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Prof. Ken Shonk teaching a social studies education course in 2014.

The History Department works closely with other divisions on campus on several different paths to provide a background in history for future teachers.  The two major options are the History Education Major, and the Social Studies Education Major, also known as the Broadfield Major. 

Students on these paths will need to keep track of requirements within the History Department, and also within their chosen educational program.  Wherever possible, the History Department works to respond to the needs of future educators, while preparing them with current knowledge and methods from the historical profession.  A variety of programs in the department -- National History DayPhi Alpha Theta, and preparation for the PRAXIS exams -- respond to the unique needs of future educators.

The History Education major, intended for those who intend to seek certification in Early Adolescence - Adolescence, provides a grounding in the core courses of the history major, as well as a foundation in four categories of history covering much of the world and its time periods.  This program also requires the completion of HIS-408, specifically for future teachers, and some additional courses required by state statute.

Generally known as the Broadfield Social Studies program, this path to a degree allows students to complete coursework in a broad range of social studies fields across campus, while still accumulating credits in one central department.  The two options of this program allow students a choice: they can earn one major and amass 20 credits in a range of other disciplines (Option A); or they can earn a minor in one program, and accumulate an even larger number of credits from those other disciplines.  The BFSS program is a very clever solution to the problem of academic over-specialization: it allows future teachers to graduate without pigeon-holing them into a single specialty.  Instead, they can take a wide variety of courses in many social science disciplines, thus preparing them for the varied and diverse teaching requirements of secondary education.

History Education Major (Early Adolescence-Adolescence Certification) - Bachelor of Science (BS)

Admission requirements for STEP Program

(Teacher certification program: early adolescence-adolescence)

44 credits

Core requirements
HIS 200Historiography and Historical Methods3
HIS 408Teaching and Learning History and Social Studies in the Secondary School4
HIS 490History Research Seminar4
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 24 credits from the following four categories:
History of women, gender and sexuality (see below)3
U.S. history (see below)6
Regional/world cultural zones (see below)12
Classical world/religions (see below)3
Total Credits44

History of women, gender and sexuality

Code Title Credits
Select three credits of the following:3
Women in the Modern United States: 1890-Present
History of Motherhood in the United States
History of Feminist Thought
Women, Gender and Sexuality in Modern Europe
Women, Gender, and Sexuality in Latin America
History of Women in the Ancient World
Women and Gender in Africa
Women and Gender in the Middle East
Total Credits3

U.S. history

Select six credits of the following:6
Ethnic America
U.S. Reform Movements
Native American History
Colonial and Revolutionary America
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. Borderlands
U.S.-Latin American Relations
Greater Mexico
U.S. Labor History
The American West
Material Culture
20th Century Civil Rights Movement
20th Century African American Urban History
Exhibition Development and Design II
Total Credits6

Regional/world cultural zones

Select three credits of the following:3
Vietnam War
Themes in Chinese History
History of China
Sugar, Coffee, Rubber, Bananas: Commodities in World History
Modern South Asia
Migration and Empire: 1200-1900
The Migration Experience: 1600-present
Religion and Conflict in Modern South Asia
Latin America
Select three credits of the following:3
Sugar, Coffee, Rubber, Bananas: Commodities in World History
Nineteenth Century Latin America
Twentieth Century Latin America
Latin America: 1450-1830
History of Mexico
Migration and Empire: 1200-1900
The Migration Experience: 1600-present
Select three credits of the following:3
Peace and War
Peoples and Cultures of Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union
The Holocaust
Sugar, Coffee, Rubber, Bananas: Commodities in World History
Russia and the Soviet Union
The Middle Ages
Renaissance and Reformation
Twentieth Century Europe
Great Events in France: 1750-present
History of France: 1750-Present
Germany: 1848-1989
Spain to 1700
England to 1603
French Revolution
World War I
Migration and Empire: 1200-1900
The Migration Experience: 1600-present
Select three credits of the following:3
Sugar, Coffee, Rubber, Bananas: Commodities in World History
Popular Culture in Modern Africa
African Novels and History
African Nationalism
Colonial Africa
Migration and Empire: 1200-1900
The Migration Experience: 1600-present

Classical world/religions

Code Title Credits
Select three credits of the following:3
Ancient Literate Civilizations
Modern Christianity
History of Buddhism
History of Hinduism
History of Islam
History of Religions
The Ancient Greek World
Ancient Rome and the Mediterranean
Christianity to 1517
Origins of Cities
Maya Civilization
Ancient Iraq
Ancient Israel
Ancient Egypt
Ancient Turkey
Ancient Syria
Japanese Religions
Religion and Conflict in Modern South Asia

Teacher certification candidates must also complete GEO 200 Conservation of Global Environments (3 cr.) and EFN 200 Cooperatives (1 cr.) to fulfill statutory licensing requirements (credits do not count toward the history education major).

An official Praxis Subject Assessment (formerly PRAXIS II) score in content area is required, or candidate must meet GPA requirements for certified content subject areas.

Additional teacher education requirements are listed in the STEP program core.

All teacher education students must complete the general education, School of Education, 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.

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
  5. 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.
  6. Complete major and minor requirements with at least a 2.00 GPA1 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.

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.

Year 1
HIS 110 (Gen Ed World Hist)3Gen Ed Health & Well Being3
ENG 110 or 112 (Gen Ed Literacy-Written)3CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy-Oral)3
Gen Ed Math4Gen Ed Natural Lab Science-Physical4
EDS 203 (Gen Ed Self & Society)3Gen Ed Elective3
Gen Ed Arts2-3GEO 200 (Gen Ed Global Studies)3
 15 16
Year 2
EDS 206 (Gen Ed Minority Cultures)3HIS 210, 230, 240, 250, 260, or 285 (HIS Core Course)3
HIS 2003Gen Ed Hum-Lit3
MIC 100 or BIO 100 (Gen Ed Natural Lab Science-Life)4PSY 2123
HIS Classical World/Religion Course3Gen Ed Math/Lang/Logical Systems3-4
HIS 210, 230, 240, 250, 260, or 285 (HIS Core Course)3EDS 3092
 16 15
Year 3
HIS Regional Course (Africa, Asia, Europe, or Latin America)3HIS 210, 230, 240, 250, 260, or 285 (HIS Core Course)3
US History Course3HIS Regional Course (Africa, Asia, Europe, or Latin America)3
HIS Regional Course (Africa, Asia, Europe, or Latin America)3HIS 4904
EFN 2001SPE 4013
PSY 3703EDS 3514
Apply to the STEP Program1  
 13 17
Year 4
US History Course3EDS 49411
Gen Ed Arts2-3EDS 49221
HIS Regional Course (Africa, Asia, Europe, or Latin America)3 
HIS of Women, Gender and Sexuality Course3 
HIS 4084 
 16 12
Total Credits: 120

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