Departmental Assessment and Student Learning Outcomes
Courses taught in the history department often work towards some, if not all, of the following desirable objectives. These learning outcomes are unique to the history department, and the departmental faculty have decided upon these common goals out of the many other possible and desirable objectives that come with the study of history. While certain classes might emphasize one topic or set of skills, by the time they graduate history students should posess the following:
- The ability to demonstrate content knowledge of world cultures and their interconnection to
global forces as they change over time.
- The ability to think historically: identifying the unique characteristics of past eras, articulating
causality, and analyzing change over time.
- The ability to interpret in their historical contexts an array of primary sources, including
manuscripts, artifacts, quantitative, oral or visual sources.
- The ability to engage critically with historical argument: identifying underlying theories,
assumptions, and approaches.
- The ability to conduct original historical research using primary and secondary sources, and
placing one’s own work within historical debates.
- The ability to communicate historical knowledge, interpretations, and arguments clearly in writing,
oral presentations, or public history projects.