History

TYPE: Major/Minor/Concentration
DEGREE: B.A./B.S.
DEPARTMENT: Social Inquiry Department

LOCATION: On-Campus
4-YEAR PATHWAY: Graduate in 4 Years

General Description

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.

The History major requires 33 credits distributed across a range of world history fields, including U.S., European, African, Latin American, Asian, and Middle Eastern history. Students also complete coursework exploring the issues of race, ethnicity and gender. All history majors complete a senior thesis in which they independently research a significant historical question of their own choosing. Graduating seniors present their thesis findings publicly at the annual History Thesis Conference held each spring.

The History - Teaching major is intended for students who want to teach history in middle schools or high schools.

The Broad Field Social Studies major with a History Concentration is a comprehensive liberal arts major that includes courses in areas such as anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, psychology and sociology. Students who wish to use this major as preparation for a teaching career must complete Wisconsin Teacher Certification requirements.

Program Outcomes

Through a major or minor in history at UW-Superior, you will:

  • Gain the intellectual skills and habits of mind to think critically and communicate effectively.
  • Grow in global awareness and intellectual flexibility.
  • Learn how to clearly express your thoughts through writing.
  • Know how to construct abstract ideas from concrete sources and information.
  • Be prepared for further graduate study.
  • Be prepared to conduct historical research.

Career Opportunities

A major or minor in history expands your critical thinking, writing and research skills opening numerous career doors, including:

  • Account executive
  • Residential assistant/advisor
  • Journalist/reporter
  • Museum curator
  • Librarian
  • Library artifact manager
  • Technical writer
  • Editor
  • Copywriter
  • Teacher
  • Politician

Did You Know?

  • UW-Superior's history program is among the leaders in offering a global focus that prepares students for an increasingly complex world.
  • The Superior-Duluth region offers a variety of internship opportunities at museums and archives.
  • All history majors complete a senior thesis, involving significant independent research.
  • Students preparing to teach history benefit from UW-Superior's highly regarded Teacher Education program.
  • Students work one-on-one with professors who have a wide range of expertise.
  • Class of: 2017
    The small class sizes allow for those personal relationships so you can voice yourself and grow. Read more.
  • Class of: 2006
    History got me engaged, and I grew so much in the program. My instructors pushed me to be a better person." Read more.

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