http://www.uwplatt.edu/history

Interim Department Chair: Joong-Jae Lee
Office: 155 Gardner Hall
Phone: 608.342.1786
E-mail: leejo@uwplatt.edu

Majors

  • History
  • Social Sciences Comprehensive
    • History Emphasis

Minors

  • History
  • Social Sciences Comprehensive

About the History Program and Major

The UW-Platteville Department of History offers a major and minor in history and a social sciences comprehensive major and minor with a history emphasis. History is the systematic study of the past. It is also the foundation discipline within the liberal arts and the source of the social sciences. Understanding the past helps us understand human nature, broadens our perspectives, refines our judgments, and provides insight into contemporary issues. The study of history is basic to our personal uniqueness, our professional identity, and our civic lives.

Students of history learn important skills. The study of history requires students to read, write, analyze, and use logic. Students learn to do research using written documents, assess arguments, and to interpret economic, social, political, cultural, and technological change in a variety of contexts.

History majors can find work in many fields. Some are directly related to the subject matter of history, such as museums and archive work, teaching, documentary filmmaking, or historical publishing. Others use the skills that the study of history cultivates. History is a liberal arts degree that provides the basis for work in business, advertising, journalism, public relations, public administration, planning and research, and professional fields, such as law.

Mission

The history program enables its majors to become broader in perspective, more literate, intellectually more astute, ethically more sensitive, and to participate wisely in society as competent professionals and knowledgeable citizens. Our students understand the complexity of the factors and forces that can cause historical change, and they are able to analyze and evaluate historical narratives that explain change. Students develop skills in reading, writing, analysis, and logic. History majors learn to do research using written documents, assess arguments, and to interpret economic, social, political, cultural, and technological change in a variety of contexts.

Goals and Objectives

Students will:

  1. write historical essays with a clear and focused thesis, developed by a logical argument and substantiated with factual detail
  2. undertake historical research projects based on primary and secondary sources in both print and electronic formats, including the formulation of historically significant questions, gathering of appropriate sources, and application of appropriate methods of analysis and synthesis
  3. critically analyze works of history by demonstrating an understanding of a work’s assumptions, method, sources, and point of view, and evaluating its argument

General Requirements Bachelor of Arts Degree

Total for graduation120
General education44-58
Major studies39

Students must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 within the major studies for graduation.

Social Sciences Comprehensive

www.uwplatt.edu/social-sciences-comprehensive

Contact: Nancy Turner
Office: 152 Gardner Hall
Phone: 608.342.1789
E-mail: turnern@uwplatt.edu

About the Social Sciences Comprehensive Program and Major

Note: Some emphases are administered by departments other than the UW-Platteville Department of Social Sciences. For simplicity, however, all emphases and their requirements are listed in this section.

History Emphasis

Contact: Nancy Turner
History Office: 152 Gardner Hall
Phone: 608.342.1789
E-mail: turnern@uwplatt.edu

Psychology Emphasis

Contact: Elizabeth Gates
Psychology Office: 231 Warner Hall
Phone: 608.342.1724
E-mail: gatese@uwplatt.edu

The social sciences comprehensive major includes coursework in economics, geography, history, political science, sociology, and psychology. A minor in history or psychology is required; this is considered the area of emphasis. Students who wish to major in a broad liberal arts program will find it within the social sciences comprehensive major.

Students who plan to teach will also find the social sciences comprehensive major useful. (Additional information appears below.)

Mission

Our program provides majors with a broad grounding in the social sciences and the equivalent of a minor in history.

Social sciences is not a discipline in itself, but combines many disciplines. Therefore it provides no unique skills and concepts separate from those offered by economics, history, psychology, political science, and sociology.

In addition to the broad liberal arts education provided by each of the component disciplines, the social sciences comprehensive major with an emphasis in history prepares social sciences instructors to teach in the public school system.

Goals and Objectives

Goals and objectives specific to each discipline are assessed as part of the assessment of the individual disciplines. The unique goal of the social sciences comprehensive major with an emphasis in history is to provide a broad knowledge of social science and history facts and concepts.

General Requirements Bachelor of Arts Degree

Total for graduation120 credits
General education44-58 credits
Major studiesvaries

Students must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 within the major studies for graduation.

