University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
College of Letters and Science
Department of History

ACADEMIC ADVISING IN HISTORY

Professor Lex Renda
Co-Director of Undergraduate Studies
renlex@uwm.edu
Phone: 414-351-0511

OVERVIEW OF ADVISING
Welcome to the temporary advising web page of the Department of History!  As the Co-Director of
Undergraduate Studies, I strive to provide majors and minors with accurate and helpful advice,
and in an efficient manner, so as to enable each student to plan intelligently his or her curriculum
in History.

Please read this section in its entirety before proceeding.  I process declarations of majors and minors
in History, and I answer questions regarding the extent to which students have satisfied History major
and minor requirements, via email.   If you wish to declare a major or minor in History, or if you require
my signature on a form concerning the transfer of History credits attained at another institution, please
follow the instructions listed below.  If you wish to receive academic advice regarding the History
program, send me an email message.  I have online access to your academic records and can determine
easily the answers to most of your questions.  You can also call me at the phone number listed above
if you have general questions about the History major or minor.  Please note that my advising is limited
to answering questions that pertain to the History curriculum and the requirements of the History major
and minor.  For advice on other college or university requirements, you must consult with your college
or school advisor.  Note also that if you are making a declaration in History as well as in another subject,
I can only process your declaration in History.  To have your declaration of a major or minor in a subject
other than History processed, you must consult with my counterpart in that discipline. Finally, please do
not ask me to waive the requirements of the major or minor, as out of fairness to all students, none shall
be waived.
 

"WHAT CAN I DO WITH A DEGREE IN HISTORY?"
Here is a link to a career guide published by the American Historical Association that provides answers to
this frequently-asked question:  http://www.historians.org/pubs/Free/careers/Index.htm
 

DECLARATIONS OF MAJORS AND MINORS IN HISTORY
If you wish to declare a major or minor, send me an email message -- using, preferably, your UWM
email address.  Please be sure to provide me with the following information:

1) your full name, complete mailing address, home phone number,
student ID number, and (if you are declaring a minor) your school or college;

2) one of the following statements:

* I hereby declare a major in History*
* I hereby declare a minor in History*
* I am majoring in [subject], but I hereby change my major to History*
* I am majoring in [subject], and I hereby declare History as a second major*,

and (if you are declaring a major in History and are not already in the College of Letters and Science)

3) one of the following statements:

* I hereby switch from [school or college] to the College of Letters and Science*
* I will remain in [school or college], as History will not be my primary major*

Note that students may double major in History and Broad Field Social Studies
Education-History, provided that the School of Education is their primary school.

If you are switching from a History minor to a History major (or vice-versa), please
indicate as much in your email message.

I will submit a declaration form on your behalf to L&S Student Academic Services, and you will
receive an email message me from confirming as much.  Within a month (and usually much sooner than that)
your records on PAWS will reflect your declaration.
 

TRANSFER CREDIT EVALUATION
If you have earned credits in history courses studying abroad (or plan on doing so) and have been
informed that I need to determine the UWM course equivalents of the courses taken (or to be taken),
please send me an email message.  Please include the following information:

1) your full name, complete mailing address, home phone number,
student ID number, and school or college.

2) name and location of the institution where the course or courses were
taken (or will be taken);

3) the semester and year in which the course or courses were
taken (or will be taken);

4) and the title and number of the course or courses taken (or to be taken).

If you have an electronic copy of the syllabus for the course or courses in question, please
attach it.  Although a syllabus may not be necessary, it is helpful.  If I need more information about the
course, I will contact you in any case.

I will adjudicate the matter, complete the relevant portion of a study abroad form (I already have copies
in my possession), and mail the same back to you (note that you are permitted to submit more than one form,
should you have courses in multiple disciplines that require departmental recommendations).
 

