Fall 2019 Course Descriptions

HIST 102-401 Western Civilization: 1500 to the Present

Instructor: Nigel Rothfels (mailto:rothfels@uwm.edu)
Lecture: T/TH 2:00 PM – 2:50 PM (BOL B46)
Discussion Sections: Days/Times vary

Over the last five-hundred years, Europe developed from being just one of several global centers of power to a position of dominating the world. Over the last century, however, the historical position and legacies of “western civilization” have been increasingly challenged and we have become more aware of how the West has both silenced and, in significant ways, damaged the rest of the planet. In this course, we will explore this history while tracing important themes from the era of explorations and the Renaissance to today.

HIST 131-401 World History to 1500

Instructor: David Divalerio (mailto:divaleri@uwm.edu)
Lecture: M/W 10:00 AM – 10:50 AM (END 103)
Discussion Sections: Days/Times vary

How did the world as we know it come into being? What were the earliest beginnings of today’s societies and cultures, and how have they changed over time? What are the forces that have shaped these developments? This course addresses these questions by systematically examining the rise and development of human societies from every part of the globe, while focusing on four themes: technology, culture, society, and politics. Using a comprehensive textbook, as well as primary sources—both written and visual—we will learn to ask and answer questions as historians do. Learn to see the world in an all-new way and earn GER Humanities credits in the process.

HIST 150-201 Multicultural America

Instructor: Jasmine Alinder (jalinder@uwm.edu)
Online Section

This course will introduce students to the history of racial and ethnic difference in the United States. What is race? And how have the ways we think about and defined race changed over time? We will examine this history through the lenses of visual culture, legal rulings, scientific thinking, and local history. Visual and popular culture, court decisions, and scientific data, for example, are all arenas that produce and at times contest definitions of racial and ethnic difference and shape racial stereotypes. This is a Humanities and Cultural Diversity course that fulfills part of your General Education Requirements. This section will be taught fully online with Canvas.

HIST 151-401 American History: 1607 to 1877

Instructor: Brian Mueller (bsm@uwm.edu)
Lecture: M/W 11:00 AM – 11:50 AM (LAP 162)
Discussion Sections: Days/Times vary

The preservation of “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” required the creation of a national government, Thomas Jefferson proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Earlier in the same document, he declared it “self-evident” that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,” and if denied, the “People” have the right to create a new government. Jefferson’s words inspired Britain’s North American subjects to revolt against the Crown and seek independence. For more than a century before, and for another century after, however, the inhabitants of North America fought, with both words and blood, over whom to identify as the “People,” and thus deserving of “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness,” and what sort of government could most likely guarantee such rights.
Beginning with the arrival of the first European settlers at Jamestown in 1607, this course will chronicle the rise of representative government in the United States, looking at its myriad forms and debates over what it should look like and what powers it should possess. Living among one another on the same lands, however, did not mean that all were accepted under the umbrella of “We the People,” as the preamble to the U.S. Constitution puts it. With each movement West, from the earliest migration to the New World until the westward expansion of the mid-nineteenth century, conflict emerged between whites, ethnic groups, Native Americans, and African slaves. This course will explore the interactions among these various groups, looking at how they viewed one another and how disputes between them came to change the role and functions of the national government.

HIST 152-201 American History: 1877 to the Present

Instructor: Gregory Carter (cartergt@uwm.edu)
Online Section

The history of the United States since 1877 has been a tug of war between the restriction and expansion of personal freedom. Even with the gains of the twentieth century, we struggle with racial, gender, and social inequality to this day. This survey will explore this contradiction, highlighting some often-overlooked perspectives. And you’ll do better at Trivia Night.

HIST 152-402 American History: 1877 to the Present

Instructor: Christopher Cantwell (cantwelc@uwm.edu)
Lecture: T/TH 10:00 AM – 10:50 AM (MER 131)
Discussion Sections: Days/Times vary

We often live our lives with an eye toward the present and the future. But everything that surrounds us is a product of the past. This class, the second half of a two-semester survey of American history, hopes to enhance your awareness of the histories that have shaped today’s world. We will cover broad themes in U.S. history from the end of the Civil War to the present and will discuss how the distance between these two benchmarks are closer than they may seem. We will focus in particular on how the American commitment to freedom, as enshrined in the nation’s founding documents, has or has not been realized on the ground with a focus on social movements, political precedents, and cultural trends.

