2019 Fall Term
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HISTORY THROUGH FILM
This variable-topics course will introduce students to selected historical themes depicted by popular film. Students will watch and deconstruct popular historical films within the larger context of scholarly analysis of a particular historic period or event. Evaluation will be based on a variety of essay and objective exams. As well, in-class discussion will form a significant basis for evaluation. Repeatable.
AMERICAN HISTORY TO 1877 (DV) (GH)
An introduction to the study of American history with emphasis on the evolution of economic, political, social and cultural values and institutions from colonization through the Civil War era.
THE EAST ASIAN TRADITION
An introduction to the intellectual, social, and political traditions of China and Japan up to about 1800. The course will analyze the Confucian tradition, Chinese administrative systems, and the dynastic cycle. Japanese cultural and political development will also be discussed.
An examination of the social, cultural, political and economic forces that have shaped Western civilization from early ancient Mediterranean cultures to the eighteenth century.
HISTORY OF MODERN EUROPE
A study of European civilizations from the eighteenth century to the present, analyzing the social, economic, political and intellectual forces that have shaped contemporary values, problems and institutions. This course taken in conjunction with HISTORY 154 provides a complete survey of Western civilization.
NORTH AMERICAN ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY
This course will examine human interaction with the natural environment in North America between roughly 1400 and the present. Special attention will be paid to the twentieth century. It will also explore the ways in which people have historically defined, used, and modified nature to suit their needs and interests.
This course provides an introduction to the methods historians use to study the past. Through short assignments and quizzes, students will develop their skills in critically reading, analyzing, and researching historical topics. The emphasis is on basic research skills including information literacy and citations.
CRITICAL ISSUES (GH)
This course examines new historical themes each semester with an expert in the field. In a small seminar setting, classes will focus on discussion of a variety of different kinds of historical sources and provide the opportunity for students to carry out their research project on the topic.
AMERICA IN PROSPERITY, DEPRESSION AND WORLD WAR II, 1919-1945
An analysis of the political, economic and social trends in the United States during the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, and American participation in World War II.
HMONG AMERICANS: HISTORICAL AND CONTEMPORARY ISSUES (DV)(GE)
This course focuses on the history, culture, and contemporary life of Hmong Americans. In addition to exploring their origins and history in China and Southeast Asia, this course investigates the ways in which race, class, gender, and sexuality have shaped the social, cultural, economic, and political transformations in the Hmong communities since their immigration to America after the Vietnam War.
A study of Wisconsin from its first settlement to the present day with emphasis upon the late nineteenth century and the twentieth century.
RACE, ROCK & ROLL AND AMERICAN HISTORY (DV)(GH)
This course explores the history of rock music in America as a lens into race and ethnicity. It also uses the study of rock to teach methods of historical practice. Topics will include slave musical traditions, 19th century European ethnic and African-influenced music, the blues, jazz and modern rock
ARAB-ISRAELI CONFLICT, 1900-PRESENT
This course is an undergraduate survey of the Arab-Israeli conflict from the birth of Zionism during the turn of the 20th century until the present. This course will also focus on the political, socio-economic, and cultural repercussions of this conflict.
The course covers the history of Africa from the mid-19th century to the contemporary period. The course examines major problems, events, and interactions in Africa and Africa's relationship with the world. Course themes include social change, colonial experience, independence movements, post-independence governments, globalization in Aftrica, and contemporary successes and problems.
HISTORY OF MEXICO (GH)
A survey of the social, economic, political, and cultural history of Mexico from the pre-Columbian period to the present. Emphasis on the twentieth century.
FROM GODDESSES TO WITCHES: WOMEN IN PREMODERN EUROPEAN HISTORY
This course is a history of women in ancient, medieval and early modern European history, roughly the period from 4000 BCD to around 1750 CE. It focuses on the role, status and agency of women in different premodern European contexts, with particular focus on politics, culture and religion.
An examination of violent socio-political upheavals in China beginning with the White Lotus Rebellion and culminating with the Communist Revolution.
THE U.S. AT WAR IN VIETNAM
A survey of political, social and military events in two societies with different cultures. Presents a view of war in Vietnam from 1945 through 1975. Emphasis is on the war's military events, on history, and on the changes wrought in both societies as a result of the war.
THEMATIC OR REGIONAL TOPICS IN HISTORY (VARIABLE TOPIC)
Study of a major theme or region in history. The course may be defined thematically across geographical regions or by a study of a specific region overtime. The particular topic of the course will be published before registration.
STUDIES IN EUROPEAN OR US HISTORY (VARIABLE TOPIC)
Intensive study of a focused theme or topic in either European or US history close to the research interests of the faculty member. The course includes a 12 to 15-page research paper that serves as one of the artifacts for the senior history portfolio course. This is a variable topics course.
STUDIES IN AFRICA, ASIA, MIDDLE EAST OR LATIN AMERICA (VARIABLE)
Intensive study of a focused theme or topic in African, Asian, Middle Eastern, or Latin American history close to the research interests of the faculty member. The course includes a 12 to 15-page research paper that serves as one of the artifacts for the senior history portfolio course. This is a variable topics course.
Students will submit a variety of artifacts from course work from their history majors courses to a portfolio to demonstrate their level of accomplishment in skills related to the discipline of history. In addition students will also prepare materials for further education or employment such as a resume and requesting letters of reference.
PUBLIC HISTORY INTERNSHIP
Study and work with a historical agency under the direction of a faculty supervisor. May include a related research project. Students will have the opportunity to combine academic learning with practical experience in the operation of a historical agency. Repeatable for a maximum of 6 credits in the history major.
Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member. Repeatable two times for a maximum of 2 credits in major/degree.
A capstone writing seminar. Senior level History majors employ their previously completed research and analytical skills to complete a perceptive monograph.