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Department of History and International Studies History Degree

Major

YOUR HISTORY DEGREE GIVES YOU RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS SKILLS FOR A BRIGHT FUTURE

The history degree program combines a strong liberal arts foundation with professional bridges that develop specific in-demand skill sets and dispositions, making graduates competitive job applicants. It is designed for students preparing to teach and for those interested in such fields as law and library science. The Department of History and International Studies requires students to take coursework in U.S., world regional, and global/comparative history. Students may also take a concentration in race and ethnicity.

A history minor enhances the teaching possibilities for students majoring in other social science fields, in international studies, or in world languages.

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Why study History at UW-Stevens Point?

The history program at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is designed for students preparing to teach and for those interested in such fields as law and library science. The department requires students to take coursework in U.S., world regional, and global/comparative history. Many of our students also participate in semester abroad programs and international internships.
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Student Research Experience

The Department of History and International Studies frequently sponsors student participation in the College of Letters and Science Undergraduate Research Symposium and faculty-led research opportunities with collaboration on projects and publications through the College of Letters and Science Undergraduate Education Initiative.
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WHAT TO EXPECT

The UW-Stevens Point history program equips students to be global citizens who will succeed in a world where people and nations are interdependent, societies are diverse, and life is shaped by science and technology. By exploring institutions, ideas, and values of human societies, students learn essential skills in research, writing, and analysis.

The public internship requirement connects students with local historical societies and their ongoing research and programming.

Many history majors or minors find employment in teaching, but some seek jobs in government. With a few courses in business and economics, students graduating with a history degree can enter the business world, and history is one of the traditional majors for professional study in law, theology, and library science.

GET INVOLVED ON CAMPUS

History Club is a student led organization that organizes discussions, film viewings and trips to museums and historical sites for students interested in the discipline.

More opportunities can be found on the Stevens Point Involvement Network (SPIN).

MEET YOUR FACULTY

Faculty members in the department cover world history and bring a broad range of specializations to course offerings. Unique courses include: U.S. and global environmental history, the history of science, the history of medicine, public history, the history of the Middle East and the wider Islamic World, the history of the American Midwest, the history of Russia and the Soviet Union, and East Asian history. Meet your professors!

Brett Barker

  • Professor of History
  • Chair, Department of History and International Studies
715-346-4478

Valerie Barske

  • Professor of History and International Studies
  • Coordinator of International Studies and Peace Studies
(715) 346-2334​

E Jerry Jessee

  • Associate Professor of History
715-346-2404