Fall 2021 Course Offerings

HIST 102-201   Western Civilization: 1500 to the Present
Instructor:  Randolph Miller (ramiller@uwm.edu)
Online and Asynchronous

This course explores the ideas, individuals, institutions, and events that have shaped Western Civilization over the past 500 years.  The student will read, write, and discuss this history primarily as a Western phenomenon, but also as one dynamic enough to have had global consequences. During this course, students will engage several themes, such as equality and feminism, socialism vs. capitalism, religion vs. reason, and democracy vs. authoritarianism, to deepen their understanding of  the modern West and the world in general.  The student will also work with primary sources to engage historical problems, exercise higher-level thinking (see Bloom’s Taxonomy on Canvas), and develop historical empathy.


HIST 131-401    World History to 1500
Instructor:  Marcus Filippello (
Lecture:  T/TH 2:00 PM – 2:50 PM  (END 103)
Discussion Sections:  Days/Times vary

How did the world as we know it come to be? 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 five themes: language, social organization, gender relations, technology, and religion. 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 141-002    Global History of the Family, Gender, and Sexuality
Instructor:  Nan Kim-Paik (
Class Meetings:  T/TH 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM  (MIT 191)

A thematic survey of global history, this course explores concepts of gender, sexuality, and the family from prehistory to the present. Topics include genealogy, law, demography, kinship, artistic representation, feminist analysis, and sexual diversity studies.  Course materials include analytical readings, archival sources, maps and images, excerpts from documentaries and other visual media, and an autobiographical novel. There are no course prerequisites, and this course fulfills the L&S GER Distribution in Social Sciences.


HIST 151-401    American History: 1607 to 1877
Instructor:   Rachel Buff (rbuff@uwm.edu)
Lecture:  M/W 11:00 AM – 11:50 AM  (BOL 150)
Discussion Sections:  Days/Times vary

When does U.S. history begin? With the formation of the Iroquois League, which became a model for the U.S. Constitution? With the appearance of Europeans in North America?  With the landing of Anglo-colonists at Jamestown in 1607? With the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in 1619?  We’ll discuss these questions and what they mean for contemporary questions about politics and democracy, and then work through the history up through Reconstruction.  Each topic engages contemporary as well as historical questions.

This is a “no cost” class: all materials available online and/or through UWM libraries.


HIST 152-201    American History: 1877 to the Present
Instructor:  Brian Mueller (bsm@uwm.edu)
Online and Asynchronous

A century after its founding, the future of the United States remained uncertain. War had preserved the Union, but at a tremendous cost in terms of blood and treasure. Fissures still remained. Racial, social, economic, and political issues continued to divide much of the nation. African Americans, immigrants, workers, farmers, and myriad other groups struggled to make the United States “a more perfect Union,” as declared in the preamble of the Constitution. At the same time, the footprint of the United States grew, first westward across the continent, then to the farthest corners of the globe. As “We the People” took on a new, more expansive form and the size of the republic expanded, the U.S. government had to adapt, though not without controversy. 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 152-402    American History: 1877 to the Present
Instructor:  Joseph Rodriguez (joerod@uwm.edu)
Lecture:  T/TH 11:00 AM – 11:50 AM  (MER 131)
Discussion Sections:  Days/Times vary

This course covers US history since the Civil War. By studying history, we can better understand the roots of current issues including society’s reaction to the pandemic, economic recession, Confederate statue debates, populist movements and conspiracy theories, and struggles by minority groups and women for equal rights.


HIST 203-001   The History of Medieval Europe: The Early Middle Ages
Instructor:  Martha Carlin (
Class Meetings:  T/TH 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM  (BOL B56)

This course covers the period in European history from about 500 to 1000 CE, 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.

History 203 will provide you with a good overview of early medieval European history, and it will also enable you to understand the significance both of broad and long-term historical patterns, and of outstanding individual careers and events. It should also enable you to develop important skills in reading and evaluating sources carefully and critically; identifying and analyzing a wide variety of types of evidence; using such evidence to reconstruct and interpret the past; and combining research and analysis with thoughtful writing to produce clear, original, and persuasive arguments, both oral and written.


HIST 210-201 The Twentieth Century:  A Global History
Instructor:  Marcus Filippello (filippem@uwm.edu)
Online and Asynchronous

Histories of the twentieth century often focus on changes in national attitudes and the ideological battles shaped by warfare. While we will explore some of these themes in this course, our approach will offer a broader global perspective by emphasizing the roles non-Western actors played in shaping historical landscape of this era. This is a class designed for students who want to expand the breadth of their understanding about a more recent past as a means to better understand the present. It will also include an examination of narratives often overlooked by investigating the lives of people we rarely hear or learn about.


