Social Inquiry

Mission Statement Top of Page

The Department of Social Inquiry fosters intellectual growth and career preparation within a liberal arts tradition that emphasizes individual attention and embodies respect for divers cultures and multiple voices.  through its contribution to the University's general education program and its major and minor curricula, the department helps students to become life-long learners who seek understanding as a valuable end in its own right.  In particular, the department encourages students to apply reflective and systematic through to the social world using the methodological tools of the social sciences and humanities.  our goal is to produce graduates who approach their lives, both as professionals and as responsible members of local and global communities, with reason and creativity.  The Department offers majors and minors in Sociology, Political Science, History and Broadfield Social Studies, along with minors in Anthropology, Global Studies, Philosophy and Women and Gender Studies.

Faculty and Staff Top of Page

Adams, Sarah LaChance - Asst. Professor of Philosophy

Augsburger, Deborah - Asst Prof, Anthropology

Bahm, Karl - Professor, History

Christian, Cindy - Sr Lecturer, Political Science

Dalpiaz, Brenda - Academic Dept Associate

Dokhanchi, Khalil (Haji) - Professor, Political Science

Edwards, Eric - Asst Professor, Sociology

Evans, Brianna - Senior Lecturer - SI

Gan, Cheong Soon - Assistant Professor

Gilbert, Greg - Senior Lecturer - SI

Johnson, Marshall - Professor, Sociology

Leopold, Theresa - Senior Lecturer, Sociology

Mansbach, Daniela - Assistant Professor, Poli Sci

Mulholland, Susan - Sr Lecturer, Anthropology

Prescott, Jill - Lecturer, Social Studies

Riker-Coleman, Erik - Senior Lectures

Shonk Jr, Kenneth - Asst Professor, Social Studies

Sipress, Joel - Professor, History

Smith, Robert - Senior Lecturer

Starratt, Priscilla - Professor, History

Trine, Mari - Senior Lecturer

Von Hagel, Alisa - Asst. Professor

Course Descriptions Top of Page

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ANTH - Anthropology
Catalog Nbr.Course Title/Course TopicsCredits
ANTH 699Independent Study1.00 - 4.00
Supervised independent study and/or research in Anthropology. Prior contract with instructor is required.
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of ANTH 101 and instructor consent.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
HIST - History
Catalog Nbr.Course Title/Course TopicsCredits
HIST 500The Old Testament and Its Times3.00
A survey of the history of the Hebrew people and their contributions within the context of other civilizations during the Old Testament period. The course will examine ideas and institutions which have contributed to the western tradition.
HIST 589History Elective1.00 - 99.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
HIST 695Special and Student Initiated Seminar1.00 - 3.00
This department offers a specially designed seminar or student-initiated seminar when interest warrants. In certain circumstances this course can be adapted to serve as the capstone experience. For further information see Special or Student-Initiated Seminar in the index of this catalog. Code will depend on topic selected.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
HIST 698Study Abroad1.00 - 5.00
Field trips designed to give students direct experiences in foreign countries. Each program includes preparatory reading, orientation meetings, a faculty-supervised study tour, and a detailed written evaluation of learning situations associated with the instructor. With consent of the department chair and content adaptation, programs provided by other agencies can be considered for this credit. Code depends on region visited.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
HIST 699Independent Study1.00 - 3.00
For advanced students majoring or minoring in History who have shown themselves capable of independent work. Each student is directed by a faculty member chosen by the student. Prerequisite: Approval of the department chair. Code will depend on topic selected.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
PHIL - Philosophy
Catalog Nbr.Course Title/Course TopicsCredits
PHIL 553Theory&Pract Intern Hum Rights3.00
The philosophic basis of differing theories of rights, their sources and scope; the relation of current human rights debates to liberal and socialist political philosophies; the use of United Nations declarations and international law in American courts. Cross-listed as PHIL/POLS 353/553.
PHIL 623The Nature of Scientific Thought:The Copernican Revolution and Galileo Affair3.00
An examination of the nature of scientific thought through a close historical study one of the major transformations in scientific and human thought: The shift from an Earth-centered to a sun-centered universe. Preexisting scientific, cultural and religious beliefs are considered, followed by a case study of the technical reasons that led to Copernicus's challenge of this two thousand year-old view. Galileo Galilei's contributions to the Copernican Revoltion and his subsequent trail and imprisonment by the Roman Catholic Church illustrate the scientific and religious reasons for and against this new viewpoint.
PHIL 654History of PoIitical Thought, Part I3.00
History of political thought from Plato to Thomas Aquinas. Cross-listed as PHIL 454/654.
PHIL 655Modern Political Philosophy3.00
Survey of political thought from Machiavelli and Thomas Hobbes to contemporary political theorists. Cross-listed as PHIL 455.
SOCI - Sociology
Catalog Nbr.Course Title/Course TopicsCredits
SOCI 699Independent Study1.00 - 4.00
Supervised independent study and/or research in Sociology. Required prior contract with instructor.
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of SOCI 101 and instructor consent.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand

Social Inquiry Department Contact Information Top of Page

Social Inquiry Department
University of Wisconsin - Superior
Swenson Hall 3061
Belknap and Catlin Ave.
P.O. Box 2000
Superior, WI 54880
Phone: 715-394-8487