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Read and comprehend complete and/or excerpted primary historical documents, based on a demonstrated ability to
- summarize the essential content of the document;
- identify key themes, and
- 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
- identify the key themes in the text;
- use examples of supporting data and specific detail; and
- 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
- recognize a sequence of chronology in a text;
- use examples to explain the interconnection among events (i.e. how one event or series of events/developments leads or contributes to another;
- 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:
- analyzing historical sources
- constructing an argument
- organizing supporting evidence