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Department of History

Michael Brose, Department Chair
159 History Building
Phone: (307) 766-5101, FAX: (307) 766-5192
Email: uw-history@uwyo.edu
Website: http://www.uwyo.edu/history/

Professors

RONALD D. SCHULTZ, B.A. California State University-Long Beach 1971; M.A. University of California-Los Angeles 1976; Ph.D. 1985; Professor of History 1996, 1985.

Associate Professors

MICHAEL C. BROSE, B.S. Seattle Pacific University 1978; M.Sc. University of British Columbia 1985; M.A. University of Washington 1991; Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania 2000; Associate Professor of History 2006, 2000.
ROBERT F. DEWEY, JR., B.A. Colgate University 1988; M.Phil. University of Oxford 1990; D.Phil. 2003; Associate Professor of History 2010.
MARIANNE R. KAMP, B.A. Dartmouth College 1985; Ph.D. University of Chicago 1998; Associate Professor of History 2005, 2000.
RENEE LAEGREID, B.A. Washington State University 1982; M.A.L.S. Wesleyan University 1994; Ph.D. University of Nebraska 2002; Associate Professor of History 2012.
PHILIP J. ROBERTS,
B.A. University of Wyoming 1973; J.D. 1977; Ph.D. University of Washington 1990; Associate Professor of History 2000, 1990.
CHERYL A. WELLS, B.A.H. Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada 1995; M.A. University of South Carolina 1998; Ph.D. 2002; Associate Professor of History 2007,  2002.

Assistant Professors

ISADORA A. HELFGOTT, B.A. Swarthmore College 1994; A.M. Harvard University 1997; Ph.D. 2006; Assistant Professor of History 2012, 2009.
JEFFREY D. MEANS, B.A. Grand Canyon University 1995; M.A. University of Montana 2001; Ph.D. University of Oklahoma 2007; Assistant Professor of History 2012, 2007.
DAVID MESSENGER, B.A. McGill University 1993; M.A. University of Toronto 1994; Ph.D. 2000; Assistant Professor of History 2006.
JOANNA POBLETE-CROSS, B.A. University of California - Davis 1997; M.A. University of California - Los Angeles 2002; Ph.D. 2006; Assistant Professor of History 2012, 2009.

Adjunct Professors

Bauer, Campbell, Elliot, Flesher, Hosmer, Simpson

Professors Emeriti

Cook, Dieterich, Gruenfelder, Hardy, Kohler, Moore, Williams

History

The Department of History offers programs leading to the degrees of Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and Master of Arts for Teachers.

The study of History at the University of Wyoming provides students with the tools to comprehend the present in order to prepare for the future. Challenging courses are designed to facilitate critical thinking and the development of analytical skills. Each of our courses features the discussion of complex issues, the development of writing and reading skills, and is generally oriented toward promoting individual enrichment. Our liberal arts undergraduate program of study encourages students to work toward a variety of career choices such as public history, archives and museum work, law, education, management, writing, government service, and graduate studies. The ability to develop perspective, render informed judgments, and function as productive citizens of the global community stand as hallmarks of our program.

Advising

The Department of History takes advising seriously. Prompt, accurate, and professional advising is a top priority at the University of Wyoming and the Department. To contact an advisor, please contact the department at uwhistory@uwyo.edu or go to the History Department web site, or phone (307) 766-5101. Doug Johnson is the Advising Coordinator for the department and will be glad to work with you on your advising needs. Faculty advisors are assigned to all students.

PRE-LAW advising is available. The American Bar Association encourages a broad base curriculum with an emphasis on critical thinking, communication, and writing skills. The department has advisers available to assist with designing a curriculum to meet pre-law students' needs.

Undergraduate Major (Effective Fall 2003)

To complete the Bachelor of Arts degree in history, the student must present at least 36 semester credit hours in history courses or approved substitutions. The courses must be taken for letter grades and a grade of C or better must be earned. Three semesters of credit in the same foreign language is required in the history major. College and university requirements must be satisfied as well, including Wyoming/U.S. Constitutional requirement that can be satisfied by completing either HIST 1211 or HIST 1221 or HIST 1251. The total hours required is 120 with 1 hour of Physical Education Credit (121 hours).

The history major has considerable leeway in course selection. Most courses taken as a freshman and sophomore are devoted to satisfying general university and the Arts & Sciences college requirements. During the first four semesters students are encouraged to take the 1000-2000 level 2003 University Studies Requirements (USP) as well as the required 12 hours of 1000-2000 level History courses. In junior and senior years, students take HIST 3020, 4030, and 15 hours of 3000-4000 History courses as well as the College of Arts & Sciences Core requirements. Three additional credit hours of history electives are required to total the 36 hours needed for the major. See below for general course suggestions; for more detail contact the department.