HIST 215-001   History of Capitalism
Instructor:  Thomas Haigh (thaigh@uwm.edu)
Class Meetings:  M/W 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM  (END 115)

A sweeping look at the history of business, work, and technology in the US, from colonial times to the coronavirus. We will be integrating perspectives from business history, labor history, economic history, and the history of technology. Topics include the industrial revolution, slavery, the emergence of commodities markets, the rise of big business, the great depression, consumerism, the rise and fall of trade unions, the government’s role in housing and credit markets, and the current unraveling of global trade networks. The course is accessible to students without previous background in history.


HIST 229-401   History of Race, Science, and Medicine in the United States
Instructor:  Thomas Haigh (
Lecture:  M/W 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM  (BOL B52)
Discussion Sections:  Days/Times vary

Explores the intersection of health and race in the U.S., from the Columbian Exchange (when European diseases killed most of the native inhabitants of the Americas) to Obamacare and Covid-19. We will be integrating the history of specific diseases such as TB, AIDS, syphilis, schizophrenia, and cholera with the development of medical science and the broader history of the United States. Topics include health and slavery, the history of public health, immigration & ethnic communities, Jim Crow, urban segregation, the Great Society programs of the 1960s, the culture wars of the 1980s, healthcare reform, the opioid crisis, and the decline and sudden reemergence of epidemic infectious disease.


HIST 241-201   Women and Gender in Europe: 1350 to 1750
Instructor:  Andrew Larsen (
Online and Asynchronous

The period from the 14th to the 18th century was a period of enormous change in Western society, not least for women. But there were deep continuities as well. This course will examine the position of women in this period to see what changed and what remained the same for women. The course aims to explore how gender influenced a woman’s experience of religion, the economy and work, politics, warfare and violence, and education, among other issues.


HIST 248-201   The First World War
Instructor:  Brian Mueller (
Online and Asynchronous

World War I represented a cataclysmic break from the past as it helped usher in a new modern epoch in global history. The Romanov, Habsburg, Ottoman, and other empires crumbled beneath the strains of war and revolution as kings, Kaisers, czars, and sultans fell from power. Meanwhile, the conflict gave rise to newly independent nations in Eastern Europe and the Middle East. This course will explore how nationalism, ethnic rivalries, and militarization ended the fragile peace that had existed across Europe since the start of the twentieth century. Besides the diplomatic and military aspects of the “Great War,” this course examines the economic, social, and cultural changes wrought by this global conflict. When the “war to end all wars” finally concluded, a desire for vengeance set in motion a series of decisions that laid the foundation for an even more catastrophic war some two decades later, dashing the hopes for a new, more peaceful world.


HIST 262-201   North American Indian History to 1877
Instructor:  Mary Wise (wisem@uwm.edu)
Online and Asynchronous

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 Indigenous societies were structured and the ways in which Indigenous 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 Indigenous peoples. This course introduces this complex and often ignored field of study by situating Indigenous 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 Indigenous peoples have worked to protect their sovereignty and revitalize their communities and cultures.


HIST 269-001   Asian Americans in Historical Perspectives
Instructor:  Joseph Rodriguez (joerod@uwm.edu)
Class Meetings:  T/TH 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM  (BOL B95)

This course covers the history of Asian Americans. By studying history, we can better understand current issues such the rise of anti-Asian violence and the Asian community’s response,  college admission debates, wars and immigration, and the connection between US-Asia international relations and how Asian Americans are treated in the U.S.


HIST 270-001  Topics in American History: Mixed-Race Identity in American Culture
Instructor:  Gregory Carter (cartergt@uwm.edu)
Class Meetings:  M/W 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM  (BOL B84)

Did you know that Pocahontas was twelve years old at the time John Smith claimed they had their famous, romantic encounter? Did you know Thomas Jefferson had up to six illegitimate children with Sally Hemings, a woman he held in bondage, and who was his dead wife’s half-sister? Did you know that most stereotypes about mixed people—for example, that they are beautiful, confused, and stuck between their parent races—were devised to defend slavery before the Civil War? This course shows that racial mixture has been at the center of questions of equality our country has grappled with since its beginnings: Why has there been a combination of appeal with mixed-race Americans along with an antipathy towards them as “half-breeds,” “intermediary,” or “marginal?” Have stereotypes of them altered through the years? Do they reflect how mixed-race people identify themselves? Lastly, how have these issues changed in the decades since the Supreme Court invalidated anti-miscegenation laws in 1967? This class aims to answer these questions through a selection of essays, documentaries, and lively classroom discussions.

