Department of History Enrollment Information


PhotoSyllabi Library
Syllabi from previous semesters can be found at the History Department Syllabi Library. For more information about the Department of History’s undergraduate course offerings, please see the UW-Madison Course Guide.

Waitlist Policy

History courses will have waitlists except for: History 600s and some cross-listed courses. As space becomes available, graduating seniors will have preference; otherwise, seats will be granted to students in chronological order (the first person on the list is the first person off the list). 

Variable Credit Courses

For 3-4 credit courses, graduate students must enroll for 3 credits only. Undergraduates should check the footnote for the course. Sometimes the 4th credit is not optional. In cases where the 4th credit is optional, extra work may be required for the additional credit. Discussion sections are not optional for undergraduates, regardless of whether or not a student is enrolled for three or four credits. If you have additional questions about this issue after consulting the course footnotes, please contact the instructor of the course.

For more information about undergraduate courses, please contact the undergraduate program coordinator, Scott Burkhardt.

History 600 Information

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.

Arranging a Thesis or an Independent Study

Enrollment in Senior Thesis (691, 692), Honors Thesis (681,682), and Independent Study (199,698, and 699) courses is by consent of the instructor. You can obtain an authorization form in 3211 Humanities or download it here - Course Authorization Form (pdf). Once a professor has signed off on the form, bring it to the history office (3211 Humanities). If you are authorized for a thesis, you will also be authorized to add the History Colloquium (680 or 690). For more information about the thesis process, see the thesis page on the website and speak with the history advising team

Graduate Courses

Graduate courses require the instructor’s consent for enrollment. Many graduate syllabi can be found in the Syllabi Libary. For more information about graduate courses, also see the Graduate School Catalog. Please direct questions about graduate courses to the instructor listed in the timetable or to the Graduate Program Coordinator, Leslie Abadie