Fall 2020 Course Offerings

HIST 102-401   Western Civilization: 1500 to the Present
Instructor:  Nigel Rothfels (rothfels@uwm.edu)
Lecture:  T/TH 2:00 PM – 2:50 PM (BOL B46)
Discussion Sections: Days/Times vary

In this course we will re-consider the traditional story of the “triumph” or “rise” of Western Civilization — that glorious account of how the “Renaissance” and “Reformation” led to the “Age of Discovery,” the “Enlightenment,” the birth of modern democracy, the industrial revolution, and the eventual ascendency of the United States after the great wars of the twentieth century. By putting this old story in a world context and by looking especially for the origins of our current climate and extinction crises in the last five-hundred years, we will consider new ways to think about the importance of “Western Civilization.”  This really is a course about the “rise” of the West and the world-wide consequences of that rise, but the lessons of the course are lessons for our times.


HIST 131-401    World History to 1500
Instructor:  David Divalerio (divaleri@uwm.edu)
Lecture:  M/W 11:00 AM – 11:50 AM (BOL B46)
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 141-001    Global History of the Family, Gender, and Sexuality
Instructor:  Nan Kim-Paik (ynkp@uwm.edu)
Class Meetings:  T/TH 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM (BOL B46)

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 150-001    Multicultural America
Instructor:  Krista Grensavitch (grensav2@uwm.edu)
Lecture:  W 3:30 PM – 6:10 PM (HLT 190)

This course explores some of the historical origins and developments of racial and ethnic identities in the Americas. We will be looking at some of the different ways that Europeans, Asians, Indian Nations, and Africans struggled and interacted, shaping what we now know as “American culture.” We will especially consider how these interactions grew in and shaped Milwaukee and Wisconsin’s history and culture. In particular, we’ll begin and expand our exploration by looking to food and foodways as a cultural formation rooted in racial ideologies. Food and foodways offers us an entry to critically analyzing identity, memory, location, resistance, and reclamation – all elements central to an Ethnic Studies and History classroom. Together and with our course texts and resources, we will analyze competing perspectives and integrate various bodies of knowledge across traditional academic boundaries. In addition, we will apply critical thinking skills to identify and assess identity-based assumptions and biases in order to recognize their consequences on an individual, social, and cultural level. The project of this class is to start seeing our own families, communities, and other social relationships a little differently—to understand them in a different context than we did previously.


HIST 151-401    American History: 1607 to 1877
Instructor:   Rachel Buff (rbuff@uwm.edu)
Lecture:  M/W 10:00 AM – 10:50 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 Section

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 10:00 AM – 10:50 AM (MER 131)
Discussion Sections: Days/Times vary

In this class students will learn to put current events in historical perspective. We’ll concentrate our discussions of American history since 1877 on how the past can inform us about current issues like minority rights and social movements, elections, epidemics, impeachment, US military abroad, immigration, crime, gender and sexuality, and technological change.


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 (BOL B52)

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 210-001 The Twentieth Century:  A Global History
Instructor:  Marcus Filippello (filippem@uwm.edu)
Class Meetings:  T/TH 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM (HLT 190)

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 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM (END 110)

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 (thaigh@uwm.edu)
Lecture:  M/W 12:00 PM – 12:50 PM (BOL B52)
Discussion Sections: Days/Times vary

Explores the intersection of health and race in the US, 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 (larsena@uwm.edu)
Online Section

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.


HIST 248-401   The First World War
Instructor:  Marcus Filippello (filippem@uwm.edu)
Lecture:  T/TH 11:00 AM – 11:50 AM (LUB N146)
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. This course takes a global historical approach to examining the war and how people around the world participated and reacted. General topics in the course include the deepening of state power, the rise of nationalism, and the decline of multiethnic empires.


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 (HLT G90)

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 271-401   The 1960s in the United States: A Cultural History
Instructor:  Richard Popp (popp@uwm.edu)
Class Meetings:  M/W 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM (BOL B56)

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, turning tricks on 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. All the while, we’ll be mindful not to reduce the 1960s to a simplified story of liberal awakening. After all, at the same Academy Awards that saw Midnight Cowboy take home an Oscar for Best Picture, John Wayne walked away with Best Actor. To this end, we’ll explore how the more conservative quarters of U.S. culture also evolved over the course of the 1960s, not just by countering the era’s anti-establishment voices but by adapting to them as well, in some cases appropriating many of their most compelling themes. Indeed, the ever dynamic presence of the 1960s in American life (“OK Boomer”) speaks to just how contested the era’s changes in thought, perspective, and sentiment remain a half century later.


