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Our Mission


the Department of History

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 historys 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
  •  Communication

    • Demonstrate effective writing for different purposes

    • Exhibit effective presentation skills for different purposes

    • Interact effectively with others
  • Professional Development

    • 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

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