I first designed this course fifteen years ago, and I am excited to have updated it with more recent topics, from the story of a white woman who learned her dad was mixed at age twenty-four, to that Super Bowl ad where the girl poured Cheerios on her dad’s chest, to the uproar over Prince Harry’s marriage to Meghan Markle. There are also fewer quizzes, a simplified (and thinner) reading list, and more time to explore your experiences with mixture and American identity.


HIST 271-201   The 1960s in the United States: A Cultural History
Instructor:  Richard Popp (
Class Meetings:  M/W 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM (Online and Synchronous)

When the teen drama Splendor in the Grass opened in 1961, reigning box-office king John Wayne, incensed by the film’s realistic portrayal of young-adult sexuality, pronounced it “too disgusting for discussion.” Nine years later, Hollywood awarded its top accolade to the X-rated Midnight Cowboy, the story of a luckless hustler, Joe Buck, working the streets of Manhattan. Whether measured in the distance separating John Wayne from Joe Buck or Chubby Checker from Janis Joplin, the 1960s looked, felt, and sounded like a time of wholesale cultural transformation. This course examines those changes and the battles fought around them. It takes a wide-angle view of popular culture, examining everything from rock and soul to food and fashion. Throughout the semester, we’ll pay close attention to the complex ways that cultural expression and social power informed one another by situating the decade’s aesthetic trends and developments within its multifaceted struggles for racial, ethnic, gender, and sexual equality. Likewise, we’ll examine how the era’s cultural climate conditioned popular thinking about the war in Vietnam, the plight of the poor, and a growing awareness of the planet’s fragility.


HIST 293-001: Seminar on Historical Method: Theory and Approach
Instructor:  Kimberly Hernandez (hernandk@uwm.edu)
Class Meetings:  T/TH 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM  (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.

This course will introduce students to the historian’s craft, the tools used by historians to carefully produce and wisely consume historical arguments. Students will learn how to identify, find, and carefully evaluate primary, secondary, and tertiary sources. In evaluating sources, we will consider the historical context, identify the perspectives of those who created them and those whose voices are heard through them, and reflect on those omitted from the record. We will recognize ways in which perspectives change over time or from disparate points of view. At the same time, we will learn to use the historian’s tools to construct our own credible, substantive historical narratives. By the end of this course, you should be able to effectively conduct research, carefully evaluate and engage with sources to the point of crafting your own well supported narrative, write persuasively with accurately cited evidence, and notice and interrogate historical claims and assumptions, even those that surround us in our everyday lives.


HIST 303-001   A History of Greek Civilization:  The Greek City-State
Instructor:  Andrew Larsen (larsena@uwm.edu)
Class Meetings:  T/TH 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM  (AUP 104)

It is often said that Western Civilization truly begins with the Ancient Greeks. This course aims to help students get a basic familiarity with Greek history and culture in the Archaic and Classical periods. So, the course will explore Greek ideas about government, religion, the family and women, and philosophy. It will also include a classroom game designed to explore the political dynamics of Classical Athens.


HIST 307-001   A History of Rome:  The Republic
Instructor:  Andrew Larsen (
Class Meetings:  T/TH 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM  (LUB S171)

Ancient Rome looms large in the Western mind. The Romans invented the concept of representative government, their architecture influenced many of our ideas of what buildings should look like, and their military system is justly famous for its impressive accomplishments. So, this course will examine the history of the Republic from its foundation to its collapse. It will aim to give students an understanding of Roman culture, religion, notions about women and family, and more. It will include a classroom game designed to explore the dynamics of the Late Republic, when Rome’s political system was being to collapse.


