Degree Requirements

History Major

History Major

Major in History-Liberal Arts 36 Total Credits

Introductory Requirements 9 cr. hrs.
HIST 101* Origins of Civilization (supporting course)*, 3 cr.
HIST 102 History of the Modern World, 1500-Present, 3 cr.
HIST 215 U.S. History to 1865, 3 cr.
HIST 216 U.S. History from 1865, 3 cr.
*History majors are required to take HIST 101 to meet Social and Behavioral Sciences Requirement in General Education Goal Two, so the course and its 3 credits will not be counted as history major credits.

Intermediate Requirements 6 cr. hrs.

Choose one of the following non-U.S. history courses 3 cr. hrs.
HIST 201 Introduction to Asian Civilization, 3 cr.
HIST 202 Introduction to Latin American Civilizations, 3 cr.
HIST 203 The Mediterranean: A Survey, 3 cr.
HIST 209 Introduction to African History, 3 cr.

Choose one of the following U.S. history courses 3 cr. hrs.
HIST 206 Native Americans and the United States, 3 cr.
HIST 207 African American History, 3 cr.

Advanced Study of U.S. and non-U.S. History 18 cr. hrs.

Choose two of the following U.S. history courses 6 cr. hrs.
HIST 351 United States Colonial History
HIST 353 United States History: 1790-1850
HIST 354 United States History: Age of Growth
HIST 358 United States History 1890-1945
HIST 359 United States History from 1945
HIST 364 History of the Upper Midwest
HIST 365 American Environmental History
HIST 367 History of United States Foreign Policy
HIST 369 American Intellectual History  

Choose two of the following non-U.S. history courses 6 cr. hrs.
HIST 303 Women's History: Europe
HIST 315 The World of Napoleon
HIST 316 The British Empire
HIST 317 Social Movements in Modern Britain
HIST 318 Twentieth Century Europe
HIST 320 Ancient Rome
HIST 321 Early Middle Ages
HIST 322 The Renaissance
HIST 323 The Reformation
HIST 324 Early Modern Europe
HIST 325 Late Middle Ages
HIST 328 WWII to Cold War
HIST 332 The Islamic Middle East to 1500
HIST 333 Making of Global Exchange System to 1700
HIST 334 Modern China, 1800 to Present
HIST 335 Modern Japan, 1600 to Present
HIST 336 Traditional East Asia, Prehistory-1800
HIST 360 The Long Nineteenth Century: Europe

Concentrated Study of the History Topics of Your Choice 6 cr. hrs.
Choose two advanced courses (numbered 300 or higher), that you have not yet taken, from the list above

Research and Historiography 3 cr. hrs.
HIST 485 History Seminar

Remember to periodically review your Degree Audit Report (DAR) in eSIS!

History Major - Philosophy Emphasis

Major in History-Philosophy Emphasis 36 (+3) Total Credits

History Major Core 18 (+3) cr. hrs.

Two 100 level history courses, 6 cr.
HIST 100 Defining Themes in US History, 3 cr.
HIST 102 History of the Modern World, 1500-Present (+3) credit hours
(One would be taken as a required supporting course within the General Education requirements.)

HIST 485 History Seminar, 3 cr.               

Directed Electives, 12 cr.
Four history courses at the 300 and/or 400 level (At least one course from each of the following areas:
U.S., European and World)

Philosophy Emphasis Core 18 (+3) cr. hrs.

Phil 151 Living Issues in Philosophy (A required supporting course taken within General Education), 3 cr.

Directed Electives - Four of the following, 12 cr.
Phil 201 Ethics, Human Nature and the Natural World, 3 cr.
Phil 221 Ancient Philosophy, 3 cr.
Phil 222 Hellenistic and Medieval Philosophy, 3 cr.
Phil 224 Existentialism and Late Modern Philosophy, 3 cr.
Phil 245 Islam and Oriental Religions in the USA, 3 cr.
Phil 310 History and Philosophy of Visual Arts, 3 cr.

General Electives 6 cr.
Two philosophy courses at the 300 or 400 level

This major may NOT be combined with a minor in History or Philosophy.

Department of History and Philosophy

307 Kleinpell Fine Arts

History: Neil Kraus-Chair, Ryan Fischer, Samuel Gale, Victoria Houseman, Kiril Petkov, and Zhiguo Yang

Philosophy: Walter Wietzke and Kerry T. Ketcher

The Department of History and Philosophy offers courses and degrees for those who wish to learn how to read, think and write effectively. A degree in history is excellent preparation for careers in business, advertising, government, foreign service, international relations, publications, journalism and human services. It also is indicated for those who wish to pursue a career specifically in the field of history including teaching at the elementary, secondary, or college level, or working in museums, archives and libraries. Students take courses in a variety of periods, areas and topics.

Majors are encouraged to participate in an internship program for practical preparation for a career. Various options are also offered for study abroad in other countries of the world as part of the degree.

Majors are strongly urged to take a course in Women's Studies to enhance their understanding of the human past.

The Broad Field Social Studies Major is recommended for those wishing to teach secondary social studies in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

General Education Requirements

BA and BS Liberal Arts majors as listed for CAS.
BS Education majors as listed for CEPS.