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Each course description includes a code number indicating which history requirement is met by that course: Code 1-United States history; Code 2-European history; Code 3-African history; Code 4-Latin American history; Code 5-Asian history; Code 6-Middle Eastern history; RE-Race and Ethnicity; G-Gender. Most upper-division courses (300 to 400 designation) are offered once every two years.


111 Modern World History (3) Examines forces that bring areas of the world together, including Chinese and Ottoman trade and conquest, the consolidation of nation states like Portugal, Spain and Japan and their interactions with trade and colonization, the Columbian exchange and the impact of the New World, the slave trades from Africa and migrations to the Americas, revolutions in Europe and the Americas, colonization in Asia and Africa and nationalist movements, wars of ideology and resources: world wars, cold wars, and Middle Eastern wars. Emphasis on learning to think globally. S09


151 History of the United States Through 1877 (3) Examination of a series of questions and controversies in American history from the European conquest to the Civil War and Reconstruction. Explores issues such as immigration, industrialization, and slavery. Provides general education students and majors with an introduction to history as a field of study. Code 1. F08, S09, F09, S10


152 The United States Since 1877 (3) Examination of the ongoing issues, tensions and conflicts that resulted from the onset of industrial capitalism in the late 19th Century. Major themes include: the tension between industrial capitalism and liberty, the role conflict played in creating a more inclusive society, and greater emphasis placed on “people’s (social) history” rather than “presidents (traditional) history.” Course centers on active-dynamic learning such as focused in-class discussion, critical thinking, and analytical essay writing. Code 1. F08, S09, F09, S10


160 Arab Cultures and Civilizations (3) Introduction to contemporary society and history of the Arab peoples of the Middle East. Particularly useful to future high school teachers. Explores construction of Arab identities through the periods of the rise of Islam, the Crusades, the impact of Colonialism, the Palestine-Israeli conflicts, and the Gulf conflicts. Films. No prerequisites or previous knowledge of this area needed. Code 6. RE. F08, F09


161 African Peoples and Issues (3) Introductory course on modern Africa which covers major historical trends. Particularly useful for future high school teachers. Covers topics like the slave trade, the impact of colonialism, nationalist resistance movements, African aspirations at independence and political unity and disunity. Many films are shown and all texts are written by Africans, including autobiography, drama and novels. Code 3. S09, S10


212 The Ancient Mediterranean World (3) General-education-level course introducing students to the basic outlines of the history of the Mediterranean region -- including Greece, Rome, Spain, northern Africa, and Palestine -- from the earliest times to the Middle Ages. While investigating some key events and stories from these places and times, students learn to critically evaluate the ways these stories are re-told in our time, using actual texts and documents from the times in comparison to books and movies about those times from our day. Code 2. F09


219 History of Premodern East Asia (3) Examination of “premodern” East Asia with emphasis on: East Asian philosophical and spiritual traditions and how these traditions affected the development of East Asian civilizations; the contribution East Asia played in the development of European and world history; and to challenge Euro-centric perspectives that often view East Asia civilization as monolithic, static, and backward. Some particular themes include how Confucianism created a self-regulated society, how Chinese civilization developed and implemented a democratic ethos in government, Genghis Khan and the making of the modern world, the great treasure fleets of the Ming Dynasty, and Japanese samurai (warrior) culture. Course uses several East Asian films and documentaries as a means to understand and analyze the past through a film medium. Course centers on active-dynamic learning such as focused in-class discussion, critical thinking, and analytical essay. Code 5. F08, F10


220 History of Modern East Asia (3) Examination of East Asia in the modern period (1600 to present). Requires no prior knowledge of the region. Emphasizes how the rise of the West affected the historical development of East Asia and how East Asia responded to Western dominance. Themes include: why the powerful premodern Chinese civilization failed to meet the challenge of Western colonialism and conversely, why Japan succeeded in being the only non-western country to successfully modernize and become a great power; why race played a significant role in the Asia and Pacific theaters during World War II; how the communist revolution affected China; how Japan emerged as an economic superpower; and an examination of the Vietnam War from a Vietnamese perspective. Uses several East Asian films and documentaries as a means to understand and analyze the past through a film medium. Centers on active-dynamic learning such as focused in-class discussion, critical thinking, and analytical essays. Code 5. S09, S10


221 First Nations Wisconsin History (3) History of the native peoples of Wisconsin from prehistoric times to present. Major emphasis on the six federally recognized tribes in Wisconsin. Cross-listed as FNS 221. Code 1. F08, S10


