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The regional emphasis history degree 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 on a single area -- European, Asian, U.S., or Latin American history, or the history of the Ancient and Medieval World.
All faculty in the department teach courses that satisfy the requirements in the regional emphasis -- consult the undergraduate catalog to see which courses count for which region.
UW-La Crosse's History Department has four faculty members who specialize in Asian history: Deborah Buffton, Gerry Iguchi, Heidi Morrison, and Gita Pai. Professor Buffton specializes in both Chinese history and European history, and she combines these regional focuses with her interest in human rights and peace and war. Gerry Iguchi's research and teaching is focused on post-1868, modern Japan, especially with regard to religions, culinary arts, and Japanese relationships with the rest of Asia on the one hand, and Japanese connections with the West (North America and Europe) on the other. Professor Morrison is an authority on the historical development of the concept of childhood in the Middle East, and she is becoming increasingly interested in the history of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Professor Pai's regional focus is South Asia (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, and Nepal) and she teaches courses and does research on the long history of Hindu religiosity in practice at specific sites, Gandhi, British imperialism, and contemporary South Asia.
As the world’s leading economic, political, and military power, the United States plays a critical role in global developments and understanding the historical developments that shaped this nation provides a deeper understanding, not only of the United States, but of the world as a whole. The United States history emphasis at UWL provides students with the opportunity to study crucial historical issues from both the distant and more recent past. United States history courses at UWL cover a wide range of topics that trace United States history from pre-Columbian Native America through colonization, the American Revolution, slavery, westward expansion, the Civil War, Industrialization, the World Wars, the Great Depression, the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement, and the energy and environmental concerns of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Six professors from UWL’s History Department offer courses in United States history. Professor Charles lee specializes in colonial history, nineteenth century history, and the history of Wisconsin. Professor Victor Macias-Gonzales teaches courses on US-Latin American relations and the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union. Professor James Longhurst’s specialty is in urban history, environmental history, and the history of social movements. Professor Jennifer Trost specializes in American reform movements, the history of crime in the United States, and the history of the criminal justice system. Professor John Grider offers courses in Native American and Western history, labor and working-class history, and maritime history. Professor Patricia Stovey specializes in courses on Wisconsin history and the history of education in the United States.
Latin American history will prepare you to work globally and locally with diverse populations, and to gain perspective on the legacy of inequity, racism, and colonialism in the region, as well as the promising developments of revolutionary, leftist, and feminist ideas. History majors with a regional emphasis on Latin America can explore the past of a region that is attracting much interest of scholars, artists, politicians, and investors. You may take courses that survey the past of the entire region, or take specialized courses on Mexico, the Latina/o experience in the U.S.; women, gender and sexuality; or diplomacy and international relations.
Courses in the Latin American regional emphasis (341, 342, 344, 347, 356, and 360) focus on the cultural and social history of Spanish-speaking Latin America since 1492, although Brazilian and Haitian history is also covered. Most courses analyze classic Latin American literature in addition to primary texts, artwork, and the latest historical and interdisciplinary scholarship on Latin America. Other courses in European and American regional emphasis may interest students of Latin America history, including HIS 354 (Spain to 1700), HIS 345 (US-Latin American Relations) and HIS 336 (Hispanics in the U.S.)
It is strongly recommended-although not required-that you also complete training in Spanish to gain a competitive edge in the job market-and to complete an Undergraduate Research and Creativity Project during your junior year in order to be a more competitive candidate for graduate and professional programs.
Career opportunities for history majors with an emphasis on Latin America may be found in the foreign service, international business, teaching, health, and for organizations in the public and private sector with operations in Latin America or in regions of the U.S. with a Latina/o or Hispanic population. The research, writing, and analytic skills developed in Latin American history courses are good training for graduate and professional training in the law, library science, social sciences, humanities, business administration, and health.
Dr. Víctor M. Macías-González teaches courses on Colonial, Nineteenth, and Twentieth-century Latin America, and Mexican history; Dr. Shelley Sinclair teaches courses on the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands; and Dr. Timothy McAndrews teaches cross-listed courses on South American archeology in the Department of Sociology/Archaeology.
UW-La Crosse's History Department has three faculty members who specialize in Ancient and Medieval history: Shelley Sinclair, Jess Hollenback, and Mark Chavalas. Professor Sinclair's focus is medieval and Renaissance Europe, including courses in the Middle Ages, medieval England and Spain, the Age of Crusade, and the Renaissance/Reformation era. Dr. Hollenback teaches a variety of history courses on the topic of religion that focus heavily on the ancient and medieval periods of their development, specifically, courses in the histories of Hinduism, Buddhism, early Christianity, Christianity since 1517, Islam, and the history of religions. Dr. Chavalas teaches courses on Ancient Mesopotamia (Iraq), Egypt, Israel, Turkey (Anatolia), Iran before Islam, Greece, Rome, Syria, Women in the Ancient World, and two courses on the Akkadian language (Babylonian). In addition, Dr. Anderson (Egypt) and Dr. McAndrews (Maya) from the Archaeology Program teach courses that are cross listed with the History department.