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Description

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. 

Faculty 

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.

Introduction to Regional Emphasis: Europe

As is widely known, the cultural, social, economic, and political institutions and practices of the United States are deeply grounded in and connected to the long history of Europe.   An emphasis in European History at UWL will entail gaining a deep appreciation, knowledge, and comprehension of this history, which includes the implementation of the Magna Carta, the Protestant Reformation and Henry VIII’s formation of the Church of England, the English Civil War, the Glorious Revolution, and the Britain-centered early industrial revolution; the Reconquista (removal of Muslim rule in Spain), Columbus’ setting sail in 1492, and the Spanish Inquisition; the Scientific Revolution; and relationships between Enlightenment thought and the French Revolution of 1789. 

Students with an emphasis in European history at UWL also have the opportunity to take courses on more recent history, in which they will learn about and critically analyze, for example, a German history involving that country’s nineteenth-century unification, the later rise of Nazi power, and the Holocaust; Europe’s involvement in both World Wars, the Cold War, and the fall of the Soviet Bloc; and the formation of the European Union at a time when some perceive emerging threats to various forms of national identity on the continent, as well as to any pan-European or Western identity because of increasing immigration from Asia and Africa.

Faculty Concerned with Europe

Professor Ariel Beaujot specializes in Western Europe and British history of the nineteenth and early twentieth century; her teaching often emphasizes material objects and visual culture.  Professor Penelope K. Hardy is an historian of science, technology, and medicine; her courses frequently center the Scientific Revolution, British origins of the Industrial Revolution, and European responses to disease.  Professor Gita V. Pai teaches a course on the British Empire—a global power that once controlled one-fifth of the world’s population and a quarter of the earth’s land—and conducts research on the impact of British imperialism in South Asia. Professor Kenneth Shonk’s research has centered on Irish history; his courses often involve European history, including Irish, French and German history, embracing global themes. 

Study Asia at UWL 

If the long period from the time of Columbus' voyages to the Second World War was in particular centered on the Atlantic Ocean and the countries and regions bordering it, it may well be that more recent decades have seen a shift towards a world centered upon events and processes occurring in countries and regions bordering the Pacific and Indian Oceans. North America is on one side of the Pacific Rim; Asia is on the other. The economic booming of China as a nominally communist country thoroughly integrated in a global capitalist system; the rise of India's political, economic, and cultural power; recent crises, and political shifts in the Middle East; and the ongoing significance of Japan culturally, politically, and economically all evidence the twenty-first-century importance of a historically grounded understanding of the complex and heterogeneous continent we call Asia. Students choosing Asia as an emphasis with their history education at UWL will undoubtedly be equipped with valuable knowledge for our times.

 

Faculty Who Focus on Asia

UW-La Crosse's History Department has three faculty members who specialize in Asian history:  Professor Gerry Iguchi, Professor Heidi Morrison, and Professor Gita Pai. Professor 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 researches and teaches about the modern Middle East, with particular interests in childhood, oral history, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and memory studies. 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. 

 

 

United States

As one of the world’s leading economic, political, and military powers, the United States plays a critical role in global developments. 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, science, technology, medicine, immigration, urbanization, production, consumption, and the energy and environmental concerns of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. 

Seven professors from UWL’s History Department offer courses in United States history. Professor John Grider offers courses in Native American and Western history, labor and working-class history, and maritime history. Professor Penelope K. Hardy offers classes that consider the role of science, technology, and medicine in American history. Professor James Longhurst’s specialty is in urban history, environmental history, and the history of social movements. Professor Victor Macias-Gonzales teaches courses on US-Latin American relations and the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union. Professor Patricia Stovey specializes in courses on Wisconsin history and the history of education in the United States. Professor Tiffany Trimmer's research and teaching focuses on how La Crosse fits into US and World History, including long-distance migration, urbanization, and commodity production and consumption. Professor Jennifer Trost specializes in American reform movements, the history of crime in the United States, and the history of the criminal justice system. 

Description

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.

Faculty

 Dr. Víctor M. Macías-González teaches courses on Colonial, Nineteenth, and Twentieth-century Latin America, and Mexican history; and Dr. Timothy McAndrews teaches cross-listed courses on South American archeology in the Department of Archaeology.

Study Ancient/Medieval History at UWL


The UWL History Department is committed to covering a wide chronological breadth of historical periods. We recognize that an emphasis in studying ancient and medieval history will provide the student with a solid foundation for understanding the modern world. This can be done, for example, by studying the Code of Hammurabi, Homer’s Iliad, Egyptian Pyramid Texts, Genesis, the Venerable Bede, Magna Carta, or the Bhagavad Gita. Most of the world's major religions originated during the ancient and medieval period; these religions are still very much alive and well today. Ancient and medieval history (and the religions of the same period) also serve as an excellent tool for sharpening our skills in critical thinking by forcing us out of the assumptions and concerns of our time period and popping us into a cultural universe that is radically different from our own. In other words, they are a powerful way to combat ethnocentricity and they enhance an awareness of diversity---cultural diversity.

