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 States from 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, 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 Special Topics
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 HIS 102 or HIS 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 HIS 102 or HIS 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 HIS 102 or HIS 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 or HIS 102 or HIS 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 HIS 102 or HIS 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 HIS 102 or HIS 114
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 HIS 102 or HIS 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 HIS 102 or HIS 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 HIS 102 or HIS 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 HIS 102 or HIS 114
The exploration of a variety of selected historical topics and themes as characterized by the movies.

HIS 301 Church History to the 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 the Reformation
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 309 Public History
3 credits
Prerequisites: HIS 111, HIS 112
Prerequisite or Corequisite: HIS 214
The class explores the multiplicity of approaches historians use to conduct research, engage in historical preservation, present history to public audiences via historical societies, electronic media, and museums. The course is designed to familiarize the student with not only the historiography of public history, but also the theories and practice behind the presentation of history to public audiences. Pedagogical approaches include in-class study, presentations by public history practitioners, site visits, and through Service-Learning at an appropriate public history venue.

HIS 314 American Constitutional Development
3 credits
Prerequisites: HIS 111, HIS 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 395 History Capstone I
2 credits
Prerequisites: HIS 101, HIS 102, HIS 111, and HIS 112
Students will begin the design and research for a project related to their area of interest and career aspirations.

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 Modern Middle 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 American Foreign Policy
3 credits
(Also INS 408)
Prerequisites: HIS 102, HIS 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
Prerequisites: HIS 111, HIS 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 of American Indians
3 credits
Prerequisites: HIS 111, HIS 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
Prerequisites: HIS 101, HIS 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
Prerequisites: HIS 101, HIS 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
Prerequisites: HIS 101, HIS 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: HIS 111 or HIS 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 111 or HIS 112
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 111 or HIS 112
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 111 or HIS 112
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 490 Seminar in American History
3 credits
Prerequisite: HIS 111 or HIS 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 HIS 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 495 History Capstone II
2 credits
Prerequisite: HIS 395
Students will complete the project begun in HIS 395.

HIS 497 History 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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