Majors

HISTORY 1010 World Civilization I 3 Credits

The history of civilization to 1715, with emphasis upon the interaction among the peoples of Africa, Asia and Europe.
Components: Class
GE: Historical Perspective
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring/Summer

HISTORY 1020 World Civilization II 3 Credits

The history of human civilization since 1715, with emphasis upon the interaction among the peoples of Africa, Asia, the Middle East, the Americas, and Europe in the modern period.
Components: Class
GE: Historical Perspective, International Education
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

HISTORY 1330 History of the United States to 1877 3 Credits

A general survey of American history based on major social, political and economic developments from colonial times through the Civil War and Reconstruction.
Components: Class
GE: Historical Perspective
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring/Summer

HISTORY 1430 History of the United States since 1877 3 Credits

Continuation of a general survey of American history based on major social, political and economic developments from the Reconstruction to the present.
Components: Class
GE: Historical Perspective
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring/Summer

HISTORY 3010 Race, Gender, and United States Labor History 3 Credits

Social, cultural, and economic history of American working people from the colonial period to the present.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: ETHNSTDY 3010
GE: Ethnic Studies, Historical Perspective
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: HISTORY 1330 or HISTORY 1430 or consent of instructor
Typically Offered: Spring

HISTORY 3080 American Military History 3 Credits

A survey of American military history with emphasis on the development of military policy and civil-military relations.
Components: Class
GE: Historical Perspective
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: HISTORY 1330 or HISTORY 1430 or consent of instructor
Typically Offered:

HISTORY 3120 American Colonial History 3 Credits

The American Colonies, British policies and the Revolution.
Components: Class
GE: Historical Perspective
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: HISTORY 1330 or consent of instructor
Typically Offered:

HISTORY 3130 New Nation 3 Credits

AmericanMajor trends and developments in the new nation: framing the constitution, establishment of a new government, development and expansion, the Jacksonian era 1783-1848.
Components: Class
GE: Historical Perspective
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: HISTORY 1330 or consent of instructor
Typically Offered:

HISTORY 3140 The Civil War and Reconstruction 3 Credits

The origins, manifestations and results of sectional controversy in the U.S in the mid-l9th century.
Components: Class
GE: Historical Perspective
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: HISTORY 1330 or consent of instructor
Typically Offered: Spring

HISTORY 3150 Gilded Age and Progressive Era 3 Credits

The transformation of the United States from an agrarian nation to an urban, industrial society 1877-1917.
Components: Class
GE: Historical Perspective
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: HISTORY 1430 or consent of instructor
Typically Offered:

HISTORY 3160 US Legal History of Race and Gender 3 Credits

This course will examine the interplay among race, gender, class, ethnicity, nationality, and legal issues from the colonial period of American history to the present. In addition to the discussion of U.S. Supreme Court decisions and U.S. Constitutional issues, this course will discuss legal movements, discourses, or conflicts from the bottom up and analyze legal issues as a part of broad social and cultural movements.
Components: Class
GE: Historical Perspective
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: HISTORY 1330 or HISTORY 1430 or consent of instructor
Typically Offered: Fall-ODD

HISTORY 3170 Native America and Colonial Borderlands to 1887 3 Credits

The history of Native North America begins well-before Columbus arrived. Paleo-Indians struggled and thrived, cooperated and changed giving way to early-modern Native nations by 1000 BCE. After 1492 Native nations cooperated and clashed with each other and with competing European empires for control of land, labor, and resources. This story is not separate from the narrative of early American history as a whole, but examining it closely permits appreciation of First Nation worldviews, times of Pan-Indian cooperation, and moments of cooperation between American Indians, Europeans, and Africans on the borderlands of the Atlantic World.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: ETHNSTDY 3170
GE: Ethnic Studies, Historical Perspective
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: HISTORY 1330 or consent of instructor
Typically Offered: EVERY/4TH

HISTORY 317W Native America and Colonial Borderlands to 1887 3 Credits

The history of Native North America begins well-before Columbus arrived. Paleo-Indians struggled and thrived, cooperated and changed giving way to early-modern Native nations by 1000 BCE. After 1492 Native nations cooperated and clashed with each other and with competing European empires for control of land, labor, and resources. This story is not separate from the narrative of early American history as a whole, but examining it closely permits appreciation of First Nation worldviews, times of Pan-Indian cooperation, and moments of cooperation between American Indians, Europeans, and Africans on the borderlands of the Atlantic World.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: ETHNSTDY 317W
GE: Ethnic Studies, Historical Perspective, Writing Emphasis
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: HISTORY 1330 or consent of instructor
Typically Offered: EVERY/4TH

HISTORY 3180 Native American History, What you thought you knew 3 Credits

The history of Native North America begins long before the Dawes Act of 1887. Native peoples have faced the challenges of the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries in significant ways. This story is not separate from the narrative of American history, but an integral part of it. Native Americans, including 20,000 veterans, recovered from the Civil War. Land policy, treaties, and tribal sovereignty continue to influence Native communities today. Tribal members have built skyscrapers, joined the Peace Corps, baffled code-breakers, and much more. First Nations identity continues to evolve as a central part of the American story.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: ETHNSTDY 3180
GE: Ethnic Studies, Historical Perspective
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: HISTORY 1430 or consent of instructor
Typically Offered: EVERY/4TH

