2019-2020 Catalog

Publication date June 2019

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

The regional emphasis history major allows students to specialize in one region or time period from history, while still accumulating a broad foundation in the survey-level and professionalizing courses that make up the core history experience. In this regional emphasis, students can take 12 credits in a single focus area: European, Asian, U.S., Latin American, Ancient and Medieval World, or African and African Diaspora.

Courses for each region

All faculty in the department teach courses that satisfy the requirements in the regional emphasis. Consult the major requirements tab for this major to see which courses count for which region.

(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
Global-Transregional/Religions electives
Select six credits of the following:6
Ancient Literate Civilizations
Ethnic America
Peace and War
History of Feminist Thought
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
Origins of Cities
History of Women in the Ancient World
Migration and Empire: 1200-1900
Japanese Religions
The Migration Experience: 1600-present
Religion and Conflict in Modern South Asia
Selected area of focus
Select 12 credits from one selected area of focus, with no more than three credits of the 12 coming from disciplines outside the HIS department (see below for lists)12
Select six credits of electives from HIS 200/300/400 level courses (excluding HIS 490)6
Total Credits40

European focus

HIS 312Peoples and Cultures of Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union3
HIS 314The Holocaust3
HIS 331The Ancient Greek World3
HIS 332Ancient Rome and the Mediterranean3
HIS 333Christianity to 15173
HIS 339Russia and the Soviet Union3
HIS 346The Middle Ages3
HIS 348Renaissance and Reformation3
HIS 349Twentieth Century Europe3
HIS 350Great Events in France: 1750-present3
HIS 351History of France: 1750-Present3
HIS 352Germany: 1848-19893
HIS 354Spain to 17003
HIS 355England to 16033
HIS 358French Revolution3
HIS 359Women, Gender and Sexuality in Modern Europe3
HIS 373World War I3
HIS 414Ireland and the World: 1500-present3

Asian focus

HIS 316Vietnam War3
HIS 334Themes in Chinese History3
HIS 335History of China3
HIS 363Modern South Asia3
HIS 364Gandhi's India3
HIS 382Imperialism in Asia and the Pacific3
HIS 383Women in South Asia3
HIS 384The Idea of Asia3
HIS 394Modern Japan3
HIS 395Postwar Japan3
HIS 401Japanese Religions3
HIS 415Religion and Conflict in Modern South Asia3

United States focus

HIS 301Women in the Modern United States: 1890-Present3
HIS 305History of Motherhood in the United States3
HIS 306Ethnic America3
HIS 308U.S. Reform Movements3
HIS 310Native American History3
HIS 313Colonial and Revolutionary America3
HIS 316Vietnam War3
HIS 317American Environmental History3
HIS 318Exhibition Development and Design I3
HIS 319Seminar in Twentieth Century America3
HIS 320Introduction to Public and Policy History3
HIS 321Wisconsin History3
HIS 322Public Education in Wisconsin and America3
HIS 323World War II3
HIS 324Civil War and Reconstruction3
HIS 325America in the Cold War3
HIS 336Latinos in the United States: 1450-20003
HIS 337La Crosse Wisconsin in World History3
HIS 343U.S. Borderlands3
HIS 345U.S.-Latin American Relations3
HIS 347Greater Mexico3
HIS 357Crime and Punishment in America3
HIS 377U.S. Labor History3
HIS 378The American West3
HIS 390Public and Policy History Research3
HIS 391History of U.S. Environmental Policy3
HIS 393Material Culture3
HIS 40920th Century Civil Rights Movement3
HIS 41120th Century African American Urban History3
HIS 418Exhibition Development and Design II3

Latin American focus

HIS 341Nineteenth Century Latin America3
HIS 342Twentieth Century Latin America3
HIS 344Latin America: 1450-18303
HIS 345U.S.-Latin American Relations3
HIS 353Maya Civilization3
HIS 356History of Mexico3
HIS 360Women, Gender, and Sexuality in Latin America3

Middle Eastern focus

HIS 329History of Islam3
HIS 361Israeli-Palestinian Conflict3
HIS 362Human Rights and the Middle East3
HIS 365Ancient Iraq3
HIS 366Ancient Israel3
HIS 367Ancient Egypt3
HIS 368History of Babylonian Language and Culture I3
HIS 369History of Babylonian Language and Culture II3
HIS 374Ancient Turkey3
HIS 375Iran before Islam3
HIS 389Women and Gender in the Middle East3
HIS 396Ancient Syria3

African and African Diaspora focus

HIS 379African Environmental History3
HIS 380The Rwandan Genocide3
HIS 381Health and Healing in African History3
HIS 385Popular Culture in Modern Africa3
HIS 386Women and Gender in Africa3
HIS 387African Novels and History3
HIS 397African Nationalism3
HIS 398Colonial Africa3
HIS 40920th Century Civil Rights Movement3
GEO 312Geography of Africa3

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)3ENG 110 or 112 (Gen Ed Literacy - Written)3
Gen Ed Self & Society3Gen Ed Natural Lab Science4
UWL 100 (Gen Ed Elective)1Gen Ed Arts2-3
CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy - Oral)3HIS Core Course (HIS 210, 230, 240, 250, 260, or 285)3
Gen Ed Math4Gen Ed Minority Cultures3
 14 15
Year 2
HIS 2003HIS Core Course (HIS 210, 230,240,250,260, or 285)3
Gen Ed Lang/Logical Systems3-4Gen Ed Arts2-3
CASSH Core Elective3History Elective3
HIS Core Course (HIS 210, 230,240,250,260, or 285)3Gen Ed Health & Well Being3
Gen Ed Global Studies3Minor Course3
 15 14
Year 3
Minor Course3Gen Ed Elective3
Gen Ed Hum-Lit3CASSH Core Elective3
Regional History Course13Regional History Course13
CASSH Core Elective - Natural Lab Science4Minor Course3
Regional History Course13Classical World/Religion History Course3
 16 15
Year 4
Regional History Course13Minor Course3
HIS 4904History Elective3
Minor Course3Women, Gender, and Sexuality History Course3
Minor Course3CASSH Core Diversity Course3
Gen Ed Elective3Gen Ed Elective3
 16 15
Total Credits: 120

 At least two courses must be designed as writing emphasis.

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