REQUIREMENTS FOR AN UNDERGRADUATE HISTORY MAJOR
History majors must complete at least 36 credits in History courses, distributed as follows:
1) At least 6 credits in European history
2) At least 6 credits in U.S. history
3) At least 9 credits in Non-western or Global history
4) At least 3 credits in a course dealing preponderantly with the period before 1500.
5) At least 18 credits in courses numbered 300 and above  (15 of which must be taken at UWM)
6) At least one of the following courses: History 288, 291, 293, 294, 594, 595, or 596.
7) History 600  (course prerequisite is one of the following:  History 288, 291, 293, 294, 594, 595, or 596).
Other prerequisites include the declaration of your major in History (or Broad Field Social Studies Education -
History), senior standing (junior standing for Broad Field Social Studies Education – History majors), and
satisfaction of the English and mathematics competency requirements.

Students should pay particular attention to requirements #6 and #7. They will not be permitted to enroll in
History 600 (the senior seminar) until after they have passed one of the courses in historical methods listed
under #6. This sequence may not be reversed, and students may not satisfy both requirements in the same
semester. Prospective majors should fulfill the "methods" requirement at an early stage of their progress in
the curriculum, and no later than the next to last semester before they plan to graduate.

Note:  Courses may count toward the fulfillment of more than one requirement.  Students must maintain a 2.500 GPA in
all History credits attempted at UWM and a 2.500 GPA in all History credits attempted at all institutions attended,
collectively.  In History courses taken on a credit/no credit basis (whether applied to the requirements of the major
or not, and whether taken before or after the major has been declared), regular letter grades are
recorded on student transcripts and are used in GPA calculations.  Students may apply no more than six credits
in independent study courses toward the requirements of the History major.
 

REQUIREMENTS FOR AN UNDERGRADUATE HISTORY MINOR
History minors must complete at least 18 credits in History courses, distributed as follows:
1) At least 3 credits in EACH of the following 3 areas:
    a) European history
    b) U.S. history
    c) Non-western or Global history.
2) At least 9 credits in courses numbered 300 or above, taken at UWM.

Note:  Courses may count toward the fulfillment of more than one requirement.  Students must maintain a 2.500 GPA in
all History credits attempted at UWM and a 2.500 GPA in all History credits attempted at all institutions attended,
collectively.  In History courses taken on a credit/no credit basis (whether applied to the requirements of the minor or not,
and whether taken before or after the minor has been declared), regular letter grades are recorded on student transcripts
and are used in GPA calculations.  Students may apply no more than three credits in independent study courses toward
the requirements of the History minor.
 

CATEGORIZATION OF COURSES BY GEOGRAPHIC AREA
Following are the areas towards which courses count in the fulfillment of major and minor requirements:

European History: History 101, 102, 201 through 206, 220, 226 through 228, 235, 236, 238, 239, 241, 242, 248 through 250,
301 through 369, 371, 374, 375.

U.S. History: History 150, 151, 152, 229, 243 through 245, 251, 262 through 272, 403 through 474, 654.

Non-Western or Global History: History 131, 132, 141, 175, 176, 180, 210, 215, 246, 274, 275, 280 through 283,
285 through  287, 290, 295, 372, 376 through 397, 400 through 402, 596.

Geographic Area Determined by Specific Topic: History 190, 192, 193, 199, 200, 296, 297, 299, 370, 373, 398, 399,
497, 499, 594, 599, 600, 681, 682, 699. The geographic area of concentration in sections of History 600, where the same
is not obvious in the title, is by default designated in accordance with the primary teaching interests of the instructor.  In such
cases, and with the instructor's approval, History 600 can count toward different areas for different students, as determined
by the predominant focus of their individual work in the course. Note that in such cases History 600 can not be considered
a Non-Western or Global  course unless at least a substantial part of the student’s work includes the study of either Asian,
African, Middle Eastern, or Latin American History.

No Geographic Category: History 288, 289, 291, 293, 294, 489, 595, 651.

Note:  If taken prior to the Spring, 2006 semester, History 246 counts as a European History course.
 

ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL HISTORY (Pre-1500) REQUIREMENT
The following courses satisfy the pre-1500 requirement of the History major: History 101, 131, 175, 201 through 204, 235,
274, 280, 301, 303, 304, 307, 308, 318 through 320, 325, 376, 383, 384, 394.