HISTORY 318W Native American History, What you thought you knew 3 Credits

The history of Native North America begins long before the Dawes Act of 1887. Native peoples have faced the challenges of the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries in significant ways. This story is not separate from the narrative of American history, but an integral part of it. Native Americans, including 20,000 veterans, recovered from the Civil War. Land policy, treaties, and tribal sovereignty continue to influence Native communities today. Tribal members have built skyscrapers, joined the Peace Corps, baffled code-breakers, and much more. First Nations identity continues to evolve as a central part of the American story.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: ETHNSTDY 318W
GE: Ethnic Studies, Historical Perspective, Writing Emphasis
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: HISTORY 1430 or consent of instructor
Typically Offered: EVERY/4TH

HISTORY 3230 The West in American History 3 Credits

The frontier and the American west from 1763-1920.
Components: Class
GE: Historical Perspective
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: HISTORY 1330 or HISTORY 1430 or consent of instructor
Typically Offered: Spring

HISTORY 3240 African-American History 1619 to Present 3 Credits

The historical experience of African-Americans since 1619.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: ETHNSTDY 3240
GE: Ethnic Studies, Historical Perspective
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: HISTORY 1330 or HISTORY 1430 or consent of instructor or department chair
Typically Offered: Fall

HISTORY 3320 History of Wisconsin 3 Credits

Development of the state of Wisconsin from colonial times to the present.
Components: Class
GE: Humanities
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: HISTORY 1430 or consent of instructor
Typically Offered: Fall

HISTORY 3400 The Vietnam War 3 Credits

A survey of the 30-year duration (1945-1975) of US intervention in Southeast Asia, which led to the Vietnam War. Emphasis is placed on the domestic and geopolitical sources of Vietnams struggle for independence, US anticommunist policies, US military strategy, and opposition to the war.
Components: Class
GE: Historical Perspective
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: HISTORY 1330 or HISTORY 1430 or consent of instructor
Typically Offered:

HISTORY 3410 The United States, 1898-1945 3 Credits

A detailed historical examination of the United States from the turn of the twentieth century through the end of World War II. The course is structured around, though not limited to, the following subjects: the emergence of the United States as a world power; the growth and contractions of the nations industrial economy; the stratification of American society along racial, gender, and class lines; and the sustained efforts of millions of citizens to secure equality.
Components: Class
GE: Historical Perspective
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: HISTORY 1430 or consent of instructor
Typically Offered:

HISTORY 3450 History of U S Foreign Relations 3 Credits

An introduction to the origin and evolution of political, economic, and cultural relations between the United States and the rest of the world.
Components: Class
GE: Historical Perspective
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: HISTORY 1330 or HISTORY 1430 or consent of instructor
Typically Offered:

HISTORY 3460 Modern Africa 3 Credits

Examines the trajectory of African history from the early 19th century to contemporary times. Focuses on three defining moments: the "Scramble" and partition of Africa, the institutionalization of the colonial project, and the struggles and challenges of independence. Emphasis is on African agency and the African voice.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: POLISCI 3460
GE: Historical Perspective, International Education
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: HISTORY 1430 or HISTORY 1020 or POLISCI 1130 or consent of instructor.
Typically Offered: Fall

HISTORY 3480 The United States since 1945 3 Credits

A detailed examination of the U S after World War II, leading up to the present time. The course is structured around, though not limited to, these recurring subjects: the U S as a world power and its overseas commitments, including war; the stratification of U S society along racial, gender and class lines, and the sustained efforts of so many Americans to secure equality; the partisanship of U S politics the links between class, capitalism, and culture.
Components: Class
GE: Historical Perspective
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: HISTORY 1430 or consent of instructor
Typically Offered:

HISTORY 3520 American Womens History 3 Credits

Surveys the changing patterns of domestic and family life, work, education and public participation of American women from the Colonial period to the present.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: WOMGENDR 3520
GE: Gender Studies, Historical Perspective
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: HISTORY 1330 or HISTORY 1430 or consent of instructor
Typically Offered: Fall

HISTORY 3610 British Isles to 1714 3 Credits

The political evolution of the English state and the national development and interactions of the English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh peoples from their origins to 1714.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: POLISCI 3610
GE: Historical Perspective
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: HISTORY 1010 or HISTORY 1020 or consent of instructor
Typically Offered: Occasional

