Department: Social Inquiry
Delivery Method: On-Campus
Type: Major/Minor
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In UW-Superior’s history program, you will engage in our diverse and interconnected world in deep and meaningful ways. By studying various world regions, and the connections among them, you will gain a better sense of your 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 you 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, and Latin American, Asian history. You 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, which is held each spring.

Graduates of the UW-Superior History program work in a wide range of professional fields, including education, law, journalism, museums and libraries, business, and government.

Teach Social Studies or History in Middle or High School

A history major with a social studies teaching concentration leads to licensure in the State of Wisconsin and would allow you to teach classes in history and the social science classes in grades 4-12. Certification for licensure requires completion of the instruction minor and student teaching in the middle and/or high school. 

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Experienced Professors

Work one-on-one with professors who have a wide range of expertise.


Internship Opportunities

The Superior-Duluth region offers a variety of internship opportunities at museums, archives and more.



UW-Superior’s history program offers an innovative global focus that prepares students for an increasingly complex world.

What You’ll Learn

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

I had reservations about going back to school after several years, about fitting in, but my experience at UWS has been wonderful. I’ve had nothing but support from my instructors and have really felt challenged by the work. The small class sizes give me opportunity to interact with my fellow students and not to feel so much like an outsider.

Catherine Taylor,

The Social Inquiry Department’s history and philosophy programs have absolutely changed my life! I’ve been given so many wonderful and unique opportunities to grow my academic and professional skills. Through that and the encouragement of everyone in the department, I’ve gained so much more confidence in myself, in and out of the classroom.

Lauren Steltz,
History, Philosophy

Program Outcomes/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 or advisor
  • Journalist
  • Museum curator
  • Librarian
  • Library artifact manager
  • Technical writer
  • Editor
  • Copywriter
  • Teacher
  • Politician

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