Learning Outcomes for the Department of History


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Undergraduate Major: B.A. Degree

Students who earn the Bachelor of Arts degree in history will be able:

*to demonstrate general knowledge of U.S. and world history and in-depth knowledge of a particular historical question;
*to recognize and to pose significant historical questions;
*to find useful primary and secondary sources;
*to analyze sources critically;
*to cite sources properly;
*to write in standard English;
*to make an effective ten-minute oral presentation;
*to construct a persuasive historical argument based on evidence; and
*to think historically. 

Thinking historically requires one:

* to seek to understand the people of the past;
*to seek to understand the perspective of historical actors and to view those historical actors from a critical, scholarly perspective;
*to recognize that people, events, ideas, and cultures have influenced later people, events, ideas, and cultures;
*to recognize that history involves both change and continuity over time; and
*to draw and to explain connections between particular people, events, ideas, or texts and their historical contexts.


[Revised 8/22/13]



Graduate Program: Master’s Degree:

Students completing the Master of Arts Degree in History will:


*demonstrate the ability to undertake advanced historical research;

*show basic familiarity with historical literature in major and minor fields of study;

*demonstrate an understanding of historiography and its permutations over time;

*be able to identify and describe career options in the field of history;

*demonstrate a knowledge of the theory and ethics of public history [for Public History concentration];

*demonstrate  knowledge of the standards and practices for at least two fields in public history [for Public History concentration];

*apply practical skills in at least two fields of public history [for Public History concentration].


[Revised 8/03]