HISTORY 3620 British Isles since 1714 3 Credits

The political evolution of the British state and the national development and interactions of the English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh peoples from 1714 until the present.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: POLISCI 3620
GE: Historical Perspective
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: HISTORY 1010 or HISTORY 1020 or consent of instructor
Typically Offered: Occasional

HISTORY 3640 Imperialism in Africa and Asia 3 Credits

European political and economic imperialism in Africa and Asia from the 15th century to the present. Emphasis is on Asian and African agency and the Asian and African voice.
Components: Class
GE: Historical Perspective, International Education
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: HISTORY 1020 or consent of instructor
Typically Offered:

HISTORY 3650 Women and Gender in Latin American History 3 Credits

Examines the continuities and ruptures in the lives of Latin American women from the colonial period to the present. Compares and contrasts the roles of women from different classes, ethnic groups, and regions. This course considers womens history through individual life stories and by looking at the social, cultural, and institutional contexts of their lives, with a focus on women as historical actors.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: WOMGENDR 3650
GE: Historical Perspective, International Education
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: HISTORY 1020 or HISTORY 1430 or consent of instructor
Typically Offered: Fall

HISTORY 3660 Colonial Latin American History 3 Credits

Political, social, economic, and cultural history of Latin America from pre 1500 to the 1800s.
Components: Class
GE: Historical Perspective, International Education
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: HISTORY 1020 or HISTORY 1430 or consent of instructor
Typically Offered: Fall

HISTORY 3670 Modern Latin American History 3 Credits

Political, social, economic, and cultural history of Latin America from the start of the 19th century to the present.
Components: Class
GE: Historical Perspective, International Education
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: HISTORY 1020 or HISTORY 1430 or consent of instructor
Typically Offered: Spring

HISTORY 3700 Women in European Civilization 3 Credits

Covers activities of, and attitudes towards, women in ancient Greece and Rome, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Reformation, the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, the 19th century, the two modern wars, and the end of the 20th century. Analyzes women in the context of family life, work life, education, politics, science, and social movements.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: WOMGENDR 3700
GE: Gender Studies, Historical Perspective
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: HISTORY 1010 or HISTORY 1020 or consent of instructor
Typically Offered: Spring

HISTORY 3710 Ancient Civilizations 3 Credits

The history of ancient civilizations including artistic, cultural, economic, intellectual, political, religious and social development.
Components: Class
GE: Historical Perspective
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: HISTORY 1010 or consent of instructor
Typically Offered:

HISTORY 3730 Medieval Europe 3 Credits

Rise of national monarchies, the church, feudalism, the commercial revolution, the Crusades,intellectual developments, and the Black Death are among the highlights in this examination of Europe from the fall of the Western Roman Empire to 1500.
Components: Class
GE: Historical Perspective
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: HISTORY 1010 or consent of instructor
Typically Offered: Fall

HISTORY 3740 The Renaissance and Reformation 3 Credits

Europe in the transition period from medieval to modern civilization. Special emphasis on the intellectual, artistic, and cultural developments in Italy and northern Europe from 1350 to 1550 and the new approaches to Christianity embodied by the Protestant Reformation of 1517 and its medieval precursors.
Components: Class
GE: Historical Perspective
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: HISTORY 1010 or consent of instructor
Typically Offered:

HISTORY 3810 Early Modern Europe 3 Credits

Examines the first three centuries of Europes modern age, from the late 15th century to the outbreak of the French Revolution in 1789. The development of new political, economic, social, and cultural institutions distinct from those of medieval history will be covered, in areas such as religious beliefs, the exercise of monarchical power, interactions with the non-European world, and ordinary peoples daily lives.
Components: Class
GE: Historical Perspective
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: HISTORY 1010 or HISTORY 1020 or consent of instructor
Typically Offered: Spring

HISTORY 3830 French Revolution and Napoleon 1789-1815 3 Credits

Background, development and results of the French Revolution and Age of Napoleon. Coverage includes the European scene in the late 18th century and the impact on the contemporary world.
Components: Class
GE: Historical Perspective
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: HISTORY 1020 or consent of instructor
Typically Offered:

HISTORY 3850 Twentieth Century Europe 3 Credits

The origin and development of the main trends, factors and problems of todays world, with discussion of contemporary issues.
Components: Class
GE: Historical Perspective
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: HISTORY 1020 or consent of instructor
Typically Offered:

HISTORY 3860 History of Western Science 3 Credits

Covers developments in science in ancient Greece and Rome, the Middle Ages, the period of the Scientific Revolution (including Copernicus, Galileo, and Newton), Darwinism, quantum physics, and Einsteins theories.
Components: Class
GE: Historical Perspective
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: HISTORY 1010 or HISTORY 1020 or consent of instructor
Typically Offered:

