History

https://www.uwgb.edu/history/

(Bachelor of Arts)

History is an essential guide not only to the past, but to the present and the future. We cannot understand ourselves or our world without understanding the past. History also leads us to a greater awareness of the richness and complexity of our heritage.

A thorough training in history contributes to the foundation of a complete education and can directly prepare one for professional careers in many fields such as law, business, diplomacy, government service, journalism, teaching, and public relations, as well as graduate study. History’s rigorous intellectual discipline and its emphasis on research and analysis nourish intellectual growth and critical thinking.

The History program fully supports and complements UW-Green Bay’s mission, especially interdisciplinary and practical problem-solving. History provides information and structure to many other programs, especially in the humanities and social sciences, while receiving significant impulses from these and other disciplines. History contributes importantly to problem-solving by offering assistance in the recognition, definition, and investigation of problems, exploration of alternative solutions and guidance in their implementation.

History faculty have expertise in political, social, economic, cultural and intellectual history and an excellent record in teaching and scholarship. The University supports the History program with a good library, interlibrary loan facilities, and an exceptional collection of original documents in the Area Research Center.

Students seeking information on teacher certification should contact the Education Office.

History Major Learning Outcomes

Historical Knowledge and Understanding:

  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the significance of racial, ethnic, gender, and other forms of diversity in shaping human experiences and history. 
  • Students will display a breadth of historical knowledge and understanding with one or more chronological or geographical areas of depth. 
  • Students will exhibit an appreciation of how human societies are inextricably connected with local, regional, and global ecosystems. 
  • Students will demonstrate their own understanding of the significance of studying history and of the role of historical perspectives in engaged citizenship. 
  • Students will show awareness of how different approaches to studying history shape how we understand the past. 
  • Students will show an understanding of how power, hierarchies, and social arrangements shape society.

Historical Skills: 

  • Students will display an awareness of both continuity and change over time. 
  • Students will critically evaluate and analyze diverse historical sources (oral, written, visual, and material) and interpretations. 
  • Students will be able to conduct historical research, analyze evidence, and formulate arguments using historical evidence. 
  • Students will communicate clearly and effectively with various audiences using written, oral, and digital means.

Major

Students majoring in History and pursuing DPI certification within the Education program should check with the History adviser about any special History department requirements for prospective teachers.

Supporting Courses15
American History
Choose one of the following courses:
American History to 1865
History of the United States from 1865 to the Present
Choose one of the following courses:
American Law in Historical Perspective
American History to 1865
History of the United States from 1865 to the Present
Introduction to African-American History
American Environmental History
Western and World History
Choose one of the following courses:
Foundations of Western Culture I
World Civilizations I
Choose one of the following courses:
Foundations of Western Culture II
World Civilizations II
Historical Methods
The Craft of History
Upper-Level Courses27
Seminar in History
Category I, American History
Choose one of the following courses:
Historical Perspectives on American Democracy
Topics in Democracy and Justice
All topics, excluding South Africa
Wisconsin First Nations Ethnohistory
Problems in American Thought
American Colonial History
History of Wisconsin
The Early American Republic
Topics in African American History
The U.S. and the World
U.S. Labor and the Working Class: Past and Present
History of Sexuality in the U.S.
U.S. Women's History
Voyageur Magazine Practicum
America in the Twentieth Century
Category II, European History
Choose one of the following courses:
The Middle Ages
Europe in the 19th Century
Europe in the 20th Century
Contemporary Europe
Ancient Greece
Ancient Rome
Topics in Ancient History
Topics in Medieval History
Topics in Early Modern European History
Topics in Modern European History
Category III, World History
Choose one of the following courses:
Topics in Democracy and Justice (Topic: South Africa)
Global Environmental History
The Rise of Islamic Civilization to 1800
History of Modern Africa
Topics in Medieval History (Topic: Medieval Russia)
Studies in Comparative History (Topic: Mongols)
Choose 15 credits from the following courses:
Any 300-400 History courses may be used to complete this requirement
Topics in Democracy and Justice
Wisconsin First Nations Ethnohistory
Total Credits42

Minor

Supporting Courses6
Choose one of the following courses:
American Law in Historical Perspective
American History to 1865
History of the United States from 1865 to the Present
Introduction to African-American History
American Environmental History
Choose one of the following courses:
Foundations of Western Culture I
Foundations of Western Culture II
World Civilizations I
World Civilizations II
Upper-Level Courses 112
Choose a minimum of one of the following courses:
Historical Perspectives on American Democracy
Topics in Democracy and Justice (All topics excluding South Africa.)
Wisconsin First Nations Ethnohistory
Problems in American Thought
American Colonial History
History of Wisconsin
The Early American Republic
Topics in African American History
The U.S. and the World
U.S. Labor and the Working Class: Past and Present
History of Sexuality in the U.S.
U.S. Women's History
Voyageur Magazine Practicum
America in the Twentieth Century
Choose a minimum of one of the following courses:
Topics in Democracy and Justice (Topic: South Africa)
The Middle Ages
Europe in the 19th Century
Europe in the 20th Century
Contemporary Europe
Ancient Greece
Ancient Rome
Topics in Ancient History
Topics in Medieval History
Topics in Early Modern European History
Topics in Modern European History
The Rise of Islamic Civilization to 1800
History of Modern Africa
Studies in Comparative History
Any other 300-400 History courses may be used to complete this requirement
Total Credits18

Curriculum Guide

The following curriculum guide for a four-year History degree program is subject to change without notice. Students should consult a History program advisor to ensure that they have the most accurate and up-to-date information available about a particular four-year degree option.

An example: Four year plan for History Major
120 credits necessary to graduate.
Plan is a representation and categories of classes can be switched. Check with your advisor.

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
FallCredits
HISTORY 205 American History to 1865 3
First Year Seminar 3
General Ed 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credits15
Spring
HISTORY 206 History of the United States from 1865 to the Present 3
HISTORY 103
World Civilizations I
or World Civilizations II
3
General Ed 3
General Ed 3
Elective 3
 Credits15
Sophomore
Fall
HISTORY 101 Foundations of Western Culture I 3
General Ed 3
General Ed 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credits15
Spring
HISTORY 102 Foundations of Western Culture II 3
General Ed 3
General Ed 3
General Ed 3
Elective 3
 Credits15
Junior
Fall
HISTORY 360 Ancient Greece 3
HISTORY 337
The Rise of Islamic Civilization to 1800
or History of Modern Africa
3
General Ed 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credits15
Spring
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credits15
Senior
Fall
HISTORY 302 Problems in American Thought 3
HISTORY 361 Ancient Rome 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credits15
Spring
HISTORY 480 Seminar in History 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credits15
 Total Credits120

Faculty

Mark Karau; Professor; Ph.D., Florida State University

David J Voelker; Professor; Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Clifton G Ganyard; Associate Professor; Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo

Daniel Kallgren; Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

James Vincent Lowery; Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Mississippi

Eric J Morgan; Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Colorado at Boulder

Kimberley A Reilly; Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Chicago

Jon K Shelton; Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Maryland

Heidi M Sherman; Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Minnesota, chair

Kevin M Kain; Lecturer; Ph.D., Western Michigan University

Lisa Lamson; Lecturer; Ph.D., Marquette University