History Courses


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Course Guide
This is the University's main listing of all courses presented at UW–Madison. It is an online, searchable catalog of courses providing a broad spectrum of course information, including the ability to browse course sections offered each term. It is updated six times per day.

Class Search
Class Search is the real-time, online listing of course sections offered each term. Students can click on course sections to add them to their enrollment shopping cart.


History 600 Seminars

Spring 2017 History 600 descriptions are available here.

How Do I Obtain Authorization to Take History 600? Simply review the list of seminars posted online, make a choice, and then contact the professor using the method they have indicated next to their History 600 topic description (some may require you to complete a brief questionnaire, others may want to meet with you in-person). Once a professor has accepted you into their seminar, they will contact Isaac Lee, who will then authorize you to register (on or after your scheduled registration time).

Once you obtain permission from an instructor, Isaac Lee will email you to confirm your authorization and explain how to enroll for the course. You will begin receiving registration codes before seminar enrollment. You MUST REGISTER ONLINE at your designated registration time and complete your registration no later than the date Isaac indicates in his email, otherwise you will be unable to enroll in the class! **Please note that seminars fill up quickly, so choose a 600 seminar and contact the professor as soon as possible, especially if you are graduating in Fall 2017.

As sections close, this information will be posted on the History 600 Seminar page -- the timetable is not an accurate source of information about enrollment levels or availability. Priority will be given to graduating seniors.

History 600 Authorization process for students currently studying abroad is essentially the same as above, however, you will need to contact your perspective professor by email. Please let them know you are currently studying abroad and unavailable to meet face-to-face. If you run into any problems please contact Scott Burkhardt for assistance.

Undergraduate Catalog

The University of Wisconsin's Undergraduate Catalog is the central location for some official, basic information about its department and program. Find the Department of History's entry here, including the official requirements of the major.

[archive of UW Undergraduate Catalogs, dating to 1995, and Graduate Catalogs from 1994]
[archive of History course catalogs, dating to 1852]

Undergraduate Advising

Graduate Courses

Graduate courses at UW-Madison are numbered 700 and above, and History graduate students typically take courses at the 700 or higher level. Subject to program restrictions and by prior arrangement with the instructor, however, students may take 300-600 level course that carry the graduate attribute for graduate credit. For details, see the Graduate Handbook – Registration - Level of Course Credits.

The Course Guide lists all courses offered at UW-Madison. It is an online, searchable catalog that provides a broad spectrum of course information and enables browsing the course sections offered each term. It is updated six times per day. You may reach the Course Guide in two ways:

For graduate students, there is no practical difference between the two points of entry. (The only difference that the My UW version enables undergraduates to use the Degree Planner tool.)

History Syllabi Library

Current and past syllabi, arranged by course number, can be found in the History Syllabi Library