HISTORY 3870 Nazi Germany and the Holocaust 3 Credits

An examination of the origins and development of Nazism in Germany under the leadership of Adolf Hitler, with particular attention to the genocide against European Jewry known as the Holocaust.
Components: Class
GE: Historical Perspective
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: HISTORY 1020 or consent of instructor
Typically Offered: Fall

HISTORY 3880 Modern European Thought and Culture 3 Credits

An examination of the evolution of European intellectual culture from the rise of modernity in the Scientific Revolution through the Enlightenment, Romanticism, Realism, Existentialism, and Modernism to the (purported) end of modernity in Post-Modernism. Related movements such as conservatism, socialism, nationalism, feminism, and fascism will also be covered. This course conceives of thought and culture very broadly and is primarily concerned with the social, political, and economic context of Europes intellectual development.
Components: Class
GE: Historical Perspective
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: HISTORY 1010 or HISTORY 1020 or consent of instructor
Typically Offered: Fall

HISTORY 3890 History of Science and Technology in Europe: Faculty-Led Short-Term Intl Exp 3 Credits

This course examines the modern scientific and technological history of Europe over the past five centuries, with considerable attention to the ways in which those developments have been intertwined with Europes wider political, economic, social, and cultural history. Students will participate in a short-term study abroad program in Europe led by the course instructors; precise course destinations will vary
Components: Class
GE: Historical Perspective, International Education
Typically Offered: Summer

HISTORY 3920 Modern Middle East 3 Credits

The history of the Middle East from the rise of the Ottoman Empire in the 1400s to the 21st century, with an emphasis on religious, political, and economic developments.
Components: Class
GE: Historical Perspective, International Education
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: HISTORY 1020 or consent of instructor
Typically Offered:

HISTORY 3950 Modern Japan 3 Credits

Social, cultural, and political history of Modern Japan from the 17th century to the present.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: POLISCI 3340
GE: Historical Perspective, International Education
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: HISTORY 1020 or consent of instructor
Typically Offered: Fall

HISTORY 3970 Modern China 3 Credits

Social, cultural, and political history of Modern China from the 19th century to the present.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: POLISCI 3350
GE: Historical Perspective, International Education
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: HISTORY 1020 or consent of instructor
Typically Offered: Fall

HISTORY 4110 Russia to 1856 3 Credits

Political, social, economic, and cultural history of North Central Asia from the origins of human settlement until the middle of the 19th century, with particular attention to Russian civilization and the origin and growth of the Russian empire.
Components: Class
GE: Historical Perspective, International Education
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: HISTORY 1010 or HISTORY 1020 or consent of instructor
Typically Offered: Spring

HISTORY 4120 Modern Russia 3 Credits

Political, social, economic, and cultural history of North Central Asia from the middle of the 19th century until the present time, with particular attention to Russian civilization, and the political evolution from Russian empire, to Soviet partocracy, to presidential republic.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: POLISCI 4120
GE: Historical Perspective, International Education
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: HISTORY 1020 or consent of instructor
Typically Offered: Occasional

HISTORY 4230 Issues in History 1-3 Credits

Selected topics and issues of contemporary interest from U.S. and world history. The specific topic will be chosen by the instructor and announced when the course is scheduled. May be repeated for credit.
Components: Class
Typically Offered: Spring

HISTORY 4660 Cooperative Field Experience 1-8 Credits

Enhancement of the educational experience through placement of a student with a cooperating agency, business or institution. The nature of the assignment, type of experience, number of credits and evaluation procedure to be stipulated in a statement of agreement (learning contract) between the student and the department.
Components: Field Studies
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

HISTORY 4720 Individual Research in History 1-3 Credits

Particularly useful for history majors who intend to do graduate work.
Components: Independent Study
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

HISTORY 4900 Historiography and Research Methods 3 Credits

This is a capstone course for history majors that will examine the nature of the modern historical profession and historiographical trends, beginning with the emergence of history as a professional discipline in the 19th century, and tracing from there the subsequent development of major schools of historical thought and method. Additionally, the course will provide students with extensive training in proper methods of historical research and citation, culminating with the completion of a major research paper. (Fall)
Components: Class
Typically Offered: Fall

Faculty and lecturers

Additional information about the Faculty and Lecturers below may be found in the Faculty and Academic Staff section of this catalog.

Carey, Delbert P.

Gormley, Melissa E.

Ivanov, Andrey

Krugler, David F.

Lee, Joong-Jae

Stanley, Adam C.

Tesdahl, Eugene R.

Turner, Nancy L.