Undergraduate Major: B.A. Degree

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

  1. Demonstrate content knowledge of history
  2. Analyze primary and secondary sources for their historical content and interpretations
  3. Demonstrate ability to research according to historical methods
  4. Demonstrate writing skills that reflect persuasive historical arguments based on evidence and proper citation

The Department of History believes that these learning outcomes will contribute to a student’s ability to think historically, which includes: :

understanding the people of the past; understanding the perspectives of historical actors and to view those historical actors from a critical, scholarly perspective; recognizing that people, events, ideas, and cultures have influenced later people events, ideas, and cultures; recognizing that history involves both change and continuity over time; and explaining connections between particular people, events, ideas, or texts and their historical contexts.

Graduate Program: Master’s Degree

Students who earn the Master of Arts Degree in History will:

  • Conduct historical research
  • Formulate and defend a historical argument in Standard English
  • Demonstrate knowledge of historiography and its changes over time
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the theory and practice of public history [for public history track only]
  • Demonstrate practical knowledge of a subfield of public history [for public history track only]