Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Art’s degree in History, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the nature and goals of history as a discipline, including the ability to describe the complexity of the past, the records historians use to reconstruct it, and the ways in which historical knowledge applies to life beyond the classroom.
  2. Summarize and analyze multiple interpretations of the past by identifying causal factors, tracing change and continuity, contextualizing historical development, and making meaningful connections between past and present.
  3. Demonstrate research and information literacy skills, including the critical use of primary and secondary sources in both print and electronic formats.
  4. Communicate historical knowledge, interpretations, and arguments clearly in written and oral form, and to format written work in the predominant style of the discipline (Chicago Manual of Style).
  5. Describe and analyze the basic themes and issues in global history and United States history, including an awareness of the history and legacy of systemic inequalities.
  6. Compare different societies, systems, and cultures, analyze historical continuity and change, and identify connections between local and global contexts.
  7. Describe and analyze the historical construction and long-term implications of social categories, such as class, race, ethnicity, and gender by critically evaluating the use of these categories in primary and secondary sources.
  8. Demonstrate a capacity for life-long learning by completing an independent research project involving the formulation of a historical question and the composition of a formal research paper exploring that question utilizing both primary and secondary sources.