History Major with Topical Emphasis - Bachelor of Science (BS)
What is a topical emphasis in cultural and social history?
Students in UW-La Crosse History Department's history major with topical emphasis in cultural and social history will study the history of cultural and social forces embodied in movements and organizations; art, literature, and film; areas of human experience including apparel, architecture, and culinary practices; and the various commercial media inundating our daily lives. Our students will learn how social and cultural phenomena have historically affected and structured our material and intellectual environment in connection with ethical concerns involving political and economic questions.
In general, the History Department's cultural and social history emphasis will help students develop and make tangible the kinds of relatively intangible skills prospective employers and professional and graduate school admissions committees will value: problem solving, analytical and creative thinking, research skills, the ability to express oneself and one's thoughts clearly and persuasively both verbally and in writing, intercultural communication skills, and the capacity to address immediate concerns with the kind of "big picture" perspective that a historically grounded education provides.
The History Department will particularly encourage students in topical emphases to apply for and undertake internships with organizations and businesses related to individual students' interests, concerns, and plans. Our faculty will work with students, helping to place them in intern positions that will be of genuine value with respect to their intellectual and professional development. Internships along these lines will help students get their "foot in the door" in areas of prospective post-graduation employment and professional development.
What really sets apart the three new topical emphases including cultural and social history is that faculty will work with students to produce portfolios packaging and showcasing the aptitudes and skills they develop over the courses of their undergraduate education. To some, abilities obtained and developed through a traditional liberal education, such as analytical and creative thinking, may seem abstract and without specific content, being notoriously difficult to measure and assess through means such as standardized testing. However, cultural and social history students' portfolios are where their skills, aptitudes, and abilities will become manifestly palpable and concrete.
What is a topical emphasis in public and policy history?
A topical emphasis in public and policy history refers to scholarly work that seeks out audiences beyond the classroom and the academic journal. While professional historians may study a vast array of time periods, peoples, and topics, public and policy history is distinct in that it seeks to spread that research to broader audiences, and also to take as its subject of study those attempts to connect history to the people. Public history might include museums and memorials, oral history and landmarks, interpretive signage and educational outreach, heritage and cultural institutions. Policy history could be described as the study of past decision making or government institutions, with an intended audience of present-day representatives from those same groups, and might include topics or audiences in state legislatures or county government, prisons and courts, government social or environmental agencies, or the like.
What is a topical emphasis in religious studies?
Students in the UW-L History Department’s history major with topical emphasis in religious studies will have an opportunity to study the fascinating phenomenon of religion from a variety of disciplinary perspectives with course offerings in the Departments of History, Philosophy, Sociology, Anthropology, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. The religious studies emphasis challenges students to question common stereotypes about religion and religious people, to become aware of the multiple roles and functions religion plays in human cultural life, and to both critically scrutinize and emphatically understand the rationales that have shaped the wide variety of religious world views, behaviors, and experiences that humans have used in the course of constructing, maintaining, and inhabiting their cultural worlds. In these ways, the religious studies emphasis sharpens students’ awareness of and understanding of human cultural diversity and prepares them for responsible global citizenship in a religiously pluralistic world.
(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|
|The Asian World|
|Survey of the Middle East|
|Survey of Modern African History|
|Regional/world cultural zones|
|Select six credits from the following:||6|
|Aspects of Chinese History|
|History of China|
|Modern South Asia|
|Imperialism in Asia and the Pacific|
|Modern Japanese History|
|Postwar Japanese History|
|Religious Conflict in Modern South Asia|
|Nineteenth Century Latin America|
|Twentieth Century Latin America|
|Colonial Latin America|
|A History of Greater Mexico|
|History of Mexico|
|Peace and War|
|Peoples and Cultures of Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union|
|Russia and the Soviet Union|
|The Middle Ages|
|Renaissance and Reformation|
|Twentieth Century Europe|
|Episodes in French History|
|History of France: 1750-Present|
|Spain to 1700|
|England to 1603|
|World War I|
|Modern African History|
|African Novels and History|
|Social History of African Nationalist Movements|
|Social History of Colonial Africa|
|Select one of the three following emphases, with no more than six credits of that 18 coming from disciplines outside the department of history (see below)||18|
Cultural and social history
|HIS 311||Peace and War||3|
|HIS 387||African Novels and History||3|
|HIS 392||History Through Film||3|
|HIS 397||Social History of African Nationalist Movements||3|
|HIS 398||Social History of Colonial Africa||3|
|HIS 404||Migration and Empire||3|
|HIS 405||The Migration Experience: 1600-present||3|
|HIS 406||Topics in Social History||3|
|HIS 407||Government and Society||3|
|HIS 413||Topics in Cultural History||3|
|HIS 450||History Internship/Field Experience||3-12|
|ENG 301||Foundations for Literary Studies||4|
|ENG 348||Studies in Film Literature||4|
|WGS 373||Gender and Human Rights||3|
|WGS/SOC 375||Lesbian Studies||3|
|ART 251||Art History I: History of Art & Visual Culture||3|
|ART 252||Art History II: Global, Local, and Contemporary Art||3|
|ART 301||World Art||3|
Public and policy history
|HIS 320||Introduction to Public and Policy History||3|
|HIS 322||History of Public Education in United States||3|
|HIS 391||History of Environmental Policy in the United States||3|
|HIS 393||Material Culture||3|
|HIS 407||Government and Society||3|
|HIS 450||History Internship/Field Experience||3-12|
|PUB 210||Introduction to Public Administration||3|
|PUB 330||Public Policy||3|
|PUB 334||Health Policy||3|
|PUB 338||Environmental Policy||3|
|GEO 385||Introduction to Geographic Information System and Science 1||3|
|ENG 314||Grant Writing 1||3|
|ENG 327||Publishing in a Digital Age 1||3|
|ENG 335||Introduction to Professional Writing 1||3|
|ARC 300||Cultural Resources Management 1||3|
Technical skills courses: Students are encouraged to complete three credits or more from this subset of courses.