225 Latin America since Independence (3) Introduction to major themes and issues in modern Latin American history with a focus on the question of why a region of such abundant natural wealth suffers such serious problems of poverty, inequality, and violence. Examines a variety of theories of underdevelopment and their application to Latin America. Code 4. F08, F09


230 Modern Europe-1500 to 1800 CE (3) Introductory course tracing development of European societies from the great artistic, economic, and scientific transformations at the end of the Middle Ages up to the full flowering of the “modern age” at the end of the 18th century. While the basic structure is a broad survey covering 300 years and all regions of Europe, a focus on selected key issues -- such as Renaissance art, Galileo and the Scientific Revolution, popular religion and the Witch Hysteria of the 17th century, or the Enlightenment and the French Revolution -- allows students to delve more deeply into history while also introducing them to basic questions and methods of the historical discipline. Code 2. F09


231 Contemporary Europe-1800 to 2000 CE (3) Introductory course surveying the past two centuries of “Modern” Europe. Close attention to key episodes -- like the Industrial Revolution, the artistic revolts of Romanticism and Modernism, the rise of Fascism and other “totalitarian” ideologies, and the recent collapse of the Berlin Wall -- will afford a broad overview of European developments from 1800 to the present from a variety of methodological perspectives: economic, political, social, and cultural. As an introductory level, General Education course, it introduces students to the basic questions and methods of the historical discipline. Code 2. S09, S10


240 Africa In Early Times (3) Survey-level course examines topics like Mapungubwe through archaeology, Mali through oral traditions and written documents, the Swahili coast through written documents and ethnography and the slave trade in Dahomey through fiction and art. Several films. Code 3. F08


241 Africa in Modern Times (3) Survey-level course looks at modern trends in African history after 1800, including the slave trade, colonialism, independence movements, challenges of national unity and economic and social progress. Several films. Code 3. F09


254 African-American Voices (3) Explores the African-American experience over the past two centuries with an emphasis on social and political discourse. The ideas of major political, literary, cultural and intellectual figures, as well as the content of black folk and popular culture, examined in a social and historical context. Authors include Douglass, DuBois, Hurston, Garvey, King, Malcolm X, and bell hooks. Code 1. RE. S09, S10


256 History of Wisconsin (3) Examination of major issues in the history of Wisconsin through independent research. Topics include: early contact between native peoples and Europeans; statehood and the cession of native lands; immigration and industrialization; LaFollette, progressivism, and the “Wisconsin Idea.” Serves as an introduction to historical research and writing for history majors and minors. Required of all students seeking secondary certification in history. Should ordinarily be taken in the sophomore year. Code 1 F08, F09


257 Introduction to Historical Research and Writing (3) Introduction to basic methods of research and writing the discipline of history. Each time the course is offered it will have a specific thematic focus to be chosen by the instructor. Students produce a series of short research papers on topics of their choosing that are related to the focus of the course. Either HIST 256 or HIST 257 is required of all history majors and minors. Should ordinarily be taken in the sophomore year. Code will depend upon focus chosen by instructor. S09, S10


281 The Muslim World (3) Survey-level course introduces students to a variety of topics about the Muslim world from multidisciplinary perspectives. The time and life of the prophet Muhammad, the rise of great Islamic empires, Islam and women, the spread of Islam in America and the explosion of Islamic resurgence and extremism are all topics for consideration. Code 6. S09, S10


301 Study Abroad (0-6) Field trips designed by the Social Inquiry faculty to give students direct experiences in foreign countries. Each program includes preparatory reading, orientation meetings, a faculty-supervised study tour, and a detailed written evaluation of learning situations associated with the course. With consent of the relevant program and content adaptation, programs provided by other agencies can be considered for this credit. Students must obtain approval for taking these courses prior to participation. Otherwise the course may not count. For specific degree requirements consult your advisor. Course can be repeated only if the content is different. (Regular ongoing topics: War and Peace in Bosnia.) Code 2. Every summer


306 African Archeology (3) Introduces the main topics in this field: development of early human life in Africa, origins of human civilization, the relationship of Egypt and Nubia and historical archaeology. Examines archaeological sites like Tassili, Meroe, Jenne, Aksum, Zimbabwe, Kilwa, Lamu, Igbo Ukwu, Benin and Ife to see how we move from artifacts and ruins to theories of history. The contributions of other sciences and sources of history are observed. While this course focuses on Africa, the same principles and techniques of archaeology are used to extract history from archaeology the world over. Cross-listed as ANTH 306. Code 3. F09