HIST 293-001: Seminar on Historical Method: Theory and Approach
Instructor:  Christine Evans (evansce@uwm.edu)
Class Meetings:  M/W 11:00 AM – 12:15 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 class will focus on the careful production and wise consumption of historical arguments. Students will learn how to find and interpret primary and secondary sources, from archival documents to photographs, newspaper articles, maps, documentary films, museum exhibitions, and historic monuments.  Rather than reading these sources for “the facts,” we will examine how different people, writing in different times and places, can represent the same set of events in strikingly different ways. At the same time, we will practice using the powerful tools that history gives us for uncovering, documenting, and communicating credible and important stories about the past.  By the end of the class you should be well prepared to research and write a historical essay, but you should also be better equipped to notice and interrogate the many historical claims and assumptions that surround us in our everyday lives.


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 346-001   Poland and its Neighbors, 1914-1945
Instructor:  Neal Pease (pease@uwm.edu)
Class Meetings: M/W 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM (HLT 190)

Much of the tumultuous history of the first half of the 20th century focused on east central Europe, and particularly on Poland, a country that has been called the “laboratory of modern history,” where the great issues of our time have originated, or had their greatest impact, sometimes for better, more often for worse. Subjects include the First World War and the subsequent redrawing of the map of Europe; the rise of Communism, fascism, and Nazism; the Second World War, and the Holocaust; and the dawn of the Cold War. This is a lecture course, illustrated with PowerPoint. Requirements include two papers of medium length, and a final exam.


HIST 363-001    Germany: Hitler and the Nazi Dictatorship
Instructor:  Brian Mueller (bsm@uwm.edu)
Class Meetings:  M/W 12:30 PM – 1:45 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 371-001   Topics in European History:  Antisemitism since the Middle Ages
Instructor:  Alan Singer (asinger@uwm.edu)
Class Meetings:  M/W 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM (HLT 190)

Anti-Judaism and anti-Semitism are perplexing and irrational phenomena. For many centuries, the Jewish people have been vilified for denying the divinity of Jesus Christ, which, along with supposedly being sentenced to eternal damnation, they were purportedly marked to be murderers, usurers, and villains of all sorts. In modern times, the traditional theological hostility of anti-Judaism has had to make room for the racist formation of anti-Semitism where Jews are also castigated for their supposed role in defiling and undermining the “white-race”. By the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, in old-style monarchies and empires, and in newly liberal nations, Jews were blamed for practically all social problems. The results of anti-Semitism were, as is well-known, disastrous with with its culmination in the Holocaust. This course traces anti-Judaism and anti-Semitism from the Middle Ages to the present, when seventy-five years after the Holocaust, the so-called “oldest hatred” continues.

In this course, we will address the following questions: Why have European and Western societies been so fixated on the Jewish people? How has hatred for the Jews been socially constructed as a mirror for larger society’s ills, and what ways has it manifested itself geographically and over time? And finally, why hasn’t “Enlightened” modernity ended this once and for all? By attempting to answer these questions, students will gain a broad understanding of one of history’s most vexing problems.


HIST 372-001    Topics in Global History:  History of Democratic Socialism
Instructor:  Aims McGuinness (smia@uwm.edu)
Class Meetings:  T/TH 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM (HLT 190)

This course explores the history of democratic socialist politics from the early 1800s to the present, with a focus on the history of the Socialist Party in Milwaukee, including the administrations of Milwaukee’s three socialist mayors: Emil Seidel (1910-12), Daniel Hoan (1916-1940), and Frank Zeidler (1948-1960). Students will examine the complex relationships between socialist politics and other political movements on the left and the right, including conservatism, liberalism, anarchism, progressivism, libertarianism, and communism. The course will place the political history of Milwaukee and Wisconsin in the context of U.S. and global history, including events such as the Revolutions of 1848, World War I, the Bolshevik Revolution, the New Deal, and the Cold War. Broader topics that will be considered include the histories of capitalism, labor, racism, feminism, free speech, the media, public health, and political parties.