|HIS 205||Ethics and Religion||3|
|HIS 326||Modern Christianity||3|
|HIS 327||History of Buddhism||3|
|HIS 328||History of Hinduism||3|
|HIS 329||History of Islam||3|
|HIS 330||History of Religions||3|
|HIS 333||Christianity to 1517||3|
|HIS 401||History and Japanese Religions||3|
|HIS 415||Religious Conflict in Modern South Asia||3|
|HIS 450||History Internship/Field Experience||3-12|
|SOC 315||Religion and Society||3|
|ANT 320||Rites, Rituals and Ceremonies||3|
|WGS 330/SOC 399||Topics: Women, Gender, and Society||1-3|
|PHL 331||Philosophy of Religion||3|
|PHL 336||International Multicultural Philosophy||3|
|PHL 349||Asian Philosophy||3|
|PHL 352||Chinese Philosophy||3|
|PHL 360||Zen Buddhism||3|
|PHL 431||Advanced Philosophy of Religion||3|
Writing portfolio requirement
To be certified for graduation in the history major with topical emphasis, students must submit and have approved a portfolio of professional writing especially geared towards their intended career path. Students must submit writing portfolios by the middle of the semester in which they intend to graduate. Specific deadlines, item requirements, and submission directions are posted on the department website. The list of required material will be different for each of the emphases. The submitted portfolio may include items of coursework completed during the student's undergraduate career, but might also require the production of additional materials. The materials might include a curriculum vitae or résumé, grant applications, a document written for a public audience, a sample of academic writing, or cover letters for job applications.
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 Liberal Studies (CLS/SAC) 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 or in a modern language must earn a Bachelor of Arts degree (education majors earn a Bachelor of Science degree).
- Students majoring in other CLS programs may choose either a B.A. or a B.S. degree.
- Language courses (CHI, FRE, GER, RUS, SPA, MLG) 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 CLS designated diversity course.
- Applicable courses may be found on the CLS 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 (CHI, FRE, GER, RUS, SPA, MLG) 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 CLS alternative (ENV 201, PHL 334, PHL 339); and
- One additional course in humanities or fine arts or complete a modern language course 102 level or higher.
In addition to all other College of Liberal Studies core requirements, all students in CLS 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 (senior college) level courses. Courses earned at the 100/200 level that transferred to UWL as 300/400 level courses do not apply to this requirement nor do courses from two-year schools.
- 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 assistant to the dean of their college 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 101 or 102 (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 Minority Cultures||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 Arts||2-3|
|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|
|CLS Core Elective||3||History Topical Emphasis Course2||3|
|Gen Ed Global Studies||3||Gen Ed Health & Well Being||3|
|HIS Core Course (HIS 210, 230,240,250,260, or 285)||3||Minor Course||3|
|Minor Course||3||University Elective||3|
|Gen Ed Hum-Lit||3||Regional History Course1||3|
|History Topical Emphasis Course2||3||CLS Core Course||3|
|CLS Core Course - Natural Lab Science||4||History Topical Emphasis Course2||3|
|Regional History Course1||3||Minor Course||3|
|History Topical Emphasis Course2||3||Minor Course||3|
|HIS 490||4||History Topical Emphasis Course2||3|
|Minor Course||3||History Topical Emphasis Course2||3|
|Minor Course||3||CLS Core Diversity Elective||3|
|Gen Ed Elective||3||Gen Ed Elective||3|
|Total Credits: 120|
Complete six credits from the following Regional/World Cultural Zones: Asia, Europe, Latin America, or Africa.
Complete 18 credits from one of the following three emphasis areas (six of the 18 credits coming from disciplines outside the Department of History): cultural and social history; public and policy history; or religious studies.
A writing portfolio is required.
At least two courses must be designed as writing emphasis.