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There are many different paths to studying history at UW-L. This page broadly describes each -- but there is much more description and information under the menu items on the left.
The History Department invites students from across the campus to enroll in our courses. Except for a few specific instances, courses listed as HIS in the course catalog are open to all UW-L students, generally without prerequisite. Courses numbered HIS 100-229 are primarily for freshmen and sophomores, while those numbered HIS 300 and above are open to sophomores, juniors, seniors, and to those freshmen who have appropriate General Education background -- that is, if they've completed sufficient lower-division courses to be comfortable with the reading and writing requirements of upper-division history courses. This includes 400-level courses; 400-level courses are not reserved for senior-level students, and in many cases they are intended for juniors, seniors, and well-prepared sophomores. A wide variety of upper-division history courses can provide useful context and understanding to support degrees from all of the colleges across the University campus. Many history courses also satisfy Writing Emphasis (WE) graduation requirements.
The History Department offers multiple courses which satisfy UW-L General Education requirements, which form the common experience for all UW-L undergraduates. The department collaborates with the entire University faculty to create courses which work towards shared goals, or learning objectives, thought to be integral to the college graduate. Either HIS-101 or HIS-102 (101 is not a prerequisite for 102) satisfies a requirement for all UW-L students; HIS-202 is another option, and additional upper-division courses can count towards other requirements.
Completed as either a B.A. or a B.S., this degree is the most comprehensive of the paths for students interested in history at UW-L.
These programs are available to those students who are choosing to specialize in one of a number of world regions or time periods.
These programs are available to those students who are choosing to specialize in one of a number of topics, methodologies or themes, which may cut across time periods or geographical regions. Currently, the three topics available are Cultural and Social History, Public and Policy History, and Religious Studies.
For many future teachers, history is a logical choice to accompany their professionalization in education. In collaboration with education departments on campus, the history department offers multiple degree options to support teacher preparation.
All of the significant divisions of the department can be completed as either a major or a minor. Most minors are 24 credits, and require the HIS-200 course.
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