HIST 175-201 East Asian Civilization to 1600

Instructor: Douglas Howland (dhowland@uwm.edu)
Online Section

This course surveys key developments in the history of civilizations in East Asia, with a primary emphasis on China and Japan. By 1000 B.C.E., China had developed a “feudal” monarchy that slowly devolved into a “Warring States Period,” which saw the rise of Confucius and other political philosophers who debated the best course of action to take in restoring social and political stability. The result was the establishment of the Chinese empire in 221 B.C.E., a political structure that endured until 1911 C.E.–the most successful political form in human history. Meanwhile, the islands of Japan began to borrow Chinese civilization in the 300s C. E., by way of the kingdoms in Korea, and created their version of an imperial government in the 700s C.E. The imperial court in Heian dominated Japanese culture until its aristocracy was displaced by the warrior class in the late 1100s, a group who rose to power from their position as rural guards of the aristocratic estates. Like their aristocratic forebears, the warrior governors of Japan never fully established a central government; and worse, their habits of warfare produced a protracted civil war from the 1450s until 1603.

HIST 193-001 First-Year Seminar: Guarding the Gates: Immigration and Refugee Policy

Instructor: Rachel Buff (rbuff@uwm.edu)
Class Meetings: T 3:30 PM – 6:10 PM (HLT G80)

Around the world, a crisis strands people in desperate need of leaving their nations of origin at the literal borders and social margins of other countries. Seeking to understand the current crisis, the course investigates the historical causes as well as the origins of public policy towards refugees, migrants and asylum seekers. We will investigate testimonials from people on the move as well as from lawyers, advocates, and policy makers.

HIST 193-002 First-Year Seminar: The Third World War

Instructor: Winson Chu (wchu@uwm.edu)
Class Meetings: T/TH 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM (HLT 341)

Cold War thinking centered on the tiny German town of Fulda – the expected route of a massive Soviet tank invasion that would end the Third World War before it even started. How were Western forces supposed to stand a chance against the overwhelming numerical superiority of the Warsaw Pact? Despite – or because of – the advent of nuclear weapons, American and European societies became obsessed with a next war that would be largely conventional. Just as the Second World War had already been imagined in the trenches of the Great War, visions of the “Third World War” took root during the 1940s and early 1950s. This course examines how (self-serving) German accounts of the “Eastern Front” as well as the concept of “totalitarianism” shaped NATO strategy and popular culture, such as in the works of Tom Clancy and other best-selling authors.

HIST 193-003 First-Year Seminar: Mapping the World

Instructor: Aims McGuinness (smia@uwm.edu)
Class Meetings: M/W 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM (HLT 341)

How have humans represented Earth in different places and times? What can we learn about people in the past by studying how they portrayed the world and their place in it? Students in this class will work in UWM’s own world-class geography research library: the American Geographical Society Library. We will experience firsthand some of the most important historic maps located in the Western Hemisphere, including a world map from 1452, a map from 1538 that was the first to use “America” to refer to the land now occupied by the continental United States, and a pictographic scroll created by indigenous people in Mexico in 1691. Students will also learn how historians can use cutting-edge geographic technology to rethink important issues in the past, such as conflicts over land and religion in 17th-century Ireland or the historical roots of contemporary racial segregation in Milwaukee. Storytelling and narrative analysis play crucial roles in the pedagogy of this class. Students will develop their abilities as storytellers and public speakers in small and large group settings throughout the course.

HIST 202-201 The Ancient World: The Roman Republic and Empire

Instructor: Andrew Larsen (larsena@uwm.edu)
Online Section

The Roman state is one of the important foundations for the modern West. Our culture still makes reference to things such as Roman legionnaires, bad emperors, gladiatorial combat, and the persecution of Christians. This course will survey the history of Rome from its earliest days down to the end of the Western Empire in the 5th century AD, and it will explore both the broad historical developments as well as important facets of Roman culture such as their ideas about religion, women and the family, and the economy. Students will be introduced to the idea of primary sources and develop the ability to read them with a critical eye.