Because of the flexibility of the History program, history majors are encouraged to choose a minor in consultation with their academic adviser. The minor often can be embedded in the USP requirements and the A&S requirements, and usually does not require additional hours to complete. Additional History courses may not exceed 50 total hours to complete degree requirements. Students are encouraged to work closely with their assigned department adviser in preparing their schedules.

Learning Outcomes

It is the goal of the History department that our graduates have the following skills and knowledge:

  • Students shall be able to demonstrate thinking skills by analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating historical information from multiple sources.
  • Students will develop the ability to distinguish between fact and fiction while understanding that there is no one historical truth.
  • Students will produce well-researched written work that engages with both primary sources and the secondary literature.
  • Students will develop an informed familiarity with multiple cultures.
  • Students will employ a full range of techniques and methods used to gain historical knowledge.
  • Students will develop an ability to convey verbally their historical knowledge.
  • Students will demonstrate their understanding of cause and effect along with their knowledge of the general chronology of human experience.

Suggested B.A. Program in History

Note: USP requirements of L and D will be embedded in course choices.

Transfer Students: Please contact the Department concerning requirements.

Suggested Course Sequence

Freshman Year: Fall

Hours

HIST 1010 (I) or equivalent

3

ENGL 1010 (WA)

3

Foreign Language

4

Quantitative Reasoning (QA)

3-4

HIST 1000-2000 level

3

Total Hours

16-17

Freshman Year: Spring

Hours

HIST 1000-2000 level

3

HIST 1211, 1221, 1251 (V) or equivalent

3

Humanities (CH)

3

Foreign Language

4

Mathematical Reasoning (QB)

3-4

or/not both

Laboratory Science

4

Physical Activity and Health

1

Total Hours

17-18

Sophomore Year: Fall

Hours

HIST 1000-2000 level

3

Global Awareness (G)

3

Foreign Language

4

Mathematical reasoning (QB)

3-4

or/not both

 

Laboratory Science

4

A&S College Non-Western requirement

3

Total Hours

16-17

Sophomore Year: Spring

Hours

HIST 1000-2000 level

3

Cultural Context

3

Cultural Context

3

Mathematical reasoning (QB)

3-4

Laboratory Science

4

Electives

3

Total Hours

15-16

Junior Year: Fall

Hours

HIST 3020

3

HIST 3000-4000 level

3

Outside of Major 3000-4000 level

3

Electives 3000-4000

3

Total Hours

15

Junior Year: Spring

Hours

HIST 3000-4000 level

6

Outside of Major 3000-4000 level

3

Electives 3000-4000 level

3

Total Hours

15

Senior Year: Fall

Hours

HIST 3000-4000 level

6

HIST 4030

3

Outside of Major 3000-4000 level

3

Electives

3

Total Hours

15

Senior Year: Spring

Hours

History 3000-4000 level elective

6

Electives

6

Total Hours

12

Students who entered the History program before Fall 2003 should consult the Catalog of the year they entered the university for their requirements. If you have questions, please contact the History Department.

Undergraduate Minor

The history minor must take at least 18 semester hours of history courses, 9 hours of which must be at the 3000-4000 level. These courses must be taken for letter grades with a minimum earned grade of C.  For assistance in tailoring the minor content, contact the department office.

Public History Concentration

Public history designates the areas and careers that involve historical materials used for the general audience. Archives and museum management, historical preservation, historical publishing, planning and consulting on historical topics in public policy or film-making are among the fields covered by public history.

Along with its degree program, the Department of History offers a concentration in public history to students who complete the concentration requirements (18 semester hours). For further information, contact the history department. Completion of a concentration allows listing of the course of study on the student's transcript. Students should declare their intention to pursue the concentration prior to registering for the courses.

Public History Courses: Effective Spring 2003

PBH REQ1:
1. Complete HIST 2050, 4050

PBH INTERN:
2. Complete 3 hours of HIST 4400

PBH HIST PRES:
3. Complete 9 hours in the following areas:
Historical Preservation
Archives
Historical Publishing and Programming
Museums and Sites Management

Please see the department web site for a complete list of classes in PBH.

History/Social Science Education Majors

Through a cooperative agreement with the College of Education, students can now earn concurrent majors in history and secondary education in social sciences. Interested students should inquire with the Office of Teacher Education, McWhinnie Hall, room 100.

Graduate Study

The History Department offers both a Master of Arts (MA) degree and a Master of Arts for Teachers (MAT) degree.

Program Specific Admission Requirements

General Regulations

The Department of History requires 18 hours of undergraduate history courses as minimum preparation for admission. The rules under which the student enters remain those governing the program for the duration of the student's continued enrollment. In accordance with university graduate regulations, students are responsible for meeting all deadlines and for fulfilling all requirements for the degree.