315 War and Peace in the Former Yugoslavia (3) An attempt to understand in historical perspective the recent conflicts in Yugoslavia. With those events and the questions they raise in the forefront, and attempting to get beyond the simplistic stereotypes which too often fill the media, the course aims to examine the historical antecedents for the warfare, the ways in which history (both real and mythical) is used to explain and justify it, and also the ways in which the conflicts are fueled not by “ancient hatreds” but rather by purely contemporary political and economic competition. A main goal is to understand the conflicts among the peoples of Yugoslavia within the context of their centuries of fruitful coexistence. Required for all participants in the War and Peace in Bosnia Study Abroad course. Code 2. RE. S09, S10


320 Workers in Industrial America (3) Workers and work in the modern United States. Topics range from the nature of the modern workplace to the impact of the labor movement. Examines the impact of industrialization on workers and work, and the efforts of working men and women to shape their working lives. Code 1. S10


321 The Sixties (3) Examines the interlocking series of social and political crises that erupted in the United States in the 1960s. Topics include: civil rights and black power, urban unrest, the Vietnam War and the anti-war movement, the youth rebellion, the rebirth of feminism, and the conservative backlash. Studies the underlying causes of upheaval as well as the decade's legacy. Code 1. S09


322 Women and Men in American Society (3) Evolution of gender roles in the United States from colonial times to present. Explores the changing roles of men and women in American society and investigates social, economic, and political factors that produce these changes. Cross-listed as WST 322. Code 1. G. F09


323 The Asian-American Experience (3) Examines the historical experience of Asian immigrants and how they developed into “Asian-Americans.” Addresses the problem of the essentialization of Asian-Americans and instead seeks to show the complexities and conflict involved in the image or construction of Asian-Americans. Deconstructs notions of race, ethnicity and discrimination and uses other categories of analysis, such as gender and class, to understand the historical experience of Asian-Americans. Code 1. RE. F09


339 Secondary Methods in Social Science Education (3) Principles and problems of teaching the social sciences at the Early Adolescence-Adolescence Level (EA-A). Emphasis on activities, lesson plans, materials, resources, and current methodology in social science education both in integrated (fusion) courses and academic discipline courses. Required for EA-A teacher certification in Social Studies, History, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education program. Cross-listed as: POLS/PSYC 339. S09, S10


350 First Nations History I (3) Examination of the history and culture of the First Nations people from their origin to the Dawes Act of 1887. Cross-listed as FNS 350. Code 1.


351 First Nations History II (3) Examination of the history and culture of the First Nations people from 1887 to the present. Special attention given to the federal government's role in administering Indian policy. Cross-listed as FNS 351. Code 1. F08, F09


363 Civil War and Reconstruction (3) Examination of the American Civil War and its aftermath emphasizing social and political history. Organized around three main questions: Why did civil war erupt in the United States in 1861? What effect did the wartime experience have on American society? What was at stake in the struggles of the Reconstruction period? Code 1. F08


368 Cultures of Mesoamerica (3) Investigates current and past cultures of Mesoamerica such as Aztec and Mayan. Employs both archaeological and ethnographic data in a lecture, readings, film and discussion format. Cross-listed as ANTH 368. ANTH 101 highly recommended. Code 4. F08, F09


369 The Shadow of Mexican Revolution (3) The revolution of 1910-1920 was the central event of modern Mexican history. Examines the revolution and its legacy with particular emphasis upon the ways in which the culture, politics, and society of contemporary Mexico have evolved in the revolution’s shadow. Code 4. S09


371 The Modern Middle East (3) Survey of topics in Middle East history such as the Ottoman Empire, the Armenian genocide, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Iranian revolution and the Gulf conflicts. Several films. Code 6. F08, F09


382 East Asia and U.S. Interactions in Historical Context (3) Examines East Asian (including Southeast Asia) and U.S. interactions at multiple levels (state-to-state, social, cultural and economic). Begins with the rise of Western imperialism in Asia in the mid-19th Century, to examining the major East Asia-U.S. wars in East Asia in the 20th Century (Philippines, Japan, China, Korea, and Vietnam), the decision to use atomic bombs against Japan, and concluding with East Asia’s development as a major economic power. Uses several East Asian films and documentaries as a means to understand and analyze the past through a film medium. Centers on active-dynamic learning such as focused in-class discussion, critical thinking, and analytical essays. Codes 1 or 5. F08