HIST 203-401 The History of Medieval Europe: The Early Middle Ages

Instructor: Martha Carlin (carlin@uwm.edu)
Lecture: T/TH 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM (CRT 175)

This course covers the period in European history, c. AD 500-1000, which used to be known as “The Dark Ages.” However, as we will discover, this violent, fascinating era was far from dark and dreary. It was an age that saw such historic events as the rise of both Christianity and Islam,
the collapse of Roman power in the West, the invasion of Europe by Germanic tribes, the brief but spectacular empire of Charlemagne, and the explosive emergence of the Vikings who helped to destroy it.

Over the course of the semester we will survey the political, military, religious, and cultural history of the period, and also the history of daily life. To do this, we will read works by modern scholars as well as accounts written by medieval people themselves, and we will examine non-documentary sources such as coins, sculptures, buildings, weapons, ships, and skeletons, which together will help us to reconstruct the world of early medieval Europe.

HIST 242-001 Women and Gender in Europe: 1750 to the Present

Instructor: Carolyn Eichner (eichner@uwm.edu)
Class Meetings: T/TH 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM (NWQ 1935)

This course is a historical survey of women and gender in Europe from the Enlightenment through the 20th century (focusing primarily on Western Europe). The course takes a feminist perspective in examining issues of women and gender in Modern Europe, looking at women’s lives, roles, and ideas, as well as the dominant attitudes about women and about gender during this time period. We will study and contextualize these experiences and ideas in terms of gender in particular, but also in terms of the interrelationships between class, race, gender, sexuality, and power. Using both empirical evidence and theory, this class will investigate how definitions and conceptions of gender are historically and culturally specific. This will provide a framework for analyzing the continuities and changes in gender roles and relations – definitions of masculinity and femininity, as well as how and why ideas, places, and things become gendered – throughout Europe during this period.

The course is organized both chronologically and thematically to allow students to understand both continuity and change over these centuries. The course structure generally follows standard categories of periodization, including the Enlightenment, capitalist development, the Age of Revolutions, the rise of imperialism, the Belle Epoque, and the World Wars, but it does not follow this periodization uncritically. Rather, we will analyze and challenge the validity of traditional periodization by investigating women’s lives and ideas during these eras. Thematically, we will study the inter-woven and overlapping issues of gender relations, power and hierarchy, work and economics, family, sexuality, religion, race, cultural and intellectual production, nationalism, imperialism, colonialism, and politics. This class will provide students with a critique of traditional “Western Civ” courses as we re-examine these centuries from a feminist perspective, challenging historical assumptions while analyzing the experiences, ideas, and impact of European women’s lives.

HIST 248-401 The First World War

Instructor: Winson Chu (wchu@uwm.edu)
Lecture: M/W 10:00 AM – 10:50 AM (PHY 133)
Discussion Sections: Days/Times vary

The First World War has been called the “great seminal catastrophe” of the twentieth century (George F. Kennan). This course covers the armed conflict fought mainly in Europe between 1914 and 1918, but the war had deep roots in the global events and trends of the nineteenth century. Likewise, the end of the war was not apparent for many people even after the signing of armistices and peace treaties. This course examines not just the political and diplomatic history leading up to the “Great War,” but also the cultural and societal changes that were both the root and result of the conflict. With a focus on Central Europe, general topics in the course include the deepening of state power, the rise of nationalism, and the decline of multiethnic empires. The course also looks at the war outside Europe and the role of colonies.

HIST 262-001 North American Indian History to 1887

Instructor: Akikwe Cornell (cornelaj@uwm.edu)
Class Meetings: T/TH 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM (BOL B92)

This course examines American Indian history to 1887 by considering the complicated and multifaceted history of the nation’s Indigenous peoples. We will explore the diverse ways in which Native societies were structured and the ways in which Native peoples and historians have constructed these histories, specific tribal histories, and responses to colonization. Topics include early American Indian societies, the impact of European contact, trade, and colonization as well as the impact of United States political, economic, and cultural policies on Native peoples. This course introduces this complex and often ignored field of study by situating Native peoples at the center, rather than relegated to the margins, to uncover their active participation in the historical events unfolding around them and within their societies. We will explore how the history of American Indians is integral to understandings of American history and culture, with an emphasis placed on how Native peoples have worked to protect their sovereignty and revitalize their communities and cultures.

