SUGGESTIONS FOR HISTORY MAJORS
Are you a history major? Here are the
program's three commandments and four suggestions.
1. You will keep every paper you write in
a history class with your instructor's comments. Disk/flash
drive copies are distinctly inferior. These papers will be
important for HIS 499: Capstone.
2. You will take HIS 311: Introduction to
Historical Thinking and Research the Fall semester of your
sophomore or junior year.
3. You will take HIS 499: Capstone your
last Fall semester at MUW.
1. If you want to go to graduate school
the Fall after you leave MUW, you should start work looking
for schools the summer after your junior year. Be sure to
consult your professors the beginning of your senior year to
get the benefit of their guidance in the search and
2. Thinking about what to do after
graduating? Consult your professors and the department's
page on careers.
3. Interested in public history?
Internships? Archaeology? Consult the department's page on
internships and archaeology.
4. Consider joining a learned society.
Doing so is a great way to find out more about what is going
on in a field. And you get on all sorts of mailing
lists--including catalogs with big discounts on history
books. There are many societies that focus on narrower
fields within history; your professors can direct you to
them depending on your interests. The United States has two organizations, however,
that take in all areas of history.
- The larger and older is the
Historical Association. Membership brings a
subscription to the American Historical Review
and the association's newsletter, Perspectives.
Student rates are $37.
- The upstart is
Society. Membership brings a subscription to The
Journal of the Historical Society and the rather
lively bulletin of the society, Historically Speaking,
which works to make history accessible and includes
articles, debates, and interviews with historians.
- Also of interest, and free, is
the History News Network,
which seeks to include breaking news involving history
and historians, and also includes blogs by historians.
Photo: M. Burger