Program Learning Outcomes


Students who complete the history major will be able to:

  1. Identify major historical periods, ideas, people and events in more than one civilization/culture, such as North America, Latin America, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia and explain diversity within those cultures studied.
  2. Apply historical knowledge by constructing interpretations of the past, identifying origins and causal factors, tracing change and continuity, explaining issues in relation to particular historical contexts, and making thoughtful connections between past and present.
  3. Craft and defend coherent and persuasive arguments, in written and oral forms; write clearly and effectively in a variety of genres, consistently formatting written communication in the predominant style of the discipline (Chicago Manual).
  4. Find, evaluate and use historical primary and secondary sources (information literacy).
  5. Demonstrate ethical standards in research and writing and use sources and craft arguments honestly, fairly, empathetically, and courageously.
  6. Explain how moral, spiritual, and ethical developments relate to historical study and how historical knowledge and understanding applies to life outside the classroom.
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