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)
|HIS 200||Historiography and Historical Methods||3|
|HIS 490||History Research Seminar||4|
|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 six credits of the following:||6|
|Ancient Literate Civilizations|
|Peace and War|
|History of Feminist Thought|
|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|
|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|
|HIS 312||Peoples and Cultures of Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union||3|
|HIS 314||The Holocaust||3|
|HIS 331||The Ancient Greek World||3|
|HIS 332||Ancient Rome and the Mediterranean||3|
|HIS 333||Christianity to 1517||3|
|HIS 339||Russia and the Soviet Union||3|
|HIS 346||The Middle Ages||3|
|HIS 348||Renaissance and Reformation||3|
|HIS 349||Twentieth Century Europe||3|
|HIS 350||Great Events in France: 1750-present||3|
|HIS 351||History of France: 1750-Present||3|
|HIS 352||Germany: 1848-1989||3|
|HIS 354||Spain to 1700||3|
|HIS 355||England to 1603||3|
|HIS 358||French Revolution||3|
|HIS 359||Women, Gender and Sexuality in Modern Europe||3|
|HIS 373||World War I||3|
|HIS 414||Ireland and the World: 1500-present||3|
|HIS 316||Vietnam War||3|
|HIS 334||Themes in Chinese History||3|
|HIS 335||History of China||3|
|HIS 363||Modern South Asia||3|
|HIS 364||Gandhi's India||3|
|HIS 382||Imperialism in Asia and the Pacific||3|
|HIS 383||Women in South Asia||3|
|HIS 384||The Idea of Asia||3|
|HIS 394||Modern Japan||3|
|HIS 395||Postwar Japan||3|
|HIS 401||Japanese Religions||3|
|HIS 415||Religion and Conflict in Modern South Asia||3|
United States focus
|HIS 301||Women in the Modern United States: 1890-Present||3|
|HIS 305||History of Motherhood in the United States||3|
|HIS 306||Ethnic America||3|
|HIS 308||U.S. Reform Movements||3|
|HIS 310||Native American History||3|
|HIS 313||Colonial and Revolutionary America||3|
|HIS 316||Vietnam War||3|
|HIS 317||American Environmental History||3|
|HIS 318||Exhibition Development and Design I||3|
|HIS 319||Seminar in Twentieth Century America||3|
|HIS 320||Introduction to Public and Policy History||3|
|HIS 321||Wisconsin History||3|
|HIS 322||Public Education in Wisconsin and America||3|
|HIS 323||World War II||3|
|HIS 324||Civil War and Reconstruction||3|
|HIS 325||America in the Cold War||3|
|HIS 336||Latinos in the United States: 1450-2000||3|
|HIS 337||La Crosse Wisconsin in World History||3|
|HIS 343||U.S. Borderlands||3|
|HIS 345||U.S.-Latin American Relations||3|
|HIS 347||Greater Mexico||3|
|HIS 357||Crime and Punishment in America||3|
|HIS 377||U.S. Labor History||3|
|HIS 378||The American West||3|
|HIS 390||Public and Policy History Research||3|
|HIS 391||History of U.S. Environmental Policy||3|
|HIS 393||Material Culture||3|
|HIS 409||20th Century Civil Rights Movement||3|
|HIS 411||20th Century African American Urban History||3|
|HIS 418||Exhibition Development and Design II||3|
Latin American focus
|HIS 341||Nineteenth Century Latin America||3|
|HIS 342||Twentieth Century Latin America||3|
|HIS 344||Latin America: 1450-1830||3|
|HIS 345||U.S.-Latin American Relations||3|
|HIS 353||Maya Civilization||3|
|HIS 356||History of Mexico||3|
|HIS 360||Women, Gender, and Sexuality in Latin America||3|
Middle Eastern focus
|HIS 329||History of Islam||3|
|HIS 361||Israeli-Palestinian Conflict||3|
|HIS 362||Human Rights and the Middle East||3|
|HIS 365||Ancient Iraq||3|
|HIS 366||Ancient Israel||3|
|HIS 367||Ancient Egypt||3|
|HIS 368||History of Babylonian Language and Culture I||3|
|HIS 369||History of Babylonian Language and Culture II||3|
|HIS 374||Ancient Turkey||3|
|HIS 375||Iran before Islam||3|
|HIS 389||Women and Gender in the Middle East||3|
|HIS 396||Ancient Syria||3|
African and African Diaspora focus
|HIS 379||African Environmental History||3|
|HIS 380||The Rwandan Genocide||3|
|HIS 381||Health and Healing in African History||3|
|HIS 385||Popular Culture in Modern Africa||3|
|HIS 386||Women and Gender in Africa||3|
|HIS 387||African Novels and History||3|
|HIS 397||African Nationalism||3|
|HIS 398||Colonial Africa||3|
|HIS 409||20th Century Civil Rights Movement||3|
|GEO 312||Geography of Africa||3|
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:
- 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.
