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Social Inquiry Department

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Anthropology

Anthropology is the comparative study of humankind: our common origins, prehistory, physical and cultural diversity. UWSuperior offers a minor in anthropology that inquires into the nature, meaning and significance of culture. Students benefit from a rich array of courses grounded in Latin American, Native American, African, Asian, Middle Eastern, and other cultures, as well as study abroad opportunities in Mexico, China, Southeast Asia, and Bosnia.

Broad Field Social Studies - Major

If you are interested in teaching social studies at the high school or middle school level, then the Broad Field Social Studies Major is designed for you. Broad Field Social Studies students pursue coursework in Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology and must also complete an area of concentration in History or Political Science. (Individuals interested in teaching must also complete a set of professional courses in Teacher Education.) Completion of the Broad Field Social Studies Major provides students the depth of content knowledge necessary to teach middle school social studies, high school classes within their area of concentration, as well as inter-disciplinary high school classes such as civics and world cultures.

Gender Studies minor

The Gender Studies program provides students with resources and opportunities to explore issues of gender and gender inequalities. The mission of the program is to raise awareness and to transform the university and the community through teaching, learning, and social action. A minor in Women’s and Gender Studies is a valuable addition to any major. In our global, multicultural world, employers seek people who are aware and informed about current issues of gender and sexual diversity.

Global Studies - Minor

Global Studies at UW-Superior offers a "window on the world" and will strengthen your global awareness. Students will gain knowledge, experience and skills for global citizenship. It’s an opportunity to explore interests in various academic paths, including study abroad, foreign language, and issue-specific study. Students are encouraged to consider multiple perspectives and ideas and to advance their critical thinking skills.

History - Major or Minor

In UW-Superior’s history program, students engage an increasingly diverse and interconnected world in deep and meaningful ways. By studying various world regions, and the connections among them, students gain a better sense of their own place in the world and develop the knowledge and skills to navigate an increasingly complex future. The program emphasizes critical thinking and analysis, independent research, and oral and written communications - skills that prepare students for a wide range of life paths.

Philosophy - Minor

The literal meaning of philosophy is “love of wisdom.” Its practice includes investigating a wide range of fundamental questions about human identity, purpose and values; the nature of knowledge and reality; individuality community, and political power; and more. Thomas Nagel describes it well in the book What Does it All Mean? when he says: “We couldn’t get along in life without taking the ideas of time, number knowledge, language, right and wrong for granted most of the time; but in philosophy we investigate those things themselves.” Some of the questions we ask in our philosophy classes include: How can human beings have knowledge of reality? Should everyone follow the same moral laws? Do we need God to tell us how to behave? What is the purpose or meaning of human life? What does it mean to “know yourself”? What are the limits of human freedom? Are human rights universally applicable?

Political Science - Major or Minor

Active citizenship is the foundation of the Political Science program at UWS. We offer courses that are designed to not only create informed students, but also students who can study the roots of problems, formulate creative solutions to existing local, state, national and international problems, and develop advocacy strategies that ultimately address and solve these problems once and for all. We are committed to your education not only in the classroom, but also by developing various activities such as internships, student activities such as Model United Nations, and through various student organizations such as International Peace Studies Association and Political Science Association.

Political Science - Peace Studies Concentration

Active citizenship is the foundation of the Political Science program at UWS. We offer courses that are designed to not only create informed students, but also students who can study the roots of problems, formulate creative solutions to existing local, state, national and international problems, and develop advocacy strategies that ultimately address and solve these problems once and for all. We are committed to your education not only in the classroom, but also by developing various activities such as internships, student activities such as Model United Nations, and through various student organizations such as International Peace Studies Association and Political Science Association.

Political Science - American Politics

Active citizenship is the foundation of the Political Science program at UWS. We offer courses that are designed to not only create informed students, but also students who can study the roots of problems, formulate creative solutions to existing local, state, national and international problems, and develop advocacy strategies that ultimately address and solve these problems once and for all. We are committed to your education not only in the classroom, but also by developing various activities such as internships, student activities such as Model United Nations, and through various student organizations such as International Peace Studies Association and Political Science Association.

Sociology - Major or Minor

UW-Superior’s sociology program offers students not just a fixed base of current knowledge, but the insight to identify major questions and the ability to pursue meaningful answers from local and global perspectives. Sociology studies all aspects of human society, including the ever-pressing issues of social, racial and sexual inequality. The program prepares students to understand and take responsibility for the social – the world structured by institutions, made meaningful through culture and lived in our actions.


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