The Department of History offers a broad introduction to the discipline consistent with the university’s liberal arts tradition. History studies humanity’s past endeavors and achievements with particular concentration on its relevance to contemporary society. The study of history promotes an understanding of the interaction of individuals and groups, and their effect on government, culture, religion, economics, and society.
The history curriculum exposes students to fundamental content knowledge, supplies training in research skills appropriate to the discipline, and cultivates effective oral and written communication. Through these methods, the department endows its graduates with a background useful to academic, professional, and vocational pursuits.
Our Student Learning Objectives
A student who successfully completes the history curriculum will:
Acquire fundamental content knowledge in global and American history.
Demonstrate competency in research skills appropriate to the discipline.
Communicate effectively in both written and oral formats.
Public History Student Learning Objectives
Knowledge Base in Public History
Describe key concepts, principles, and overarching themes in public history
Develop a working knowledge of public history’s domains
Describe applications of public history
Historical Understanding and Critical Thinking
Use historical reasoning to interpret behavior and experience
Demonstrate historical information literacy
Engage in innovative and integrative thinking and problem-solving
Interpret, design, and produce basic public history scholarship
Incorporate sociocultural factors in public history scholarship
Ethical and Social Responsibility in a DiverseWorld
Apply ethical standards to evaluate public history practice
Build and enhance interpersonal relationships
Adopt values that build community at local, national, and global levels
Demonstrate effective writing for different purposes
Exhibit effective presentation skills for different purposes
Interact effectively with others
Apply public history skills to career goals
Exhibit self-efficacy and self-regulation
Refine project-management skills
Enhance teamwork capacity
Develop meaningful professional direction for life after graduation