Bachelor of Arts - History: Program Goals

Program Goals

  1. Acquaint students with different ages, societies and cultures .
  2. Introduce students to a wide variety of historical sources and teach them how to use them for historical analysis.
  3. Instill students with an understanding and appreciation of the past.
  4. 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.
  5. Develop oral communication skills: most of our courses require student presentations, leadership in class discussions, and other activities that foster good oral communication skills.
  6. Support computer literacy: many of our courses require internet usage, power point presentation, and familiarity with research engines and source databases.
  7. Promote critical thinking skills:  encourage students to acquire the ability to synthesize and analyze disparate forms of information.
  8. Provide students with basic and advanced research skills, including fluency with relevant print and virtual bibliographic and research guides.
  9. Encourage multiculturalism:  many of our courses contain units that stress issues of diversity, including race, gender, class, sexual orientation, and ethnicity.
  10. Foster a wider view of the world beyond American borders.

General Education / Liberal Education Requirements (College Goals)

  1. Students must demonstrate proficiency in written communication.
  2. Students must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language through the intermediate level.
  3. Students must become informed global citizens and gain intercultural awareness through a study abroad experience.
  4. Students must become acquainted with different ages, societies, and cultures and learn how to use a variety of historical sources.
  5. Students must be able to reason abstractly and appreciate the elegance of abstract structure.
  6. Students must understand the methods of scientific discovery and experimental design.
  7. Students must acquire problem-solving and research capability by identifying, locating, evaluating, and effectively using information.
  8. Students must be able to analyze and understand the creative process, assimilate experience, and communicate it.
  9. Students must be able to interpret words, images, objects, and/or actions that are expressions of human culture.
  10. Students must understand the complex nature of social structures and/or human relationships that involve issues of inequality and difference.
  11. Students must explore ecological, policy, social, cultural, and/or historical dimensions of human relationship to the environment.

Curriculum Map (Courses mapped to Program Goals)