Faculty Who Focus on Ancient/Medieval World

UW-La Crosse's History Department has one faculty member who specializes in Ancient history: Mark Chavalas. Professor 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). Professor Gita V. Pai offers a course on the ancient Hindu text, the Bhagavad Gita. In addition, Professor David Anderson (Egypt) and Professor Timothy McAndrews (Maya) from the Archaeology Program teach courses that are cross listed with the History department. 

History Major with Regional Emphasis - Bachelor of Arts (BA)

(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 Latin American and Latino History
Survey of Ancient and Medieval Worlds
Survey of Modern Europe
Survey of Asia
Survey of the Middle East
Survey of the History of Modern Science
Survey of Modern Africa
Electives (24 credits total) 1
Regional emphasis12
Select 12 credits from one of the regions below, with no more than three of the credits coming from outside the department.
Global-transregional/religions6
Select six credits from the global-transregional/religions courses listed below.
Additional electives6
Select six credits of electives from any 200, 300, or 400-level HIS courses.
Total Credits40

Regional emphasis electives

Select 12 credits from one region.

Africa and African Diaspora
Code Title Credits
African Environmental History
Women and Gender in Africa
African Nationalism
Colonial Africa
20th Century Civil Rights Movement
British Empire
Asia
Vietnam War
History of Hinduism
Themes in Chinese History
History of China
Modern South Asia
Gandhi and the World
Imperialism in Asia and the Pacific
Women in South Asia
The Idea of Asia
Modern Japan
Postwar Japan
Japanese Religions
British Empire
Religion and Conflict in Modern South Asia
Europe
Code Title Credits
Peoples and Cultures of Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union
The Holocaust
The Ancient Greek World
Ancient Rome and the Mediterranean
Russia and the Soviet Union
The Middle Ages
Twentieth Century Europe
France and the French Empire: 1750-Present
Germany: 1848-1989
Spain to 1700
French Revolution
Women, Gender and Sexuality in Modern Europe
World War I
British Empire
Ireland and the World: 1500-present
Global Fascisms
Latin America
Nineteenth Century Latin America
Twentieth Century Latin America
Latin America: 1450-1830
U.S.-Latin American Relations
History of Mexico
Women, Gender, and Sexuality in Latin America
Middle East
Code Title Credits
History of Islam
Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Human Rights and the Middle East
Ancient Iraq
Ancient Israel
History of Babylonian Language and Culture I
History of Babylonian Language and Culture II
Ancient Turkey
Iran before Islam
Women and Gender in the Middle East
Ancient Syria
United States
Code Title Credits
Women and Gender in the Modern United States: 1890-Present
History of Motherhood in the United States
Ethnic America
U.S. Reform Movements
History of U.S. Science and Technology
Native American History
Vietnam War
American Environmental History
Exhibition Development and Design I
Seminar in Twentieth Century America
Introduction to Public and Policy History
Wisconsin History
Public Education in Wisconsin and America
World War II
Civil War and Reconstruction
America in the Cold War
Latinos in the United States: 1450-2000
La Crosse Wisconsin in World History
U.S.-Latin American Relations
Crime and Punishment in America
U.S. Labor History
The American West
Public and Policy History Research
Material Culture
20th Century Civil Rights Movement
History of Wisconsin State and Local Government
Exhibition Development and Design II
Total Credits: 12

Global-transregional/religions electives

Select six credits from the following:

Code Title Credits
Money and Crime
Ethnic America
Comic Books and History
Peace and War
World War II
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
France and the French Empire: 1750-Present
Modern South Asia
Imperialism in Asia and the Pacific
Slavery
Modern Japan
Postwar Japan
Migration and Empire: 1200-1900
British Empire
Topics in Cultural History
Ireland and the World: 1500-present
Religion and Conflict in Modern South Asia
Global Fascisms
Total Credits: 6

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 Arts 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 literary and cultural studies 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 42 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).

Declare ONE of the following tracks in the CASSH Academic Services Office in 138 Wimberly:

A. Language track

  1. Native speakers of English complete:
    Select one of the following:
    Intermediate Arabic II
    Chinese Language and Culture in Action II
    French Language and Cultures in Action II
    Intermediate Languages II
    German Language and Cultures in Action II
    Hmong Heritage Language: Intermediate
    Hmong Heritage Language: Advanced
    Intermediate Japanese II
    Russian Language and Cultures in Action II
    Spanish Language and Cultures in Action II
    Introduction to Spanish for the Health Professions
    Non-native speakers of English: score at least 80 on the La Crosse Battery of exams for non-native speakers of English; or submit a TOEFL or IELTS or DET (Duolingo English Test) score that meets the university's English language proficiency requirement for admission; or complete ESL 252 or ESL 253, and one additional course from ESL 250, ESL 251, ESL 252, ESL 253. (Contact the English as a Second Language Institute for eligibility and regulations); and
  2. Two additional courses outside of the student's major in two of the following: humanities, social sciences or fine arts.

