Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

Goals for Majors

  1. Graduates will be critical readers of both primary and secondary sources, and will use and properly cite both types of evidence in their written work.
  2. Graduates will master the formal styles of writing, argumentation, and presentation that historians use in their work.
  3. Graduates will achieve a basic mastery of research techniques in history.
  4. Graduates will have effective oral presentation skills.
  5. Graduates will understand historiography.
  6. Graduates will have a general familiarity with the intellectual, political, economic, social, and cultural history of the United States, Europe, classical civilization, the Near-East, and one “Non-Western” area.
  7. Graduates will understand the roles of race, class, gender, and ethnicity in history.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Student's work demonstrates the ability to communicate historical knowledge, interpretations, and arguments, clearly in writing and in formal oral presentations.
  2. Student's work demonstrates research and information literacy skills using scholarly resources, including the critical use of both print and electronic research tools, as well as the proper citation of both primary and secondary sources.
  3. Student's work reflects the ability to identify arguments in historical scholarship and to evaluate them critically.
  4. Student's work reflects an understanding of intellectual, political, economic, social, and cultural history.
  5. Student's work reflects an understanding of the constructions of race, color, gender, or ethnicity in history.