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History Course Descriptions

HIS 101   World Civilizations I

3 credits

A survey of world civilizations from human origins to the 16th century. Exploration of the cultural, political, and economic development of humankind in a global context.

 HIS 102   World Civilizations II

3 credits

A survey of world civilizations from the 16th century to the present. Exploration of the cultural, political, and economic development of humankind in a global context.

HIS 111   History of the United States to 1877

3 credits

A survey course in which the cultural, political, and economic events that have shaped American history from the precontact period to 1877 will be explored. The course will pursue several key topics, including the evolution of race and gender relations, independence, the emergence of popular democracy, the era of the Civil War and Reconstruction, and the impact of industrialism and urbanization upon American life.

 HIS 112   History of the United Statesfrom 1877  

3 credits

A survey course in which the cultural, political, and economic events that have shaped American history from 1877 to the present will be explored. The course will pursue several key topics, including the continuing development of race and gender relations, and the impact of industrialism, the world wars, and the Cold War upon American life.

 HIS 114   World History Since 1900

3 credits

(AGS students only)

A survey of important developments in political, social, economic, and cultural history from 1900 to the present day with special emphasis on the increasing interconnectedness of societies throughout the world and the rise of a more global economy and culture.

HIS 204   Topics in History

1-3 credits

Topics of historical inquiry intended for students at an introductory level. Content varies from term to term.

HIS 205  History of Selected Minorities

3 credits

Prerequisite: HIS 101 or 102 or 114

An introductory historical survey of selected American minorities, including Native Americans, African-Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, women, religious minorities, and other minority groups. The course focuses upon the consequences of the interplay of cultural, political, and economic processes relative to minority-majority relations and the American experience.

HIS 206   History of Terrorism

3 credits

Prerequisite: HIS 101 or 102 or 114

This course will examine the roots of terrorism in the 20th century, the current intellectual and governmental policies and theories regarding the nature and methods of terrorism, and the impact of terrorism in the past, present, and future.

HIS 207   History of Crime

3 credits

Prerequisite: HIS 101 or 102 or 114

An examination of changes over time in concepts of justice, injustice, crime, and deviance.

 HIS 208   History of Disease

3 credits

Prerequisite: HIS 101 or102 or 114

This course will examine the role that infectious diseases have played in human history, as well as the way in which people have reacted to these diseases.

 HIS 209  History of Sex and Abstinence

3 credits

Prerequisite: HIS 101 or 102 or 114

A study of views of sex and abstinence from ancient times to the present. Special attention is given to the connections among sexual beliefs, sexual behaviors, and religious and cultural values.

 HIS 211  American Military History

3 credits

Prerequisite: HIS 101 or 102 or114

(Also MSC 211) 

A study of the American military in war and peace and its relationship to American culture and society, including social, economic, technological, and political factors that influenced changes in the military and its activities from colonial times to the present.

HIS 214  History of Wisconsin

3 credits

Prerequisite or Corequisite: HIS 111

A survey of the cultural, economic, political, and social history of Wisconsin from the days of exploration to the present. The class emphasizes independent research and discussion.

 HIS 215  Social History

3 credits

Prerequisite: HIS 101 or 102 or 114

An exploration of historical topics concerning the interactions of individuals, society, and the world they construct.

HIS 216  History of Popular Culture

3 credits

Prerequisite: HIS 101 or 102 or 114

An exploration of historical topics concerning the development and uses of popular amusements.

 HIS 217  Topics in American History

3 credits

Prerequisite: HIS 101 or 102 or 114

An exploration of specific topics in the history of the United States from colonial times to the present. 

 HIS 222  History Goes to the Movies          

3 credits

Prerequisite: HIS 101 or 102 or 114

The exploration of a variety of selected historical topics and themes as characterized by the movies.

HIS 301  Church History to Reformation    

3 credits

Prerequisite: HIS 101

A study of the development of the church from apostolic times to the Reformation. Significant figures in the history of the church are studied with stress on the interaction of the church and the world.

 HIS 302  Church History Since theReformation

3 credits

Prerequisite: HIS 102

A study of church history from the Reformation to the present. The course focuses on the influence of the church on the world rather than on doctrinal matters.

 HIS 303  History of England

3 credits

Prerequisite: HIS 102

A survey of English history from ancient times to the present. Special attention will be given to the social, political, and economic developments that have influenced the course of English history.

HIS 314  American ConstitutionalDevelopment   

3 credits

Prerequisite: HIS 111, 112

(For history, broad field social studies, or criminal justice majors only)

A study of the background of the federal Constitution and a survey of its development to the present. Consideration is given to national economic regulations, capital-labor issues, and civil liberties.

 HIS 342   Topics in Ancient History

3 credits

Prerequisite: HIS 101 or HIS 114

Provides the student with an opportunity to explore topics in ancient history from a Western or non-Western social, political, and economic framework.

 HIS 378   Historical Materials

1 credit

Prerequisite or concurrent: HIS 214

A review of primary sources and techniques for research in history. Development of familiarity with the techniques of writing of historical prose.

HIS 379   Historiography

1 credit

Prerequisite: HIS 378

An exploration of modes of historical thinking and their relationship to the development of the senior paper.

 HIS 397   Internship

1-3 credits

Planned and supervised work experience in a public history venue such as a local historical society, library, museum or other similar organization. Supervised by a faculty mentor who evaluates fulfillment of the planned objectives. Internships are unpaid experiences.