384 History of Modern China (3) Examines how China, as one of the most powerful, wealthy, and technologically advanced premodern civilizations, failed to meet the challenge of Western modernization/imperialism and in this failure, encountered a 20th Century history filled with chaos, despair, identity crisis and finally, revolution. Themes include: an examination of China¹s power before the Opium Wars, why China failed to recognize and respond to the growing power of the West, the collapse of the Qing dynasty, why the Communists, under Mao Zedong, won the civil war, and how China’s communist era affected its historical trajectory. Uses several East Asian films and documentaries as a means to understand and analyze the past through a visual medium. Centers on active-dynamic learning such as focused in-class discussion, critical thinking, and analytical essays. Code 5. S10


385 History of Modern Japan (3) Examines how Japan emerged from a feudal society to a modernized country that challenged Western domination in several arenas (militarily, economically, etc.) Focuses on four key questions: How did Tokugawa feudalism ironically spur on Japan’s modernization? Why was Japan the only non-Western country to modernize successfully? Why was race/racism central to the conflict and atrocities of World War II? And how did Japan emerge as an economic and technological superpower after its total defeat in World War II? Themes include: the role of the samurai warrior in feudal Japan, Japan’s struggles to create its own identity, the rise of Japanese militarism, the issue of atrocities in World War II, and Japan’s remarkable development as an economic superpower. Uses several East Asian films and documentaries as a means to understand and analyze the past through a film medium. Centers on active-dynamic learning such as focused in-class discussion, critical thinking, and analytical essays. Code 5. S09


392 Topics in World History (3) Required for History and Broad Field Social Studies education majors. Looks at several topics, controversies and strategies to help prepare for teaching world history. Topics range from human evolution, urbanization, world religions, and great empires and includes new perspectives on what world history ought to involve. Normally taken junior year, preferably after completing TED 200 and at least two of the codes from among Europe, Africa, Latin America, Asia or Middle East. S08, S10


403 Voices of African Women (3) Seminar-style reading course with autobiography, history, anthropology and fiction on and by African women. Considers their issues and our issues together. May cover topics like slavery and racism in Africa, the impact of colonial power on gender relations, women as revolutionaries, changing roles after independence, the impact of war, rural and urban roles, African sexual identities, the impact of globalization, gender and health issues, and women as peacemakers. Many films. Male students welcome. Cross-listed as WST 403. Code 3, G. S09


404 Voices of Arab Women (3) Reading seminar that explores the diversity of voices of Arab women on gender-related issues past and present. Interdisciplinary readings from fiction, autobiography, history and anthropology. Films. May cover topics like women during colonialism, women as liberators, the impact of education, women under occupation, Islamism and gender, sexual orientations, female Arab identities, gender and politics, health and the economy. Male students welcome. Cross-listed as WST 404. Code 6. G. S10


406 Construction of Gender in East Asia (3) Advanced seminar course examining the construction of gender in East/Southeast Asia. The construction of gender is placed into a historical context of East Asia, with emphasis on how the nation-state, the family, and war/imperialism affected gender roles and norms.  Although primarily focused on the modern period, the course examines the pre-modern context as means to assess the continuities and ruptures in gender roles. In addition, the course devotes more time to women’s perspectives because women’s voices historically have been marginalized; however, the course examines the construction of masculinity. Strong theoretical focus: construction of gender, the ideology of Orientalism, and the relationship of nationalism and gender. Extensive use of feature films and documentaries, primarily from East Asia, that complement the readings, and how to analyze film as a means to understand the construction of gender. Cross-listed as WST 406. Code 5. G F09


412 Socialism in the West: Theory and Practice (3) Introduction to the history of socialism in modern Europe and North America, both as radical theoretical critique of the existing social and political orders, and as mass movements of working people seeking immediate political and economic benefit. The primary goal is to understand -- critically, but without Cold War blinders -- the socialist idea in all its variety and diversity, how it has evolved over the course of the past two or three centuries, and its central importance in the development of today's society and government. Code 2. S10


415 The History of Nationalism in Europe (3) Introduction to the phenomenon of nationalism and its roles in the history of modern Europe. One of the two main foci is on in-depth examinations of key nationalist movements in European history like the Irish, German, and Serbian. These case studies are paired with an examination of the evolution of Western social scientists’ attempts to understand the nature of the phenomenon, from political-intellectual to sociological and anthropological perspectives. Code 2. RE. F09


421 Slavery and Prejudice (3) Reading seminar explores the relationship between the institution of slavery and race prejudice in different time periods and regions of the world. May include the United States; the Caribbean, especially Cuba; Brazil, Africa and the Middle East. No prerequisites but students need to be strong readers. Code 3. RE. F08