HIST 287-201 The Vietnam War

Instructor: Chia Vang (vangcy@uwm.edu)
Online Section

Why did the United States become involved in Vietnam for a quarter of a century? This course explores why today policymakers continue to debate the “lessons of Vietnam” and ordinary Americans, Vietnamese and other Southeast Asians, both in the United States and in Southeast Asia, are still learning to come to terms with the impact of the war on their lives. The availability of government data in recent years clearly show that the American war in Vietnam was an extremely complex phenomenon in which a struggle for decolonization and social revolution became enmeshed in Cold War politics. As U.S. relations with the Soviet Union and China changed, so did the rationale for continued American involvement in the war, from the containment of communism to the pursuit of credibility. The causes of the communist insurgency in Vietnam were similarly complex and changing. The use of powerful new technology by one side and of guerrilla warfare by the other raised serious ethical questions. In addition, the nature of the war coincided with domestic turmoil in the U.S. and, in Vietnam, led to the displacement of huge numbers of people and strained the social fabric of Vietnamese society.

HIST 294-001: Seminar on Historical Method: Research Techniques

Instructor: Amanda Seligman (seligman@uwm.edu)
Class Meetings: T/Th 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM (HLT 341)

Although enrollment in this course is not restricted, the course is designed for those who are majoring or intending to major in History or History-Ed.

History 294 offers students the opportunity to immerse themselves in historical research skills by exploring the riches of the UWM Libraries and digital archives housed on the internet. Students will visit UWM’s Special Collections, Archives, American Geographical Society Library, and Microtext departments; explore primary sources housed there; and propose research projects that could be executed with their holdings. Additional topics studied include the use of primary, secondary, and tertiary sources (including Wikipedia), academic integrity, analytic historical arguments, revision of prose, and Chicago Manual of Style citations. Guest speakers share with students their expertise in specialized research methods. Students in this class enjoy a great flexibility in the topics studied within a structure that introduces them to the essentials of historical research.

HIST 303-201 A History of Greek Civilization: The Greek City-State

Instructor: Katherine Milco (milco@uwm.edu)
Online Section

This course utilizes primary source material in translation in order to examine ancient Greek civilization from its beginnings to the death of Alexander the Great. It will examine the political, social, economic, and religious features of Greek civilization as it expanded and evolved. This course follows both a chronological and thematic structure.

HIST 307-201 A History of Rome: The Republic

Instructor: Katherine Milco (milco@uwm.edu)
Online Section

This course utilizes primary source material in translation in order to examine the Roman Republican period from its foundation to the rise of Julius Caesar. It will examine the political, social, economic, and religious features of the Roman Empire as it expanded, evolved, and declined. This course follows both a chronological and thematic structure as presented in your readers.

HIST 319-201 The Era of the Crusades

Instructor: Andrew Larsen (larsena@uwm.edu)
Online Section

The Crusades are one of the most famous and most misunderstood facets of the Middle Ages. Crusaders appear in modern films and video games and the idea of crusading influences the relationship between modern Western society and the Islamic world. This course, taught online, will examine the events of the crusades from their inception down to their fraught modern legacy. The course will also help students develop the ability to read and understand contemporary scholarship and gain some appreciation of the important historical concept of historiography, the evolution of writing about the past.

HIST 343-001 Russia Since 1917

Instructor: Christine Evans (evansce@uwm.edu)
Class Meetings: T/TH 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM (LUB S241)

Amid talk of a “new Cold War” between Russia and the United States, this course will give you the background you need to understand the historic events and figures that have shaped Russia and Eurasia from the Russian Revolution of 1917 to Vladimir Putin. We will view Soviet and post-Soviet Russian history from the conflicting perspectives of the many people whose lives were caught up in Russia’s 20th and 21st centuries: farmers, workers, businessmen, radical artists, professional revolutionaries, Central Asian nomads, hippies, scientists, GULAG prisoners and their guards, Communist Party bosses, and activists and students from around the world.