HIST 379-201   Introduction to Jewish History
Instructor:  Lisa Silverman (silverld@uwm.edu)
Online Section

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 (shumwayr@uwm.edu)
Class Meetings:  M/W 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM (HLT 190)

This class will explore how Africans played active roles in making history not only on the continent of Africa, but around the world, before 1850. 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 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 399-001   Honors Seminar:  Seeing Race in Modern America
Instructor:  Gregory Carter (cartergt@uwm.edu)
Class Meetings:  M/W 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM (HON 180)

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 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 causes of the conflict over slavery from the reasons why the conflict over slavery 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 419-201    America Since 1945
Instructor:  Brian Mueller (bsm@uwm.edu)f
Online Section

In 1941, Henry Luce, the founder of Time magazine, waxed poetic about the United States being the greatest nation in the world and called for the inauguration of an “American Century.” Following its victory in World War II, the United States became the global leader. Yet even at its peak of power, the United States had to contend with disruptions both at home and abroad. This course will examine America’s rise to global leader as it faced the threat of communism during the Cold War and terrorism during the War on Terror. At the same time, the course will look at the social, economic, cultural, and political upheavals that shook the foundations of American society. This course will explore how women, African Americans, students, mothers, and workers, among others, fought to make the United States both more inclusive and egalitarian. As they carried out these campaigns, the nation’s political and economic systems faced a series of shocks. In the midst of these crises, the national government experienced its own transformation as conservatism replaced liberalism as the predominant political persuasion in America.


HIST 442-001   Beer and Brewing in America
Instructor:  Joshua Driscoll (jid@uwm.edu)
Class Meetings:  M/W 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM (HLT G90)

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 450-001   Growth of Metropolitan Milwaukee
Instructor:  Amanda Seligman (seligman@uwm.edu)
Class Meetings:  T/TH 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM (CRT 108)

In fall 2020, a revamped version of History 450, Growth of Metropolitan Milwaukee, is debuting for students who are interested in 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 150th anniversary of the first official US weather forecast, which was made by Milwaukee’s own Increase Lapham.

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 the inaugural weather forecast, write for a course blog about your research, curate a primary source with the option to publish it on the new 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 453-001    History of Religion in American Life Since 1870
Instructor:  Christopher Cantwell (cantwelc@uwm.edu)
Class Meetings:  M/W 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM (HLT 190)

How has religion shaped Milwaukee? How has Milwaukee shaped American religion? This class will use our hometown as the window through which to explore the history of religion in America. Moving from the nineteenth century to the present, the class will survey major trends in religious thought and practice, and then trace how those trends have impacted American politics and culture. 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 473-001    History of Wisconsin Indians
Instructor:  Akikwe Cornell (cornelaj@uwm.edu)
Class Meetings:  T/TH 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM (HLT 190)

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 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 600-001   Seminar in History: History of Propaganda
Instructor:  Christine Evans (evansce@uwm.edu)
Class Meetings:  M/W 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.

“Propaganda” in contemporary American English is typically used pejoratively to refer to the promotion of ideas or agendas that are presumptively false, harmful, even evil. But in many times and places, including socialist Eastern Europe in the 20th Century or the Catholic Church in the 17th Century, propaganda was a neutral or even positive term, referring to practices of influencing and persuading people that were understood to be moral and just. Moreover, even if most people agree that “propaganda” is bad, we are surrounded by efforts to persuade, mobilize, and convince us. Can better understanding the history of “propaganda” help us achieve shared goals and protect ourselves and our society against manipulation and lies? In this capstone seminar, we will explore the history of “propaganda” as a concept and practice. Students will conduct research on past efforts to persuade and mobilize groups of people, using primary sources from the UWM libraries’ archival and digital collections.


HIST 600-002   Seminar in History:  Africans, Slavery, and the Atlantic World
Instructor:  Rebecca Shumway (shumwayr@uwm.edu)
Class Meetings:  T 12:30 PM – 3:10 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, and have written extended analyses based on their research in prior classes. 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 a number of articles and books 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.