Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates with a History major will:

Read and comprehend complete and/or excerpted primary historical documents, based on a demonstrated ability to

  1. summarize the essential content of the document;
  2. identify key themes, and
  3. explain the background and historical context of the document (time, place, cultural conditions, links to other course readings and topics).

Comprehend works of secondary historical scholarship, based on a demonstrated ability to

  1. identify the key themes in the text;
  2. use examples of supporting data and specific detail; and
  3. describe the relationship between the themes and the supporting data (indicate how the details of the historical text contribute to and support the identified themes). 

Understand, on a basic level, the essential nature of history as a complex, dynamic process of story-telling and interpretation of past events, based on a demonstrated ability to

  1. recognize a sequence of chronology in a text;
  2. use examples to explain the interconnection among events (i.e. how one event or series of events/developments leads or contributes to another;          
  3. explain the concept of historical periods as post-facto chronological divisions devised to facilitate understanding of the characteristics of a designated era.

All history majors are expected to demonstrate SLO #1, #2, and #3 and the following:

Produce coherent essays on historical topics by applying the historical method which incorporates the following skills:

  1. analyzing historical sources
  2. constructing an argument
  3. organizing supporting evidence