Topical: Religious Studies

UWL History students visiting Egypt's Muhammad Ali Mosque

INTRODUCTION 

Students in the UWL History Department’s 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 empathically 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.

What sets apart the three new topical emphases in the History Department including Religious Studies is that faculty will work with students to produce portfolios packaging and showcasing their aptitudes and skills that they develop over the courses of their undergraduate education. These portfolios are where Religious Students will be able to demonstrate their skills in such areas as analytical and critical thinking which are notoriously difficult to measure and assess through means such as standardized testing. Such skills, aptitudes, and abilities will become manifestly palpable and concrete through an examination of these portfolios. 
Portfolios will contain the following items: (1) a cover letter introducing the portfolio, (2) a resume or CV, (3) a sample letter of application for a job in your intended field of work or for application to a graduate program of study, (4) samples of your best scholarly research and writing, and (5) letters of support from teachers, professors, employers, and others who have supervised and who are willing to assess students. Because of their importance, all the materials in these portfolios should be backed up in multiple sites, both print and electronic. 
Students in the Religious Studies emphasis, especially those planning on going into the ministry or religiously-based social work, are encouraged to consider the option of taking HIS 450, the internship/field experience course that is an option in all three of the topical emphases in the History Department. Students interested in this option will need to apply for and undertake professionally supervised internships with organizations and businesses related to their special areas of interest. For instance, students considering the ministry might find it helpful to work as ministerial interns working under the judicatory or synodal body of their denomination of professional interest. 

The History Department’s emphasis in Religious Studies helps students to develop a wide range of writing, thinking, and research skills that prospective employers and professional and graduate school admissions committees will find to be of great value. Some of these skills would include the ability to think critically, a keen sensitivity to cultural diversity, the ability to construct a persuasive, evidence-based argument in clear, grammatically correct English, the ability to solve problems and carry out successfully various research projects, informational literacy--the ability to locate relevant sources of information both in print and online including the ability to make efficient use of a library and its resources, the ability to make explicit the tacit assumptions embedded in a particular argument or world view, and the ability to see the “big picture, i.e., to situate contemporary problems in a wider historical and global perspective. 
A graduate from the History Department’s Religious Studies emphasis would be prepared to pursue further graduate work to prepare for a college or university-level career teaching in either the history of religions or religious studies. Students preparing for a career in the ministry would find this program an excellent preparation for seminary study towards a Master of Divinity (MDIV) degree and students considering a career related to faith-based social work would also find this program to be helpful foundation for postgraduate study and future employment in that area. Students preparing for entering into the State Department Foreign Service as diplomats or consular personnel would also find that this program would prepare them well for entry-level employment in that area. 
The Religious Studies emphasis would also provide a good liberal arts education for students planning a career in international business and marketing, publishing, journalism, and law and legal services. 

History Major with Topical 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
Topical18
Select 18 credits from one emphasis below, with no more than six of those credits coming from outside the HIS department.
Regional/world cultural zones6
Select six credits from any of the regional/world cultural zones listed below.
Total Credits40

Topical electives:

Select 18 credits from one emphasis below.