HIST 319-201    The Era of the Crusades
Instructor:  Andrew Larsen (larsena@uwm.edu)
Online and Asynchronous

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 363-001    Germany: Hitler and the Nazi Dictatorship
Instructor:  Brian Mueller (
Class Meetings:  M/W 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM  (BOL B56)

Following Germany’s humiliating defeat in World War I, Germans, facing economic and political turmoil, longed for new leadership, someone in the mold of Otto von Bismarck, to return Germany to greatness. This course will examine how Germany’s dramatic fall from grace after World War I created a perfect storm for the rise of Hitler. Nationalism, racism, and antisemitism combined to wreak havoc on Germany’s fragile democracy. After notable missteps, Hitler and his National Socialist German Workers’ Party stepped into the void. Once in power, Hitler waged war on internal and external enemies. This course will explore how the Nazis constructed the Third Reich and the effect that Hitler’s totalitarianism had on Germans, at the local and national level, and Europeans. In doing so, this course will look at Hitler’s use of brute force and propaganda to gain the allegiance of Germans for his racial and expansionist policies that resulted in the Holocaust and World War II. Finally, this course will explore the collapse of the Third Reich and postwar reconstruction in Germany, a process inextricably linked to the emerging Cold War.


HIST 372-001    Topics in Global History:  Latino, Latin American & Caribbean Cities
Instructor:  Michael Martin (mmartin41@wi.rr.com)
Class MeetingsW 5:30 PM – 8:10 PM  (BOL B95)

The field of Urban History is dominated by theories that are deeply rooted in the experience of Europe and the United States.  This course, however, is designed to approach urban development from the point of view of Latin America.  The course will explore how social and economic forces have influenced the development of colonial and modern Latin America cities, US barrios and cities built by the indigenous people of the Western Hemisphere.  A special emphasis will be placed on the spatial development of the city and forces that bolster segregation.


HIST 379-201   Introduction to Jewish History
Instructor:  Lisa Silverman (
Online and Asynchronous

Have you ever wondered about Jewish life before the Holocaust? Or wanted to know what the big fuss is about Kabbalah? And where did Yiddish words like “schlemiel” and “schlimazel” come from? This online course covers the historical foundations of Jewish civilization from antiquity to the present day. Through a combination of lectures, readings, class discussions, and films, you will learn about Jews and the variety of their responses to political, socioeconomic, and cultural challenges in history. We will examine this broad span of Jewish history using traditional sources as well as alternative perspectives, including books, essays, memoirs, tracts, letters, and other documents.


HIST 386-001   Africans in World History: Communities, Cultures, and Ideas
Instructor:  Rebecca Shumway (
Class Meetings:  T/TH 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM  (CRT 124)

Africans played fundamental roles in shaping the history of the world up to 1850, and this course will focus on African agency in pre-modern world history. The course will challenge stereotypes about Africa 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 physical environments and cultural features of this huge continent and its people, 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 Africa and Africans.


HIST 398-001  Honors Seminar:  The World of the Medieval Castle
Instructor:  Martha Carlin (carlin@uwm.edu)
Class Meetings:  T/TH 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM  (HON 195)

Enrollment in this course is normally restricted to Honors College students. 

The medieval castle was both a physical fortress and a slice of medieval society. Castles were built by magnates – kings, bishops, and great lords – but people of every status lived and worked in them. Castle residents and guests included lords and ladies, their children and companions, priests and other clergy, household officers and servants, knights and men-at-arms, and visitors of all degrees.

In this course, we will examine the multi-faceted world of the medieval castle through the writings of modern scholars, and also through original medieval texts and surviving objects, such as buildings, artwork, and the material culture of everyday life. We will consider what it was like to live and work in a medieval castle; how castles were constructed and used, and how their designs changed over time; and the role of castles in medieval society, politics, and war.

Course work and objectives: There will be a variety of reading and writing assignments, and one oral presentation, and everyone will be expected to take a lively part in the class discussions. The reading, writing, oral presentation, and discussions will challenge students both to gain an understanding of the world of the medieval castle, and to develop and polish their skills in:

  • reading and evaluating sources carefully and critically
  • identifying and analyzing a wide variety of types of evidence
  • using such evidence to reconstruct and interpret the past
  • combining reading and analysis with thoughtful writing to produce clear, original, and persuasive arguments


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 195)

Enrollment in this course is normally restricted to Honors College students. 