445 War, Film, and the Construction of Historical Memory (3) Advanced seminar examines not only “what happened,” but how we remember what happened and how our memories are shaped and channeled by popular culture. And in this century, in this country, there is no more pervasive and powerful a popular medium than film. The movies are how most people today “experience” and come to “know” history. And few parts of history are more central to any nation’s sense of self and history than war. This course examines the connection between the movies and the ways that societies around the world have constructed national memories around the war experience, using a number of popular films about war from the U.S., Germany, Japan, the Soviet Union, and other countries. A particular focus is the different constructions and representations of gender in the war movie genre: how war movies and “memories” shape ideas of femininity and masculinity in the context of the warrior, the home front, victory and defeat. Screenings of feature films complemented by short documentaries and readings in history and film theory. Code G. F08, F10


450 The Construction of Race and Nationality (3) In recent years scholarship on race and nationality has been revolutionized by a growing realization that racial and national identifies are not fixed, but rather are social constructions that are fluid and changeable. This team-taught seminar examines the social, political and cultural processes through which race and nationality are formed. Cross-listed as SOCI 450. RE. S10


460 The Holocaust in Modern Memory (3) The Holocaust, which took place over half a century ago, has never been more present than it is today. From the United States to France to Germany, Poland, Russia and Bosnia, the incantation to “Never Forget!” exercises more power today than ever before; even more than in the immediate aftermath of the war. But why should that be true?  Why is it that the memory of this particular event should have such power over generations so far removed in both time and space -- particularly when other episodes of genocidal violence, similar in scale and historical importance, play almost no role in our collective memories and consciousness? In part, this course brings to students a fuller appreciation of just what “the Holocaust” was; to understand precisely what the attempted genocide of European Jews, Roma, Poles, homosexuals, mentally ill, and others involved, and how and why it happened. While investigating those kinds of factual questions, however, the main focus is on the memory of the Holocaust as memory. Why is the Holocaust remembered? What is remembered, and what is forgotten? What are the ways in which the memories of the Holocaust are used by various societies, and how/why do they differ? Much reading and discussion focuses on different ways in which facts and memories of the Holocaust are used to draw meanings -- about Germany, about Jews, about mankind, about history -- and how those types of decisions can have profound consequences for the way a given society or group behaves and feels in the present. Code 2, RE. S09


490 Public History Internship (3) A structured field experience. Students provide 150 hours of museum, archival, or other public history work to a local organization. Students receive training and experience under the supervision of a public history professional. Permission of a supervising faculty member required. See the History Program coordinator for information. No code.


495/695 Special and Student-Initiated Seminar (1-3) This department offers a specially designed seminar or student-initiated seminar when interest warrants. In certain circumstances this course can be adapted to serve as the capstone experience. For further information see Special or Student-Initiated Seminar in the index of this catalog. Code will depend on topic selected. Instructor consent required.


496 Historiographical Research Theories and Methodologies (3) Advanced seminar in current methodological and historiographical debates and trends in the historical profession. Introduces students both to the ways in which the writing of history has evolved and changed over time, and to the wide variety of theories and methods that dominate approaches to historical research and writing today. Through focused readings and discussions, students learn to recognize and critically evaluate the underlying assumptions, starting questions, methodologies and theoretical models at work in some of the most important historical debates of the past few decades. Individual historiographical research projects serve as the first step toward the students’ primary research for their senior theses in HIST 497. Required of all History majors, and ordinarily taken in the fall of a student’s senior year. Prerequisite: at least six credits of history at 300-level or above, or instructor’s approval. F08, F09


497 Senior Thesis (3) Guided research on a selected historical topic resulting in a thesis paper. Working closely with history faculty, students move beyond engagement with the existing secondary literature on their topic to conduct their own primary research and arrive at their own findings and argument. Individual work in cooperation with a faculty thesis advisor will be balanced with collaborative discussions among all students writing theses. The capstone will be a mini-conference in which each student presents her or his research findings to peers and guests. Required of all majors not seeking secondary teaching certification. Prerequisite: HIST 496. S09, S10


498/698 Study Abroad (1-5) Field trips designed to give students direct experiences in foreign countries. Each program includes preparatory reading, orientation meetings, a faculty-supervised study tour, and a detailed written evaluation of learning situations associated with the instructor. With consent of the department chair and content adaptation, programs provided by other agencies can be considered for this credit. Code depends on region visited.


499/699 Independent Study (1-3) For advanced students majoring or minoring in History who have shown themselves capable of independent work. Each student is directed by a faculty member chosen by the student. Prerequisite: Approval of the department chair. Code will depend on topic selected.