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, 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.