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 409-201    Causes of the Civil War, 1828-1861
Instructor:  Lex Renda (renlex@uwm.edu)
Online and Asynchronous

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 causes of the conflict over slavery from the reasons why that conflict resulted in a 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 418-001   America in Prosperity, Depression and War, 1921-1945
Instructor:  Richard Popp (popp@uwm.edu)
Class Meetings:  M/W 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM  (BOL B92)

In the wake of Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds broadcast in 1938, researchers fanned out across the United States to figure out why so many listeners had believed the program’s reports of a Martian invasion. “In this troubled world of ours,” one California man responded, “there are so many things that have happened and are happening that the people are believing that nothing is impossible.” The statement captured the tumult of the times. Beginning with the onset of Prohibition and ending with the birth of the atomic age, the quarter century examined in this course was perhaps the most momentous in the nation’s history. Even a short list of major developments would have to include the Great Migration, the Harlem Renaissance, the Jazz Age, the second Ku Klux Klan, the Dust Bowl, the crash of 1929, the Depression, the New Deal, the emergence of a national media culture, the Labor Movement, and the Second World War. We will pay especially close attention to the era’s expressive cultures, including its films, music, sports, fashions, popular print, literature, and art, using them as windows into the social, political, and economic transformations of the day.


HIST 450-001   Growth of Metropolitan Milwaukee
Instructor:  Amanda Seligman (
Class Meetings:  T/TH 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM (END 127)

History 450, Growth of Metropolitan Milwaukee, is designed to teach students to share sharing historical research with the public. All the assignments in this class are public-facing or self-reflective. In History 450, you will learn about the broad history of the Milwaukee area and the deep history of one particular event. This year’s theme is the birth of Zero, the first polar bear cub born in captivity to survive, an event which occurred in Milwaukee in 1919.

In this class you will deepen your research skills and interpret your knowledge to audiences at the Milwaukee Public Museum (MPM) and online. You will collaborate with your classmates in a live Twitter re-enactment of Zero’s birth, write for a course blog about your research, curate a primary source with the option to publish it on the Documenting Milwaukee website, and enjoy professional development opportunities with staff of the Milwaukee Public Museum and the UWM Libraries. Please note that several class sessions and assignments will require travel to MPM and may conflict with your other classes or work schedule.

This course is sponsored by UWM’s Office of Undergraduate Research and is capped at 20 students. Assessment will occur through an “ungrading” process. 


HIST 453-201    History of Religion in American Life Since 1870
Instructor:  Christopher Cantwell (cantwelc@uwm.edu)
Online and Asynchronous

Religion not only shapes American politics. It also shapes American culture, appearing in movies, novels, music, and television in sometimes surprising ways. This class will explore the history of religion in America by tracing its presence in American pop culture. In addition to listening to lectures and reading books, we’ll also watch movies and television. Topics we will discuss include evangelical conservatism, Christian socialism, Catholic social teaching, Judaism and popular culture, theologies of Black power, and the transnational faiths of America’s immigrants. And all with a focus on the Cream City. The class will include visits to key places of worship and assignments will include writing the history of a Milwaukee church, mosque, synagogue or temple.


HIST 595-201   The Quantitative Analysis of Historical Data
Instructor:  Lex Renda (renlex@uwm.edu)
Online and Asynchronous

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 the application of quantitative methods to history.  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 600-003   Seminar in History: Africans, Slavery, and the Atlantic World
Instructor:  Rebecca Shumway (
Class Meetings:  W 11:00 AM – 1:40 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.

This class is a senior-level capstone course organized around the theme “Africans, Slavery and the Atlantic World.” It is designed for History majors nearing the end of their undergraduate studies and assumes that students have taken a historical methods course that satisfies the degree requirements, have had experience locating and interpreting primary source materials. The topic of our investigations is the network of commerce, cross-cultural interaction and migration that connected Africa to the other continents around the Atlantic basin between c. 1450 and 1850.  We read about Atlantic history in the first half of the class to get oriented, then focus on designing and writing an original research paper based on primary and secondary sources. Students negotiate their research topics with the instructor, but they have considerable latitude within the general boundaries of Atlantic history and the African Diaspora.   


HIST 600-201   Seminar in History:  Memorializing War and Totalitarianism
Instructor:  Winson Chu (
Class Meetings:  T/TH 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM (Online and Synchronous)

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.

The twentieth century has been marked by two world wars as well as brutal regimes that killed tens of millions around the world. Today’s Europe has tried to commemorate and memorialize these events under the motto “Never again.” Yet what are the stumbling blocks between European countries and the competing desire to remember and forget? This online course will look at several cases of “historical politics” in Germany, Poland, and other European countries. In the weekly readings and short assignments, students will be asked how European museums and memorials can distort the past and whether the concept of “totalitarianism” can be useful in comparing communism and Nazism. Students will also complete and virtually present a 12-15 page research paper on a topic in consultation with the professor.