History Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of 100-level courses, students should:
- Demonstrate a basic knowledge of broad historical events in the specific content area;
- Understand the process by which historians evaluate historical sources;
- Use evidence/primary documents to formulate interpretations;
- Gain experience presenting persuasive analysis.
Upon completion of 200-level courses, students should:
- Demonstrate a broad knowledge of significant historical events in the specific content area during a well-defined period or within a particular thematic focus;
- Engage in the process of historical interpretation through analysis of documents;
- Discern historical argumentation and compare different approaches;
- Demonstrate the ability to retrieve course materials from electronic databases and learning platforms;
- Present coherent and persuasive arguments in oral and written form.
Upon completion of 300-level courses, students should:
- Demonstrate familiarity with a range of historical interpretations in a well-defined subject area;
- Apply their analytical skills to complex historical questions and debates;
- Demonstrate the ability to compare and synthesize multiple historical interpretations;
- Present coherent and persuasive arguments in oral and written form;
- Demonstrate a familiarity with research methods, including the use of electronic databases.
Upon completion of 400-level courses, students should:
- Understand ethical issues historians face as interpreters of the past;
- Design their own research project that exhibits their ability to develop a thesis, collect and interpret data, and correctly cite sources or work closely with the internship coordinator to develop and complete an internship project;
- Formally present research findings (if applicable) in a persuasive, coherent, and professional manner.