Cultural and social history
Code Title Credits
Comic Books and History
History of U.S. Science and Technology
Native American History
Peace and War
The Holocaust
Seminar in Twentieth Century America
Civil War and Reconstruction
America in the Cold War
Sugar, Coffee, Rubber, Bananas: Commodities in World History
Gandhi and the World
U.S. Labor History
The American West
Women in South Asia
The Idea of Asia
History Through Film
African Nationalism
Colonial Africa
Migration and Empire: 1200-1900
Topics in Social History
Government and Society
British Empire
Topics in Cultural History
History Internship/Field Experience
Foundations for Literary and Cultural Studies
Studies in Film and Literature
Gender and Human Rights
Survey of Art History
World Art
Public and policy history
Money and Crime
American Environmental History
Exhibition Development and Design I
Seminar in Twentieth Century America
Introduction to Public and Policy History
Public Education in Wisconsin and America
Crime and Punishment in America
Public and Policy History Research
Material Culture
Government and Society
History of Wisconsin State and Local Government
Exhibition Development and Design II
History Internship/Field Experience
Introduction to Public Administration
Public Policy
Health Policy
Environmental Policy
Geographic Information Systems and Science I
Geographic Information System and Science II 2
Writing for Management, Public Relations and the Professions
Digital Content Writing, Strategy, and Experience Design
Grant Writing 2
Publishing in a Digital Age 2
Introduction to Professional and Technical Writing 2
Cultural Resources Management 2
Religious studies
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
Maya Civilization
Gandhi and the World
Japanese Religions
Religion and Conflict in Modern South Asia
History Internship/Field Experience
Religion and Society
Rites, Rituals and Ceremonies
Special Topics in Sociology 3
Metaphysics
Philosophy of Religion
International Multicultural Philosophy
Asian Philosophy
Zen Buddhism
Total Credits: 18

Regional/world cultural zones electives

Select six credits from any of the following:

Africa and African Diaspora
African Environmental History
Women and Gender in Africa
African Nationalism
Colonial Africa
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
Religion and Conflict in Modern South Asia
Europe
Peace and War
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
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
History of Islam
Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Human Rights and the Middle East
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
Total Credits: 6

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 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 & Society3Gen Ed Natural Lab Science4
CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy - Oral)3HIS Core Course (HIS 210, 220, 230, 240, 250, 260, 280, or 285)3
Gen Ed Math4Gen Ed Minority Cultures3
Gen Ed Arts2-3FYS 100 (Gen Ed First-Year Seminar)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 Topical Emphasis Course23
HIS Core Course (HIS 210, 220, 230, 240, 250, 260, 280, or 285)3Gen Ed Health & Well Being3
Gen Ed Global Studies3Minor Course3
 16 14
Year 3
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Minor Course3CASSH Core Course3
Gen Ed Humanistic Studies3Minor Course3
History Topical Emphasis Course23History Topical Emphasis Course23
Regional/World Cultural Zones Course33Regional/World Cultural Zones Course33
University Elective3CASSH Core Course3
 15 15
Year 4
FallCreditsSpringCredits
History Topical Emphasis Course23Minor Course3
HIS 4904History Topical Emphasis Course23
Minor Course3History Topical Emphasis Course23
Minor Course3CASSH Core Diversity Course3
University Elective1University Elective3
 14 15
Total Credits: 120

A writing portfolio is required.

At least two courses must be designed as writing emphasis.

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Sample degree plan for History Major with Topical 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 & Society3Gen Ed Natural Lab Science4
CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy - Oral)3HIS Core Course (HIS 210, 220, 230, 240, 250, 260, 280, or 285)3
Gen Ed Math4Gen Ed Minority Cultures3
Gen Ed Arts2-3FYS 100 (Gen Ed First-Year Seminar)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 Topical Emphasis Course23
HIS Core Course (HIS 210, 220, 230, 240, 250, 260, 280, or 285)3Gen Ed Health & Well Being3
Gen Ed Global Studies3Minor Course3
 16 14
Year 3
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Minor Course3CASSH Core Course3
Gen Ed Humanistic Studies3Minor Course3
History Topical Emphasis Course23History Topical Emphasis Course23
Regional/World Cultural Zones Course33Regional/World Cultural Zones Course33
University Elective3CASSH Core Course3
 15 15
Year 4
FallCreditsSpringCredits
History Topical Emphasis Course23Minor Course3
HIS 4904History Topical Emphasis Course23
Minor Course3History Topical Emphasis Course23
Minor Course3CASSH Core Diversity Course3
University Elective1University Elective3
 14 15
Total Credits: 120

A writing portfolio is required.

At least two courses must be designed as writing emphasis.

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