HIST 363-001 Germany: Hitler and the Nazi Dictatorship

Instructor: Winson Chu (wchu@uwm.edu)
Class Meetings: M/W 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM (BOL B56)

This course examines how the National Socialist German Workers’ Party (NSDAP) gained and exercised power first in Germany and then in much of Europe. The course will cover the political and social conditions that contributed to German support or toleration of National Socialism before and after 1933. The concepts of dictatorship, totalitarianism, and Germany’s “special path” are explored, as well as the nature of Nazi rule on the local, German, and European levels. Course participants will assess the historiographical debates on the nature of Hitler’s role in the Nazi Party and in governing the “Third Reich.” Special emphasis is on Nazi racial and expansionist policies, wartime Germany, and German attempts to remake occupied Eastern Europe. The course also examines the roots of anti-Semitism, the path to the Holocaust, and the collaboration of Europeans under German rule.

HIST 378-201 Revolution in China

Instructor: Douglas Howland (dhowland@uwm.edu)
Online Section

We focus on the establishment of the People’s Republic of China in 1949 and its development in the decades since. We will begin with the major issues and movements that surround the introduction and elaboration of “socialism” in China, the political and economic campaigns launched by the Chinese Communist Party under the leadership of Mao Zedong, and the reforms initiated by Deng Xiaoping in the 1980s. We will also look at the recent development of “socialism with Chinese characteristics”—which some analysts call a variation of capitalism—and China’s accomplishments, problems, and position in the world, now under the leadership of Xi Jinping.

HIST 386-001 Africans in World History: Communities, Cultures, and Ideas

Instructor: Rebecca Shumway (shumwayr@uwm.edu)
Class Meetings: M/W 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM (BOL B95)

Above all else, this class will explore how Africans played active roles in making history not
only on the continent of Africa, but around the world. The course will also challenge your prevailing understanding of an Africa depicted in media and film as an unchanging and isolated continent. As scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. has stated, “Nothing could be further from the truth.” In addition to examining vast trade networks and some of the world’s greatest and wealthiest empires, we will explore the diverse nature of Africa and its peoples, think critically about slavery, and examine important histories rarely heard or written about throughout most of the world. The class will alter your perceptions of an often-misunderstood continent and its people. By the end of the semester, you will be an expert in African history.

HIST 392-001 The History of Southern Africa

Instructor: Marcus Filippello (filippem@uwm.edu)
Class Meetings: T/TH 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM (HLT G90)

The history of southern Africa is fraught with racial, social, and political tensions. Memories of an apartheid era remain fresh in the minds of many South Africans who endured policies of segregation and brutal repression of dissent. Likewise, peoples in the modern nations of Zimbabwe and Namibia, among other countries in the region continue to reconcile past injustices with contemporary situations. This course examines the complex nature of the region’s history from the seventeenth-century to a contemporary era, paying specific attention to developing an understanding of how Africans adapted, responded, and ultimately resisted varying processes of colonization before the dismantling of colonial regimes in the latter part of the twentieth century. In doing so, we will compare and contrast notions of race and race consciousness in southern Africa from a historical perspective by assessing the origins, nature, and forms of racialized categories between black, white, ‘coloured,’ and Asian communities, and we will shed light on how people worked together to play active roles resisting oftentimes brutal colonial policies and laid the groundwork for decolonization and independence.

HIST 399-001 Honors Seminar: Seeing Race in Modern America

Instructor: Gregory Carter (cartergt@uwm.edu)
Class Meetings: M/W 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM (HON 180)

The scientific community has proven that humans are 99.9% identical on the genetic level; advertising has sold us the idea that ambiguity is desirable; and scholars have explained how race is a social construction. But it is still common to think of race as biology, inherited traits, and physical appearance. This course will explore how Americans have discerned race merely by looking at others. Today, in this supposedly post-racial moment, we process more images than ever, scanning, measuring, and categorizing at the same time we frown upon stereotypes. As current events show, these everyday practices have repercussions as serious as life and death. How do we train our eyes to see race accurately? What historical events have informed this process? How can knowledge of representations lead to broader, anti-racist practice? This Honors seminar will focus on these questions in discussions and by analyzing a range of interdisciplinary sources.

