies 275; Jewish Studies 358; Jewish Studies 379; Philosophy 275.

Variable Topics Courses Taken as Repeats

Unless indicated otherwise in the schedule of classes, enrollment in a variable-topics course is considered a "repeat" of an earlier enrollment in that course ONLY if the specific topic is exactly the same in each semester.