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History Program Learning Outcomes

A student who graduates with a major in History should be able to:

  • Identify major historical periods, ideas, people and events in more than one civilization/culture, such as North America, Latin America, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia and explain diversity within those cultures studied.
  • Demonstrate historical understanding by constructing interpretations of the past, identifying causal factors, tracing change and continuity, explaining historical development in context, and making meaningful connections between past and present.
  • 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).
  • Find, evaluate and use historical primary and secondary sources (information literacy). Demonstrate ethical standards in research and writing and use sources and craft arguments honestly, fairly, empathetically, and courageously.
  • Explain how moral, religious, and ethical developments relate to historical study and how historical knowledge and understanding applies to life outside the classroom.