2019-2020 Catalog

Publication date June 2019

History Major with World History Emphasis - Bachelor of Science (BS)

The history major with a world history emphasis is the most comprehensive of the history majors, with requirements that diversify the degree to cover as much of the world as can be done in a 40-credit undergraduate degree.  Like all majors, this one requires the completion of two courses unique to history students (HIS 200 and HIS 490), and then three courses from the 200-level surveys of regional history.

Along with that foundation, the world history major requires the completion of the following: one course from a list which covers the history of women, gender and sexuality; two courses on U.S. history; one course on global/transregional history; one course each on Asia, Latin America, Europe, and Africa/Middle East; and one course on ancient, classical, or religious history.


(All colleges, excluding teacher certification programs)

40 credits

Core requirements

HIS 200Historiography and Historical Methods3
HIS 490History Research Seminar4
Select nine credits of the following:9
Survey of the United States
Survey of Ancient and Medieval Worlds
Survey of Modern Europe
Survey of Asia
Survey of the Middle East
Survey of Modern Africa
Select 24 credits from the following four categories (3 credits from the courses below must come from a WGS course)
Global/Transregional (see below)3
U.S. History (see below; no more than 3 credits can come from a public/policy course)6
Regional/World Cultural Zones (see below)12
Ancient/Classical/Religions (see below)3
Total Credits40

U.S. History

Select two of the following:6
Women in the Modern United States: 1890-Present 1
History of Motherhood in the United States 1
Ethnic America
U.S. Reform Movements
Native American History
Colonial and Revolutionary America
Vietnam War
American Environmental History
Exhibition Development and Design I
Seminar in Twentieth Century America
Introduction to Public and Policy History
Wisconsin History
Public Education in Wisconsin and America
Civil War and Reconstruction
America in the Cold War
Latinos in the United States: 1450-2000
La Crosse Wisconsin in World History
U.S. Borderlands
U.S.-Latin American Relations
Greater Mexico
U.S. Labor History
The American West
Public and Policy History Research
History of U.S. Environmental Policy
Material Culture
Government and Society
20th Century Civil Rights Movement
20th Century African American Urban History
Exhibition Development and Design II
Total Credits6

Regional/World Cultural Zones

Select one of the following:3
Vietnam War
Themes in Chinese History
History of China
Modern South Asia
Gandhi's India
Imperialism in Asia and the Pacific
Women in South Asia 1
The Idea of Asia
Modern Japan
Postwar Japan
Japanese Religions
Religion and Conflict in Modern South Asia
Select one of the following:3
Peace and War
Peoples and Cultures of Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union
The Holocaust
Russia and the Soviet Union
The Middle Ages
Renaissance and Reformation
Twentieth Century Europe
Great Events in France: 1750-present
History of France: 1750-Present
Germany: 1848-1989
Spain to 1700
England to 1603
French Revolution
Women, Gender and Sexuality in Modern Europe 1
World War I
Ireland and the World: 1500-present
Africa/Latin America/Middle East
Select two courses from two of the three following subcategories:6
African Environmental History
The Rwandan Genocide
Health and Healing in African History
Popular Culture in Modern Africa
Women and Gender in Africa 1
African Novels and History
African Nationalism
Colonial Africa
Latin America
Nineteenth Century Latin America
Twentieth Century Latin America
Latin America: 1450-1830
U.S.-Latin American Relations
History of Mexico
Women, Gender, and Sexuality in Latin America
Middle East
Egyptian Hieroglyphs: The Language and Culture of Ancient Egypt
Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Human Rights and the Middle East
Women and Gender in the Middle East
Total Credits12


Select one of the following:3
Ancient Literate Civilizations
Pyramids, Temples and Towns! The Archaeology of Ancient Egypt
Egyptian Hieroglyphs: The Language and Culture of Ancient Egypt
Modern Christianity
History of Buddhism
History of Hinduism
History of Islam
History of Religions
The Ancient Greek World
Ancient Rome and the Mediterranean
Christianity to 1517
Origins of Cities
Maya Civilization
Ancient Iraq
Ancient Israel
Ancient Egypt
History of Babylonian Language and Culture I
History of Babylonian Language and Culture II
Ancient Turkey
Iran before Islam
Ancient Syria
Japanese Religions
Religion and Conflict in Modern South Asia
Total Credits3
Select one of the following:3
Ethnic America
History of Feminist Thought 1
World War II
Modern Christianity
History of Buddhism
History of Hinduism
History of Islam
History of Religions
Christianity to 1517
La Crosse Wisconsin in World History
Sugar, Coffee, Rubber, Bananas: Commodities in World History
World War I
Imperialism in Asia and the Pacific
Migration and Empire: 1200-1900
The Migration Experience: 1600-present
Ireland and the World: 1500-present
Total Credits3

All students must complete the general education, college core, major/minor, and university degree requirements in order to qualify for a degree. The easiest way to track all of these requirements is to refer to the Advisement Report (AR) found in the Student Information System (WINGS) Student Center. All enrolled students have access to the AR. 

College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities (CASSH/VPA) Bachelor of Science core requirements

The following conditions apply to one or both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees:

  1. Students majoring in English (writing and rhetoric or literature emphases) or in the department of global cultures and languages must earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. Education majors earn a Bachelor of Science degree; English major: medical professions emphasis majors may earn a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree.
  2. Students majoring in other CASSH programs may choose either a B.A. or a B.S. degree.
  3. Language courses (ARA, CHI, FRE, GCL, GER, HMG, JPN, RUS, SPA) used to fulfill general education requirement: "Mathematical/logical systems and modern languages" (GE 02, category 2) may also be used to meet the B.A. and B.S. language requirements.
  4. All other courses used to meet the requirements below must be in addition to the minimum 39 credits required in the General Education Program.
  5. At least one course in the B.A. or B.S. college degree program (core requirements) must be a CASSH designated diversity course.
  6. Applicable courses may be found on the CASSH B.A./B.S. Degree Option Course List or in the Advisement Report (AR) when the degree has been declared.