The following variable-topics courses satisfy the pre-1500 requirement of the History major if the specific topic deals
preponderantly with the era prior to 1500:  History 192, 193, 199, 200, 250, 270, 290, 296, 297, 299, 370 through
373, 398 through 402, 497, 499, 594, 599, 600, 681, 682, 699.  As individual student topics may vary in History 600,
that course can, with the instructor’s approval, count toward the pre-1500 requirement for certain students, as
determined by the predominant focus of their individual work in the course.

Note:  If taken prior to the Spring, 2007 semester, History 385 also counts as a pre-1500 course.  If taken prior to the
Spring 2006 semester, History 394 does not count as a pre-1500 course.
 

VARIABLE-TOPICS COURSES TAKEN AS REPEATS
Unless indicated otherwise in the schedule of classes, enrollment in a variable-topics course is considered a "repeat" of an
earlier enrollment in that course ONLY if the specific topic is exactly the same in each semester.
 

CROSS-LISTED AND JOINTLY-OFFERED COURSES
Portuguese 360, with the sub-title or topic "History of Brazil", may be used to fulfill the requirements of the undergraduate
major or minor in history. It counts as a non-western/global history course.   Following are courses offered by other
departments with identical course numbers in History, and they may be taken to fulfill the requirements of the
undergraduate major or minor in History:  Health Care Administration 228; Hebrew Studies 274; Hebrew Studies 275;
Jewish Studies 358; Jewish Studies 379; Philosophy 275.
 

HONORS IN HISTORY
History majors who maintain a 3.0 GPA in all credits attempted at UWM, a 3.5 GPA in all History credits attempted at
UWM, and a 3.5 GPA in all History advanced credits (courses numbered 300 or higher) attempted at UWM graduate
with "honors" in the History major.
 

SENIOR THESIS OPTION
Students choosing this two-semester sequence (History 681-682) write a substantial research paper on a topic of their
choice in consultation with a faculty thesis advisor. The prerequisites for History 681 are the same as for History 600.
Students must also receive approval from the faculty thesis advisor and department chair prior to enrolling. History
majors with a GPA of 3.333 or higher in all history credits attempted may, with the consent of the faculty thesis advisor
and the department chair, take the sequence in lieu of History 600 to satisfy (in part) major
requirements and the L&S research course requirement. To access and print out the senior thesis proposal form,
point to: http://www.uwm.edu/Dept/History/pdf/senior_thesis.doc
 

INDEPENDENT STUDY
Students enrolling in independent study (History 199 for freshmen and sophomores; History 699 for juniors and seniors)
must have a minimum GPA of 2.500 in all credits attempted at UWM. It is recommended that students work only
with faculty from whom they have previously taken classes and they may not enroll in independent study for work
already completed. When enrolling, students shall select the section number of the instructor with whom they will be
working. Students must, after consulting with said instructor, complete in typewritten form and print out the following:
http://www.uwm.edu/letsci/forms/independentstudy.doc.  This form contains the details of the independent study proposal;
it should be completed during the first two weeks of the semester. The supervising faculty member, the department chair,
and the dean must approve the proposal. A student should not take more than three credits of independent study in one
semester from the same faculty member. Students may apply no more than six credits in independent study courses
toward the requirements of the History major, and no more than three credits in independent study courses toward
the requirements of the History minor.
 

INTERNSHIPS
Students wishing to do an internship for credit (History 289 for freshmen and sophomores; History 489 for juniors and
seniors) should consult with one of the coordinators of public history -- either Professor Michael Gordon (Holton 346,
x-4314, mgordon@uwm.edu ) or Professor Jasmine Alinder (Holton 385, x-3675, jalinder@uwm.edu ).  Students
must, prior to enrolling in either History 289 or History 489, print out and complete a Student Internship Application
(http://www.uwm.edu/Dept/History/pdf/internship_app.doc) and a Faculty and Student Internship Contract
(http://www.uwm.edu/Dept/History/pdf/internship_contract.doc).