HIST 404-001 Topics in American History: ‘Women’s Work’ and Migration in the Americas

Instructor: Kimberly Hernandez (hernandk@uwm.edu)
Class Meetings: T/Th 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM (HLT 180)
This course examines the internal (between the island and the mainland in the case of Puerto Rico) and international migration of women workers from the south to the north (and back again) in the Americas, predominantly for jobs in the mainland United States. Although transnational labor migration between Latin America and the Caribbean and the mainland U.S. is a historical phenomenon, the increasing feminization of this labor migration and increasing demand for their labor in a host of industries considered “women’s work” is relatively new, accelerating in pace over the past few decades. This course will analyze this labor migration and ways in which migration, work, and expectations workers have for themselves and their families intersect with global economic trends, U.S. immigration policy and enforcement, specific jobs considered to be not only “women’s work” but immigrant women’s work in the United States, and the transnational experience for the women and the families most have left behind.

HIST 409-201 Causes of the Civil War, 1828-1861

Instructor: Lex Renda (renlex@uwm.edu)
Online Section

All historians see the conflict over racial slavery as the fundamental cause of the Civil War. They often disagree with each other, however, over why and how slavery caused such divisions in American society, and they also distinguish the cause of the conflict over slavery from the cause of the Civil War, for it is not always the case that a conflict produces a war. Disagreements existed over slavery long before 1861 (when the Civil War started), and the federal union of states surviving for as long as it did with as divisive an issue as slavery is in some ways a more remarkable fact than the eventual breakdown of that union in 1861. And so, the questions we ask as historians are 1) in what ways did the institution of slavery divide Americans and how and why did the sources of those divisions change over time, and 2) why was the political system able to confine such divisions to peaceful channels for so many years, and yet fail to confine it to such channels in the final analysis. This course, taught online, will provide you with different points of view on the answers to these questions, and in the process, enable you to come to your own conclusions.

HIST 442-001 Beer and Brewing in America

Instructor: Joshua Driscoll (jid@uwm.edu)
Class Meetings: M/W 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM (LUB S220)

Beer has been at the center of many movements in American history. Beer and brewing have been caught up in vast social upheavals including immigration, technological revolutions, urbanization and industrialization, changing family and gender roles, moral reform campaigns, evolving views on race and class, and changing ideas about place and connectivity. Beer has been a nutritionally vital home-brewed food staple, an anchor for community socialization, and a symbol of social identity. This course will use the history of beer and brewing as a means to chart many of the dramatic changes in American society. We will begin with the first maize beer brewed by Native Americans of the Southwest and continue through the introduction of barley and wheat beer by the first European settlers. We will discuss beer and brewing in Colonial America and trace its regionally diverse development in the United States. We will explore why beer became big business and how Milwaukee became the most important brewing city in the world. We will discuss the legacy of prohibition and the major changes to the brewing industry in the past few decades. This course considers the historic role of beer in defining identities and practices across America.

HIST 448-001 Baseball in American History

Instructor: Neal Pease (pease@uwm.edu)
Class Meetings: T/TH 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM (HLT 190)

Baseball: more than a sport, it is one of the most enduring of American institutions, and one that has exerted a strong influence on the history and culture of the United States. By examining the past of the traditional “national game,” both on and off the field, the course takes a close look at a vital subject of Americana and demonstrates the effect of baseball on important historical issues.

Hist 473-001 History of Wisconsin Indians

Instructor: Akikwe Cornell (cornelaj@uwm.edu)
Class Meetings: T/TH 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM (HLT G90)

This course will focus on the history, culture, and lived experiences of American Indian peoples in the state of Wisconsin. The course introduces students to the historical experience of Indigenous peoples dating back to the origins of each group in what is now called Wisconsin.

From this foundation in each nation’s history, we will examine critical historical foundations and cultural experiences, as well as the impact of federal and state political, economic, and cultural policies on Native peoples. We will examine how the history of American Indians is integral to understandings of Wisconsin history and culture, with an emphasis on how Native peoples have worked to protect their sovereignty and revitalize their communities and cultures in the face of colonialist policies. We will explore crucial historical contexts that have shaped Native experiences in Wisconsin and the surrounding region such as, but not limited to, the Fur Trade, Treaties, Removal and Relocation, Allotment, Assimilation and Boarding Schools, Termination, and contemporary cultural and political revitalization movements. Students are introduced to the ways these varying historical, political, and cultural contexts have impacted and shaped – and continue to shape – the experiences of Native peoples and communities in Wisconsin, both past and present.

