Curriculum Structure & Learning Outcomes

History Department courses are designed to produce the following learning outcomes:

  1. Synthesize a body of historical knowledge with range and depth in terms of period, region and perspective.

  2. Assess dynamics of causation, contingency and change over time in a variety of historical contexts.

  3. Analyze, interpret and evaluate a variety of primary and secondary source materials.

  4. Generate significant, open-ended questions about the past and devise and carry out research strategies to answer them.

  5. Understand and use the formal styles of writing, narrative construction, and argument specific to the history discipline.

These skills are introduced, reinforced, and mastered at the successive course levels in the following manner: