Academics

History Advising Information

You may want to consider taking some of the following non-history courses to improve your overall historical knowledge and skills. A well-rounded education is what Wisconsin Lutheran strives for.

  • ART 211 and 212 History of Art 1 and 2
  • BUS 181 and 182 Macroeconomics and Microeconomics
  • COM 301 Forms of Public Address
  • COM 315 Persuasive Communication
  • ENG 210 and 211 American Literature 1 and 2
  • ENG 220 and 221 British Literature 1 and 2
  • Non-Western Literature English courses
  • Continental Literature English courses
  • PHI 101 and 102 Intro to Philosophy and Logic
  • Period study philosophy courses
  • POL 201 Local, State and Federal Government
  • THE 302 History of Israel
  • THE 411 Lutheran Confessions
  • THE 412 Religion in America
  • THE 413 Introduction to World Religions

Having actual work experience to place in your resumé is very important when attempting to find employment after college. You may want to consider enrolling in an internship while in college. An internship can give you both experience and an opportunity to learn if you would enjoy a given occupation. Please speak with a member of the history department if you are interested in an internship. The department maintains a list of local institutions that may have internship opportunities.

As a liberal arts degree, history will help you develop skills and abilities in research, writing, and critical thinking that are essential to success in any profession. The American Historical Association's Web site includes an extensive guide on careers for history majors: http://www.historians.org/pubs/Free/careers/Index.htm.

You may wish to consider minoring in another field to give you more preparation in a particular skill or knowledge area or for particular professional training. For example, an English minor provides more depth in studying either English or American culture and will significantly enhance writing skills. A philosophy minor will develop your abilities in reasoning, provide deeper background in the history of ideas, and would prove valuable to anyone wanting to study western political or cultural history. A business minor provides professional training that, along with the overall skills one develops as part of a liberal arts education, can help prepare you for a specific career path, make you more marketable when seeking employment, or serve as a first step to post-graduate professional training.

When taking your Senior Thesis class, be sure not to overload your schedule. Researching and writing a thesis requires a great deal of time. Consider your Senior Thesis as being the equivalent of two full-time classes.

After finishing college, many students continue with graduate work. The history faculty members at Wisconsin Lutheran want to help you succeed at that level. We are always prepared to answer your questions and advise you on graduate school. The department holds a biannual meeting with students to discuss graduate school, the GRE examination, and other requirements and facts you need to know. As passing a foreign language test is required for all graduate school programs, we encourage our students to enroll early in language courses here at Wisconsin Lutheran.

Finally, the faculty is ready to advise you on your courses, class load, and future goals at all times. Students are encouraged to stop by and chat with their professors in order to build a good working relationship.