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Program Goals and Objectives

Goals for history majors (as tied to Core competencies)

  1. Students will develop a general knowledge of human history (Historical Consciousness, International Awareness, Social and Cultural Awareness, Ethical and Moral Consciousness).

  1. Students will understand historical interpretation and analysis of primary and secondary sources (Historical Consciousness, Critical Thinking, International Awareness, Social and Cultural Awareness, Ethical and Moral Consciousness).

  1. Students will develop historical research skills (Critical Thinking, Verbal Literacy).

  1. Students will be able to communicate historical knowledge in written and oral forms (Critical Thinking, Verbal Literacy).

Learning outcomes/objectives for history majors

On completion of an undergraduate degree in History, students will be able to:

1.        Demonstrate a significant degree of knowledge about both American and World history through completion of a broad selection of courses in history. (Goal 1).

2.        Ask appropriate historical questions that demonstrate an understanding of the discipline of history and distinguish it from those of other disciplines. (Goals 1, 2).

3.        Distinguish between primary sources and secondary sources used in the writing of history and know how to use and analyze each appropriately. Students will thus be able to:

           a.       Analyze a primary source as a product of a particular historical context; (Goals 1, 2).

           b.      Respond critically to a secondary source, taking into account the primary sources used by the historian, the historian’s methodology, the logic of the argument, and other major interpretations in the field. (Goals 1, 2, 3).

4.        Present historical analysis and arguments in a clear written and oral form, including the ability to construct an argument by marshalling evidence in an appropriate and logical fashion. (Goals 1, 2, 4).

5.        Write a research paper that asks a significant historical question, answers it with a clear thesis and a logical argument, supports it with both primary and secondary sources, documents it appropriately, and is written in clear and artful prose with the grammar and spelling associated with formal composition. (Goals 1, 2, 3, 4).

Updated 11.8.2010