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Student Learning Objectives History

Bachelor of Arts

  • Recall and understand the importance of the key events, people, and ideas in a particular place, region, or time period.

  • Analyze primary source materials to recognize the position of the author/creator of these works, identify the significance of the audience and genre, and interpret their historical significance.

  • Articulate the central argument in a secondary source of historical authorship, evaluate the evidence used to support it, and compare and contrast that argument with arguments in other secondary sources.

  • Write an academic product in which she/he develops an argument about primary and/or secondary source materials and supports that argument with relevant evidence.

Master of Arts

  • Identify and interpret significant and innovative works of historical literature in at least one geographic or thematic area of concentration.

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  • Understand the scholarship, theory, and practical aspects of the fields of public and digital history, including historical media.

  • Engage in primary source research wherein s/he identifies and interprets original evidence, develops original arguments, and demonstrates competence in critical analysis.

  • Write in a clear and concise historical style.

  • Evaluate the argument, narrative, evidence, and historiographic importance of a monograph

Ph.D.

  • Identify and interpret significant and innovative works of historical scholarship in at least two geographic or thematic areas of concentration.

  • Engage in primary source research wherein s/he identifies and interprets original evidence, develops original arguments, and demonstrates competence in critical analysis.
  • Write in a clear and concise historical style.
  • Develop an understanding of historiography, and summarize a body of scholarship by identifying and analyzing its strengths and weaknesses and explaining its evolution.
  • Engage in extended and substantial original research that advances historical knowledge and makes an original contribution to the historical field, as determined by self-reported conference participation, publications, and grants.