HIST 594-001 Methods and Theory in the Historical Study of Religion: Women, War and Religion in Early Medieval Europe

Instructor: Katherine Milco (milco@uwm.edu)
Online Section

The focus of this course will be on the interrelationship between war, women and religion in late antiquity and early medieval Europe. We will examine each subject separately (or as separately as possible) and then evaluate their interaction. We will utilize primary sources in translation as well as secondary sources by which we will examine and evaluate various methodological approaches. In this course, you will learn how to use and analyze primary and secondary sources in historical research and will gain an understanding of how to work with different historical methodologies.

HIST 595-201 The Quantitative Analysis of Historical Data

Instructor: Lex Renda (renlex@uwm.edu)
Online Section

This is a “how to” course. It teaches you how to use (and not use) statistics to answer questions, and it provides you with a solid introduction to statistical methods. I do not assume that you have knowledge of statistics or any math beyond basic algebra, and your calculator will perform all of the computations. Your job will be learning how to interpret the results of those computations. While the questions, data, and applications we shall examine will usually be drawn from the disciplines of history and other social sciences, you will be able to use the skills you learn to analyze all types of quantitative questions. These skills will be important to you if you pursue graduate training in history or other social sciences, and they will be equally useful if you pursue a career in business, government, or teaching. I also use several “everyday” examples of statistical inference that will enable you to understand the use and abuse of statistics, regardless of your chosen career.

HIST 600-001 Seminar in History: People You’ve (Probably) Never Heard Of: A History

Instructor: Marcus Filippello (filippem@uwm.edu)
Class Meetings: T/TH 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM (HLT 341)

Enrollment in this course is limited to History and History-Ed majors in their senior year who have completed the English Composition & Math Skills competency requirements, as well as either Hist 293, Hist 294, Hist 594, Hist 595, or Hist 596.

Who hasn’t heard of George Washington, Ho Chi Minh, Queen Elizabeth II, or Nelson Mandela? Or Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., or Rosa Parks? Or even Madonna, Paul McCartney, Martin Scorsese, or Spike Lee, for that matter? Or Al Caputo or Adolf Hitler? A list of well-known historical figures could go on and on. We oftentimes conceive of those listed above as influential or groundbreaking, as revolutionaries and heroes, or even crooks and villains. What about Domingos Àlvares, Domenico Scandella, Abina Mensah, Kas Maine, or Maria Barbara Knoll? Have you heard of them? They may have been slaves, or “just” millers, artisans, sharecroppers, or religious missionaries. They also may not have left as many traces of their lives in historical records. Yet like their more famous historical counterparts, they played active roles as agents in the making of their own history, and their actions reveal much about the times in which they lived. This course challenges students to identify individuals or groups of people who may not be well known to us now, but whose lives, movements, and decisions offer new insights about a complex global past.

HIST 600-202 Seminar in History: U.S. History, 1940-1970

Instructor: Joe Austin (jaustin@uwm.edu)
Online Section

Enrollment in this course is limited to History and History-Ed majors in their senior year who have completed the English Composition & Math Skills competency requirements, as well as either Hist 293, Hist 294, Hist 594, Hist 595, or Hist 596.

This section of HIST 600 is a senior-level “capstone” course based around the three decades in the middle of the 20th Century in U.S. History, 1940-1970. The course is designed for majors nearing the end of their undergraduate studies in the History department and assumes that students have taken a historical methods course that satisfies the degree requirements, have had experience locating and interpreting primary source materials, and have written extended analyses based on their research in prior classes. The topic of our investigations is mid-20th century U.S. history. We read a number of articles and books in the first half of the class to get oriented, but the main emphasis in the course is on designing and writing an original research paper based on primary sources. Students negotiate their research topics with Joe, but they have considerable latitude within the general boundaries of US History between 1940 and 1970.