Application and Admissions

To be eligible for financial support in the form of a Graduate Assistantship, the Department of History must receive all materials by February 1. All other application materials must be received by the Department of History no later than May 1. In addition to the application, applicants must submit the following documents directly to the Department of History at the following address:

Department of History
University of Wyoming
Department 3198
1000 E. University Avenue
Laramie, Wyoming 82071

1. GRE Scores for the verbal and quantitative portions with a minimum combined score of 1000. The Department of History reserves the right to consider the analytical [writing] score as well.

2. Three letters of recommendation that assess the student's academic and research abilities. Recommendation forms are available from the Graduate Student Resources page.

3. Transcripts from all undergraduate institutions and graduate programs.

4. A writing sample of 10-20 pages, typically either a portion of a senior thesis or an upper-level seminar paper.

5. A statement of purpose of 250-500 words, explaining the applicant's preparation, interests, and plans.

Program Specific Graduate Assistantships

When applicants submit their materials to the Department of History, they should indicate their wish to be considered for a Graduate Assistantship. Anyone receiving financial support must be registered as a full-time (9 hours per semester) student and must be making acceptable progress towards degree completion. Renewal of Graduate Assistantships is contingent on such progress. Support is not given for more than two academic years.

Program Specific Degree Requirements

Master's Programs

Plan A (thesis)

Candidates for the MA in history are required to complete a minimum of 30 hours of course work with at least 24 hours in history. This will include:

1. History 5880, normally in the Fall semester of the first year.

2. 12 hours of history course work in the primary field of history.

3. 6 hours of course work in the secondary field of history.

4. 4 hours of thesis credit.

5. Students must demonstrate a reading knowledge of a foreign language appropriate to their research. Generally, the language requirement may be met by either of the following options:

a. Passing a language exam administered by the Department of History in conjunction with the Modern and Classical Languages Department.

b. Completing the equivalent of the fourth semester of a language as offered at the University of Wyoming. All courses must be passed with a grade of C or better (may be taken pass/fail).

In special cases other relevant historical tools may substitute for the language requirement upon approval of the thesis advisor and the Graduate Coordinator.

6. In the spring semester of the first year, typically in early February, as scheduled by the Department Chair, the student will publicly defend his/her thesis proposal, which must include a written research prospectus and bibliography.

7. The student will successfully defend the final thesis draft before the Graduate Committee.

Plan B (non-thesis)

Candidates for the MA in history are required to complete a minimum of 30 hours of course work with at least 24 hours in history. This will include:

1. History 5880, normally in the Fall semester of the first year.

2. 12 hours of history course work in the primary field of history.

3. 6 hours of course work in the secondary field of history.

4. Students must demonstrate a reading knowledge of a foreign language appropriate to their research. Generally, the language requirement may be met by either of the following options:

a. Passing a language exam administered by the Department of History in conjunction with the Modern and Classical Languages Department.

b. Completing the equivalent of the fourth semester of a language as offered at the University of Wyoming. All courses must be passed with a grade of C or better (may be taken pass/fail).

In special cases other relevant historical tools may substitute for the language requirement upon approval of the advisor and the Graduate Coordinator.

6. Plan B students are required to write two substantial papers, one each in the major and minor history fields, which must be approved by the student's committee.

Masters of Arts for Teachers (M.A.T) in History

The M.A.T. program at the University of Wyoming has been established by the Trustees of the University in accordance with the standards recommended by the National Council for the Certification of Teacher Education. The M.A.T. is a professional, content-based degree designed to enhance the teaching of History and related disciplines by applicants who have already completed their certification. The integration of Education credit hours into the program is explicitly disallowed. Candidates for the M.A.T. must submit documentary evidence of state teaching certification with their application papers.

The M.A.T. is a terminal degree. It provides content preparation for secondary and middle school teachers, and should not be regarded as pre-doctoral training. The M.A.T. is designed to provide breadth of preparation rather than specialization. Consequently, a student will take courses in more than one academic department. There is no foreign language requirement for the M.A.T. degree.

By the date indicated in the Graduate Student Progress Report, the student, in the consultation with the student's adviser and the Graduate Coordinator, will select a committee of three faculty members (the advisor, a second member from the Department of History, and a third faculty member from an outside department) for the M.A.T. paper review.

Degree Requirements

1. Candidates for the M.A.T. degree in History are required to take a total of 30 semester hours with at least 24 in History. No more than 6 hours may be transferred from another institution.

2. All M.A.T. students must prepare a rigorous, article-length paper of professional quality.

3. Upon the Graduate Coordinator's verification of the student's course of study, the committee, by majority vote, will review and approve or disapprove the student's M.A.T. paper.

History (HIST) Courses

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