Bachelor of Arts - History: Program Goals
- Acquaint students with different ages, societies and cultures .
- Introduce students to a wide variety of historical sources and teach them how to use them for historical analysis.
- Instill students with an understanding and appreciation of the past.
- Hone writing skills: nearly all of our courses require extensive written work and our stated departmental goals insist that student writing grow in sophistication from 100 to 200 to 300 level courses.
- Develop oral communication skills: most of our courses require student presentations, leadership in class discussions, and other activities that foster good oral communication skills.
- Support computer literacy: many of our courses require internet usage, power point presentation, and familiarity with research engines and source databases.
- Promote critical thinking skills: encourage students to acquire the ability to synthesize and analyze disparate forms of information.
- Provide students with basic and advanced research skills, including fluency with relevent print and virtual bibliographic and research guides.
- Encourage multiculturalism: many of our courses contain units that stress issues of diversity, including race, gender, class, sexual orientation, and ethnicity.
- Foster a wider view of the world beyond American borders.
General Education / Liberal Education Requirements (College Goals)
- Students must demonstrate proficiency in written communication.
- Students must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language through the intermediate level.
- Students must become informed global citizens and gain intercultural awareness through a study abroad experience.
- Students must become acquainted with different ages, societies, and cultures and learn how to use a variety of historical sources.
- Students must be able to reason abstractly and appreciate the elegance of abstract structure.
- Students must understand the methods of scientific discovery and experimental design.
- Students must acquire problem-solving and research capability by identifying, locating, evaluating, and effectively using information.
- Students must be able to analyze and understand the creative process, assimilate experience, and communicate it.
- Students must be able to interpret words, images, objects, and/or actions that are expressions of human culture.
- Students must understand the complex nature of social structures and/or human relationships that involve issues of inequality and difference.
- Students must explore ecological, policy, social, cultural, and/or historical dimensions of human relationship to the environment.
Link to Curriculum Map (Courses mapped to Program Goals)