Courses used to fulfill general education requirements will not apply to core requirements except for language courses (ARA, CHI, FRE, GCL, GER, HMG, JPN, RUS, SPA) that count in the general education requirement: "Mathematical/logical systems and modern languages" (GE 02, category 2).

Bachelor of Science students complete four courses outside the department of the student's major as follows:
  1. A lab science course (from the general education list); and
  2. A social science course; and
  3. Another social science or general education natural science, or math course, or an approved CASSH alternative (ENV 201, PHL 334, PHL 339); and
  4. One additional course in humanities or fine arts or complete a global cultures and languages course 102 level or higher.
In addition to all other College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities core requirements, all students in CASSH must complete a second major, minor, or program option by satisfying one of the following:
  1. Complete a minor (or second major) outside of the student's major program, consisting of at least 18 credits; or
  2. Complete an emphasis, program or concentration of at least 18 credits outside the student's major program. General education courses may apply provided they are not being used to fulfill minimum general education requirements; or
  3. Complete 18 credits in two or more departments or programs (at least 12 credits earned at the 300/400 level). These courses must be outside the student's major department and can be from any college. General education courses may apply provided they are not being used to fulfill minimum general education requirements.

Baccalaureate degree requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degrees must accomplish the following:

  1. Fulfill the general education requirements.
  2. Complete at least one ethnic studies (diversity) course.
  3. Complete the courses prescribed by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for the degree desired in the respective school or college. (No substitutions for graduation may be made in course requirements for a major or minor after the fourth week of the last semester of the senior year.)
  4. Earn a minimum of 120 semester credits with at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA.1
  5. At least 40 credits must be earned in 300/400 level courses. Transfer courses earned at the 300/400 level apply to this requirement. Courses earned at the 100/200 level that transferred to UWL as 300/400 level courses do not apply to this requirement.
  6. Complete major and minor requirements with at least a 2.00 GPA1 in each major and minor (and concentration or emphasis, if selected).
  7. A minimum of 30 semester credits in residence at UWL is required for graduation. (See undergraduate resident requirement.)
  8. Submit an application for graduation via the "Apply for Graduation" link in the WINGS Student Center as soon as the student has registered for his or her final semester or summer term in residence. December and winter intersession graduates should apply by May 1. May and summer graduates should apply by December 1.

No degree will be awarded unless all requirements are fulfilled and recorded within 30 days after the official ending date of each term.

Below is a sample degree plan that can be used as a guide to identify courses required to fulfill the major and other requirements needed for degree completion. A student's actual degree plan may differ depending on the course of study selected (second major, minor, etc.). Also, this sample plan assumes readiness for each course and/or major plan, and some courses may not be offered every term. Review the course descriptions or the class timetable for course offering information.

The sample degree plans represented in this catalog are intended for first-year students entering UWL in the fall term. Students should use the Advisement Report (AR) in WINGS and work closely with their faculty advisor(s) and college dean’s office to ensure declaration and completion of all requirements in a timely manner.

General Education Program
The general education curriculum (Gen Ed) is the common educational experience for all undergraduates at UWL. Sample degree plans include Gen Ed placeholders to ensure completion of the general education requirements. Courses may be rearranged to fit the needs or recommendations of the student’s program of study. Gen Ed courses may be taken during winter term (January between the semesters) and summer to reduce the course load during regular terms (fall and spring). Students should consult with their advisor and/or the college academic services director in their college/school for assistance with course and schedule planning. Refer to the general education requirements for more specific details.

Note: at least 40 credits of the 120 credits required must be earned at the 300/400 level.

This sample degree plan does not establish a contractual agreement. It identifies the minimum requirements a student must successfully complete, to qualify for a degree, in a format intended to assist the student plan their academic career. Actual degree plans may differ.

Year 1
HIS 110 (Gen Ed World History)3Gen Ed Arts2-3
CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy - Oral)3Gen Ed Natural Lab Science4
Gen Ed Self & Society3ENG 110 or 112 (Gen Ed Literacy - Written)3
Gen Ed Math4Gen Ed Minority Cultures3
UWL 100 (Gen Ed Elective)1HIS 210, 230, 240, 250, 260, or 285 (HIS Core Course)3
 14 15
Year 2
CASSH Core Elective3Gen Ed Arts2-3
HIS 210, 230, 240, 250, 260, or 285 (HIS Core Course)3HIS 210, 230, 240, 250, 260, or 285 (HIS Core Course)3
Gen Ed Global Studies3US History Course3
Gen Ed Lang/Logical Systems3-4Gen Ed Health & Well Being3
HIS 2003Minor Course3
 15 14
Year 3
Gen Ed Hum-Lit3Gen Ed Elective3
Regional History Course13Ancient/Classical/Religions History Course3
CASSH Core Course - Natural Lab Science4Regional History Course13
Regional History Course13Minor Course3
Minor Course3CASSH Core Elective3
 16 15
Year 4
HIS 4904Minor Course3
Minor Course3US History Course3
Regional History Course13Global/Transregional History Course3
Gen Ed Elective3CASSH Core Elective3
Minor Course3Gen Ed Elective3
 16 15
Total Credits: 120

At least one of the required HIS courses must have a WGS focus.

At least two courses must be designed as writing emphasis.

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