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Department of History|College of Arts and Sciences

Student Learning Outcomes

Bachelor's Degree (B.A.)


The History Department Faculty has identified the specific objectives of its undergraduate curriculum. The following are the learning outcomes that we would like to see each History student graduate with. We are continuously and actively assessing our program to ensure that these learning outcomes are being met.

  1. Students shall be able to demonstrate thinking skills by analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating historical information from multiple sources.
  2. Students will develop the ability to distinguish between fact and fiction while understanding that there is no one historical truth.
  3. Students will produce well researched written work that engages with both primary sources and the secondary literature.
  4. Students will develop an informed familiarity with multiple cultures.
  5. Students will employ a full range of techniques and methods used to gain historical knowledge.
  6. Students will develop an ability to convey verbally their historical knowledge.
  7. Students will demonstrate their understanding of cause and effect along with their knowledge of the general chronology of human experience.


Graduate Degrees (M.A. and M.A.T.)


The History Department offers two distinct graduate programs. Any field of study offered by the Department can be accommodated within either degree program.

 
The M.A. degree is designed to prepare the student for PhD-level work. This degree program is also suitable for students interested in careers as community college instructors as well as for lifelong learners who seek formal advanced education.
 
Students who graduate with an M.A. in History will be able to:
  1. produce written work that incorporates consideration of the relevant historiography along with the theory that informs it;
  2. construct original historical arguments based on primary source material research;
  3. demonstrate a superior quality of writing both in terms of mechanics and in developing an argument effectively; and
  4. develop an ability to convey verbally their thesis research and relevant historiography and theory.

The M.A.T. degree is designed to enhance the teaching of history and related disciplines by secondary and middle school teachers. This is a non-thesis degree, designed to provide breadth of preparation rather than specialization. Applicants are expected to have already completed their certification and pedagogy courses.

Students who graduate with an M.A.T. in History will be able to:
  1. demonstrate the significance of historical topics with reference to broader historical context, historiographic trends, or contemporary relevance;
  2. construct original historical arguments using a blend of primary and secondary source material;
  3. demonstrate a superior quality of writing both in terms of mechanics and in developing an argument effectively; and
  4. convey a broad understanding of historical material suitable for teaching.

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