Department ofHistory

Students should be able to demonstrate and accomplish all the skills listed in History Learning Objectives/Lower-Division Courses.  In addition, in Upper-Division Courses (numbered 300-499) students will:

1)      Understand the basics of historiography or how historians have studied the past

2)      Use primary sources more significantly and substantially than at the 100 and 200-level; read longer primary documents and learn to recognize and explain the historical genre or context they represent

3)      Identify and pursue independently a thorough understanding of a historical question or problem related to course content (i.e. develop the critical thinking skills and research skills needed to frame a successful research project)

4)      Develop the ability to locate, read, and interpret accurately a variety of historic source materials in the library and other locations; use appropriate academic and other databases and search engines to locate primary sources and secondary sources (e.g., books, articles, and reviews)

5)      Write a research paper that presents a clear, original thesis; situates that thesis within a thorough understanding of a historical question or problem; and explains that thesis through well-organized, pertinent interpretations of numerous primary and secondary sources; 

6)      Present work in class to student peers, students, and professors; the hallmarks of well presented work includes presenting and supporting a specific thesis or claim, showing and explaining related evidence, engaging an audience and answering questions, and doing these things within a pre-established time period.   Select and use appropriate methods and means of presentation (e.g., lectures, discussions, visual technologies, web-based tools, etc.)

7)      Develop and demonstrate professional work habits, including clear communication with colleagues or instructors, adherence to written and oral instructions, punctuality, attention to deadlines, and responsible collaboration with fellow students

8)      Articulate and cultivate one’s own values through engaging selected ethical questions and issues in the context of deepening one’s understanding of history