History Department Program Learning Outcomes
Approved December 1, 2017
At the completion of their program, history graduates will be able to…
- Develop a body of historical knowledge with breadth of time and place—as well as depth of detail—in order to discern context.
- Acquire knowledge of the variety of historical methods required to interpret the various dimensions and multiple perspectives of the human past.
- Apply historical methodologies to decode the historical record with the awareness that its provisional, contradictory, and incomplete nature – in both its qualitative and quantitative dimensions – requires a preference for complexity and comfort with ambiguity.
- Create and communicate historical arguments and narratives.
- Practice ethical historical inquiry as a central component of active citizenship that can apply the study of the past to issues of contemporary concern.
Additional outcome for Teacher Preparation Option
- Use their knowledge of historical content and methods to develop lesson plans for classroom grades 6-12 that effectively convey the content and significance of history to students in an engaging manner.
Graduate (MA) Program
- Acquire an expertise in the subject and scholarship of a historical subfield.
- Identify, summarize, appraise, and synthesize other scholars’ historical arguments and methodologies
- Devise and execute research projects that make original contributions to historical scholarship
- Craft well-supported historical narratives, arguments, and reports of research findings in a variety of media for a variety of audiences.
- Develop an ethical approach to historical inquiry that reflects deliberation, cooperation, and diverse perspectives.