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History: Learning Outcomes
The history department curriculum is specifically designed to provide the following learning goals and outcomes:Outcome #1
Demonstrate knowledge of key historical facts, values, and ideas that have shaped civilizations throughout history.
Indicators of Achievement - Graduates will be able to:
- Identify major developments in the history of Western Civilization.
- Demonstrate comprehension of basic historical developments in a variety of civilizations.
- Demonstrate understanding of connections between historical events, ideas, and values over time.
Analyze primary sources in their historical context.
Indictors of Achievement - Graduates will be able to:
- Identify and gather appropriate primary sources.
- Demonstrate awareness of connections between sources and their historical context.
Analyze secondary sources and identify various approaches to historical interpretation through critical reading.
Indicators of Achievement - Graduates will recognize the interpretive nature of history by:
- Demonstrating the ability to read a secondary source to understand an author’s basic argument.
- Demonstrating the ability to explain an author’s approach to a topic and its connection to primary sources used.
Construct historical arguments based on primary sources and the historical method.
Indicators of Achievement - Graduates will demonstrate the ability to make a valid historical interpretation based on source evidence through:
- Written assignments
- Class discussions
- Oral presentations
Demonstrate ability to conduct independent historical research.
Indicators of Achievement - Graduates will be:
- Identify a thesis topic.
- Identify, collect, and analyze historiography on the topic (using library, archival, and other appropriate material).
- Identify, collect, and analyze primary sources on the topic (using library, archival, and other appropriate material).
- Develop topic into a viable historical argument through submission of a formal thesis proposal.
- Based on sources identified, write original interpretation of chosen historical topic.
- Present results of research in both oral and written form.