HIS 404   Special Topics

1-3 credits

An opportunity to study specific topics in the various fields of history. These topics reflect the particular competencies and interests of the department faculty and consider the needs and requests of the students. Special studies of particular events or brief periods of history may be included.

 HIS 405   History of the ModernMiddle East

3 credits

Prerequisite: HIS 102

A survey of events in the Middle East from the rise of Islam to the current day.

HIS 408   History of AmericanForeign Policy

3 credits

(Also INS 408)

Prerequisite: HIS 102, 112

A survey of major foreign policy issues and the conduct of diplomacy from the end of the 18th century to the present. Emphasis is placed on 20th century involvement of major powers in international conflicts.

 HIS 410   19th Century Europe

3 credits

Prerequisite: HIS 102

A study of the European powers during the period 1815-1914. Concepts such as liberalism, nationalism, conservatism, democracy and socialism are critically examined. The course concludes with an examination of the origins of World War I.

HIS 414   Independent Study

3 credits

Prerequisite: Permission

Intensive independent study of a chosen subject. The student is expected to read a substantial number of major works in the field and to prepare a critical documented paper. A public presentation of the research before faculty and students is an integral part of the course. See also statement on independent study.

 HIS 415   History of the Recent U.S.

3 credits

Prerequisite: HIS 111, 112

A seminar dealing with the political, economic, intellectual and social trends of the United States since 1933. Topics for discussion include the New Deal, World War II, the Cold War, and the dramatic political, economic, foreign policy, social, and cultural changes in American society during the last 40 years.

 HIS 416   History and Culture ofAmerican Indians

3 credits

Prerequisite: HIS 111, 112, SOC 100

A study of the history of American Indians from precontact times to the present. Special attention is given to issues surrounding the continuing effect of contact and discovery upon American Indians in a cultural, political, and economic context.

 HIS 422   20th Century Europe

3 credits

Prerequisite: HIS 102

A study of Europe commencing with World War I and extending to its current political and economic condition. The rise of dictatorships, trials of
democracy, World War II, colonialism, postwar economic revivals, social, and cultural transformation, and the course and conclusion of the Cold War are explored.

 HIS 423   History of Latin America

3 credits

Prerequisite: HIS 101, 102

A survey of economic, political, religious, and social change ad continuity in Latin America from the pre-colonial period to the present day. Latin America is defined as including the Caribbean Islands, Mexico, Central America, and South America.

HIS 425   The Civil War Era, 1850-1877

3 credits

Prerequisite: HIS 111

A study of the causes and course of the Civil War as well as its consequences for subsequent American history. The course will focus upon the key issues of slavery and race relations, the effect of industrialization upon sectional tensions, southern particularism, and the social and political life of the era.

 HIS 426   History of Africa

3 credits

Prerequisite: HIS 101, 102

A topical survey of the history of African peoples from human origins to the present. Subjects include regional historical developments, African social and political patterns, the impact of external contacts, imperialism and colonialism, nationalism and independence, and current issues in Africa.

 HIS 431   History of Monsoon Asia

3 credits

Prerequisite: HIS 101, 102

A survey of civilizations in monsoon Asia from prehistory to the present. Emphasis is placed on cultural, political, and social development of China, Japan and India, with some attention to Korea, Central Asia, and Southeast Asia.

 HIS 432   History of Canada

3 credits

Prerequisite: HIS 102

A survey designed to provide an overview of Canadian history from precontact times to the present. The course explores the three broad currents of Canadian history: The Aboriginal experience, the French experience, and the British or Anglo-Canadian experience. Special attention will be given to the interaction of these three currents after 1760 in a political, cultural, and economic context.

 HIS 436   Controversies in American History

3 credits

Prerequisite(s): HIS 111 or 112

A study of various controversies within American history from colonial times to the present. These will include major historiographical controversies.

HIS 438   Controversies in World History

3 Credits

Prerequisite: HIS 101 or 102

A study of various controversies within world history from ancient times to the present. These will include major historiographical controversies.

 HIS 440   Controversies in European History         

3 credits

Prerequisite: HIS 101 or 102

A study of various controversies within European history from ancient times to the present. These will include major historiographical controversies.

HIS 441   Topics in Women's History

3 credits

Provides the student with an opportunity to explore the history of women in the context of a particular historical period or issue. Western and non-Western topics may be addressed in a social, political, and economic framework.

HIS 450   Seminar in European History

3 credits

Prerequisite: HIS 101 or 102

An opportunity to study specific topics in the various fields of European history in a seminar type format.  The topic(s) is drawn from the interests of the department faculty and students.

HIS 479   Senior Paper

1 credit

Prerequisite: HIS 379

Writing and editing the senior paper, an original piece of historical prose. Public presentation of the resulting work.

 HIS 490   Seminar in American History

3 credits

Prerequisite: HIS 111 or 112

An opportunity to study specific topics in the various fields of American history in a seminar type format.  Topics are drawn from the interests of the department faculty and students. 

HIS 492  Seminar in World History

3 credits

Prerequisite: HIS 101 or 102

An opportunity to study specific topics in the various fields of world history in a seminar type format.  Topics are drawn from the interests of the department faculty and students. 

 HIS 497   Internship

1-3 credits

Planned and supervised work experience in a public history venue such as a local historical society, library, museum or other similar organization. Supervised by a faculty mentor who evaluates fulfillment of the planned objectives. Internships are unpaid experiences.

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