- Students majoring in other CASSH programs may choose either a B.A. or a B.S. degree.
- 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.
- All other courses used to meet the requirements below must be in addition to the minimum 39 credits required in the General Education Program.
- At least one course in the B.A. or B.S. college degree program (core requirements) must be a CASSH designated diversity course.
- 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:
- A lab science course (from the general education list); and
- A social science course; and
- Another social science or general education natural science, or math course, or an approved CASSH alternative (ENV 201, PHL 334, PHL 339); and
- 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:
- Complete a minor (or second major) outside of the student's major program, consisting of at least 18 credits; or
- 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
- 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:
- Fulfill the general education requirements.
- Complete at least one ethnic studies (diversity) course.
- 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.)
- Earn a minimum of 120 semester credits with at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA.1
- 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.
- Complete major and minor requirements with at least a 2.00 GPA1 in each major and minor (and concentration or emphasis, if selected).
- A minimum of 30 semester credits in residence at UWL is required for graduation. (See undergraduate resident requirement.)
- 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.
Grade point average requirements for some programs will be considerably higher than 2.00. Re-entering students may be required to earn credits in excess of the 120 needed for graduation in any curriculum in order to replace credits earned in courses in which the content has changed substantially in recent years. Each case will be judged on its own merit.
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.
|HIS 110 (Gen Ed World History)||3||ENG 110 or 112 (Gen Ed Literacy - Written)||3|
|Gen Ed Self & Society||3||Gen Ed Natural Lab Science||4|
|UWL 100 (Gen Ed Elective)||1||Gen Ed Arts||2-3|
|CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy - Oral)||3||HIS Core Course (HIS 210, 230, 240, 250, 260, or 285)||3|
|Gen Ed Math||4||Gen Ed Minority Cultures||3|
|HIS 200||3||HIS Core Course (HIS 210, 230,240,250,260, or 285)||3|
|Gen Ed Lang/Logical Systems||3-4||Gen Ed Arts||2-3|
|CASSH Core Elective||3||History Elective||3|
|HIS Core Course (HIS 210, 230,240,250,260, or 285)||3||Gen Ed Health & Well Being||3|
|Gen Ed Global Studies||3||Minor Course||3|
|Minor Course||3||Gen Ed Elective||3|
|Gen Ed Hum-Lit||3||CASSH Core Elective||3|
|Regional History Course1||3||Regional History Course1||3|
|CASSH Core Elective - Natural Lab Science||4||Minor Course||3|
|Regional History Course1||3||Classical World/Religion History Course||3|
|Regional History Course1||3||Minor Course||3|
|HIS 490||4||History Elective||3|
|Minor Course||3||Women, Gender, and Sexuality History Course||3|
|Minor Course||3||CASSH Core Diversity Course||3|
|Gen Ed Elective||3||Gen Ed Elective||3|
|Total Credits: 120|
At least two courses must be designed as writing emphasis.
Complete 12 credits of regional coursework from one of the following focus areas: European, Asian, United States, Latin America, Ancient/Medieval, or African/African Diaspora.