The study of History incorporates the essential elements of liberal learning, namely, acquisition of knowledge and understanding, cultivation of perspective, and development of communication and critical-thinking skills. It reflects concern for human values and appreciation of contexts and traditions. History, in contrast to many other fields of study, is a discipline in which there is no standard content, no prescribed sequence of courses. The coherence of a history concentration therefore depends upon the success that students, teachers, and counselors, working together, achieve in developing clear organizing principles for their work. This concentration requires a minimum of 36 credits.
|United States History||6 credits||U.S. History 1 and Civil War, U.S. Constitutional History|
|Western History||6 credits||European, Canadian, Latin American, Caribbean or Australian History|
|Non-Western History||6 credits||Middle Eastern, African, Asian and the Pacific or Russian History|
|History Electives||15 credits|
|Capstone||3 credits||HIS 499 (Culminating course in concentration)|
Student Learning OutcomesStudents who graduate with a concentration in History will be able to:
- demonstrate mastery of content in one (or more than one) major historical culture, by explaining primary characteristics of that culture, the main events in hits history, and its historical significance;
- participate knowledgeably in the affairs of the world around them, drawing upon understanding shaped through reading, writing, discussions, and lectures concerning the past;
- see themselves and their society from different times and places, displaying a sense of informed perspective and a mature view of human nature;
- conduct research in primary and secondary sources appropriate for constructing a scholarly project of substantial length and determine the evidentiary value of those sources, including internet sources; and
- exhibit sensitivities to human values in their own and other cultural traditions and, in turn, establish values of their own.