Department ofHistory


1.      All History majors shall produce a substantial research paper that demonstrates competency in historical research and written expression.

a.       be aware of historiography as a field of study in history

b.      understand how historians use periodization and chronology

c.     be capable of researching historical topics independently, using appropriate historical   methodologies

d.      be able to write clear, concise prose

e.       be able to formulate and defend a thesis

f.        be able to locate and analyze primary source materials

g.     be able to use the Chicago Manual of Style  “notes-bibliography” system for citations and bibliography

2.      All history majors must develop a breadth of historical knowledge that represents awareness of the diversity of world civilizations.

3.      All majors shall be able to organize an oral presentation on a historical period or subject.

a.       be able to present information and ideas clearly

b.      be able to speak specifically through use of details

4.      All majors should be able to work collaboratively.

a.       be capable of leading and participating in discussion

b.      be able to listen for comprehension

c.       be able to ask thoughtful questions

d.      be able to provide formal feedback to peers in oral or written form

5.     All majors will develop the capacity to recognize diversity, complexity, and the moral dilemmas inherent in the study of history.  [Students meet this objective through the major’s distribution requirement, which requires a minimum of one course in each of the three geographical categories of history offered in the program.  These are World/Non-West History, European History, and U.S. History.  Upper-division classes also provide structured opportunities for engaging the moral dilemmas in history (see History Learning Objectives/Upper-Division, number 8).]