History Courses

Our distance learning programs in history offer you the flexibility and convenience of taking a history class at “your pace, your place” from experienced, highly qualified, and caring instructors.

History courses are a requirement of many degree programs and are a popular elective. The flexible pace of our distance education history courses allows you to fully absorb the material and enjoy the experience. History courses may earn up to 3 university-level credits (seek pre-approval from your department or institute). Classes are available by correspondence or online.

About Independent Learning
List of History courses
About the courses
Also of interest
Contact us

About independent learning

The Independent Learning program at the University of Wisconsin offers self-paced courses in a wide variety of subject areas. You can start any course at any time, and take up to a year to complete each course.

Many students find that our courses are accepted as transfer credits to satisfy degree requirements either at the University of Wisconsin or at other institutions.

Click on a course to view its description in the Independent Learning online catalog

Course Titles University Credits
The Ancient Mediterranean (correspondence) (U448-110)
Modern European History: 1815 to the present (online) (U448-120)
The Civil War Era, 1848–1877 (online) (U448-393)
Independent Reading in Wisconsin Native American History (online) (U448-699A)

About the courses

Exams: Examinations are mailed to a proctor selected by the student, subject to the approval of the Independent Learning program. Generally, proctors should be academic employees of a college or high school.
E-mail lesson submission: Many of our courses give you the option of submitting lessons as e-mail attachments. Attachments should be either plain text or rtf (rich text format).

If you are already enrolled in a course and want to check on the availability of e-mail submission, contact Student Services at 1-877-UW-LEARN (1-877-895-3276). The Web page for on-line lesson submission is https://il.wisconsin.edu/current/submitassign.aspx.

Registration, transfer, transcripts: All of our university-level French classes are officially part of the University of Wisconsin Transfer Information System and generally transfer to all UW campuses without difficulty. If you are planning to use an Independent Learning course to satisfy the requirements of a particular program of study, you should check with that program's office for guidance. For information on transferring credit to an institution outside the UW system, please consult the registrar of that institution. See the main Independent Learning Web Site for additional information on registration, transfer, and other issues.

Handbook: The Student Handbook (PDF) has more information about Independent Learning.


See Frequently Asked Questions about Independent Learning courses.


The cost of each independent learning course is determined, on a per-credit basis, by the University of Wisconsin System. Visit the Independent Learning website for current tuition rates and fees. Full-time students at UW campuses may be eligible for tuition remission. For more information, contact Student Services at 1-877-UW-LEARN (1-877-895-3276).

Also of interest

Other courses: For a complete list of Independent Learning Courses in other areas, see the Learning Innovations On-Line Catalog.

Noncredit history courses: UW-Madison Continuing Studies offers courses on a variety of history topics. Learn more at www.dcs.wisc.edu/lsa/history.

Medieval history seminars abroad are a great way to travel while learning about history. Learn more at www.dcs.wisc.edu/lsa/travel/travhis.htm

Contact us

Jane Schulenberg, Department of Liberal Studies and the Arts; Mail: 21 N Park St., 7th Floor, Madison, WI 53715, Call: 1-608-262-8663, or e-mail jane.schulenburg@wisc.edu

The academic home of the Independent Learning History program is UW-Madison's Division of Continuing Studies.