B. Humanities track

  1. One global language course 102 or higher; and
  2. Two additional courses outside the department of the student's major from two different departments chosen from: communication studies, English, history, philosophy and race, gender, and sexuality studies (see the Advisement Report (AR) for a listing of the approved courses); and
  3. One additional course in social sciences or fine arts.

C. Fine arts track

  1. One global language course 102 or higher; and
  2. Two additional courses outside the department of the student's major from two different departments chosen from: art, music, theatre; and
  3. One additional course in social sciences or humanities.
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, 2
  5. At least 40 credits must be earned in 300/400 level courses. Transfer courses earned or transferred at the 300/400 level apply to this requirement.
  6. Complete major and minor requirements with at least a 2.00 GPA1, 2 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.

At least 40 credits of the 120 credits required must be earned at the 300/400-level. 

Note: New students and transfer students with 15 or fewer credits earned are required to take FYS 100 First-Year Seminar (3 cr.) during one of their first two semesters at UWL.

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 in planning their academic career. Actual degree plans may differ.

Year 1
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HIS 110 (Gen Ed World History)3ENG 110 or 112 (Gen Ed Literacy - Written)3
Gen Ed Self & Society3FYS 100 (Gen Ed First-Year Seminar)3
CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy - Oral)3Gen Ed Natural Lab Science4
Gen Ed Math4Gen Ed Minority Cultures3
Gen Ed Arts2-3HIS Core Course (HIS 210, 220, 230, 240, 250, 260, 280, or 285)3
 15 16
Year 2
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HIS 2003HIS Core Course (HIS 210, 220, 230, 240, 250, 260, 280, or 285)3
102+ Level Gen Ed/CASSH Core Language14Gen Ed Arts2-3
CASSH Core Course3History Elective3
Gen Ed Global Studies3Gen Ed Health & Well-Being3
HIS Core Course (HIS 210, 220, 230, 240, 250, 260, 280, or 285)3Minor Course3
 16 14
Year 3
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Minor Course3CASSH Core Course3
Gen Ed Humanistic Studies3Global-Transregional/Religions History Course3
Regional History Course23CASSH Core Course3
University Elective3Regional History Course23
Regional History Course23Minor Course3
 15 15
Year 4
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Regional History Course23Minor Course3
HIS 4904History Elective3
Minor Course3Global-Transregional/Religions History Course3
Minor Course3CASSH Core Diversity Course3
University Elective1University Elective3
 14 15
Total Credits: 120

At least two courses must be designed as writing emphasis. 

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Sample degree plan for History Major with Regional Emphasis - Bachelor of Arts (BA)

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.

At least 40 credits of the 120 credits required must be earned at the 300/400-level. 

Note: New students and transfer students with 15 or fewer credits earned are required to take FYS 100 First-Year Seminar (3 cr.) during one of their first two semesters at UWL.

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 in planning their academic career. Actual degree plans may differ.

Year 1
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HIS 110 (Gen Ed World History)3ENG 110 or 112 (Gen Ed Literacy - Written)3
Gen Ed Self & Society3FYS 100 (Gen Ed First-Year Seminar)3
CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy - Oral)3Gen Ed Natural Lab Science4
Gen Ed Math4Gen Ed Minority Cultures3
Gen Ed Arts2-3HIS Core Course (HIS 210, 220, 230, 240, 250, 260, 280, or 285)3
 15 16
Year 2
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HIS 2003HIS Core Course (HIS 210, 220, 230, 240, 250, 260, 280, or 285)3
102+ Level Gen Ed/CASSH Core Language14Gen Ed Arts2-3
CASSH Core Course3History Elective3
Gen Ed Global Studies3Gen Ed Health & Well-Being3
HIS Core Course (HIS 210, 220, 230, 240, 250, 260, 280, or 285)3Minor Course3
 16 14
Year 3
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Minor Course3CASSH Core Course3
Gen Ed Humanistic Studies3Global-Transregional/Religions History Course3
Regional History Course23CASSH Core Course3
University Elective3Regional History Course23
Regional History Course23Minor Course3
 15 15
Year 4
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Regional History Course23Minor Course3
HIS 4904History Elective3
Minor Course3Global-Transregional/Religions History Course3
Minor Course3CASSH Core Diversity Course3
University Elective1University Elective3
 14 15
Total Credits: 120

At least two courses must be designed as writing emphasis. 

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