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Departmental Assessment and Student Learning Outcomes

  • 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.

General Education Student Learning Outcome

In support of the General Education Student Learning Outcome "students will demonstrate knowledge and abilities relating to . . . critical and creative thinking," the History Department pursues the outcome that students will be able to "explain how content is shaped by the historical context in which it was created," an essential part of critical thought.