In addition to the institutional and general education level learning objectives, the Bachelor of Arts in History also seeks the following specific learning outcomes of its graduates. With reference to each of the respective areas of history, graduates in this degree program will be able to:
Historical Research and Analysis
* Conduct historical research using the historical method.
* Formulate historical analysis in appropriate professional form.
* Identify a broad knowledge of the historical literature that pertains to the topics of study included in the degree program.
* Describe and locate the linkage between historical studies and allied disciplines.
* Compare and contrast the historical experiences that go beyond a single time period and national or cultural experience.
* Interpret historical forces that have shaped social change and contemporary human problems.
* Analyze history from diverse perspectives of ancient and contemporary historical cultures, nations, and regions.
* Analyze history from in-depth study of one or more periods, cultures, nations, regions, or seminal events.
* Analyze historical material and make judgments, to establish causal relationships between facts, to find order and patterns, -- not just simply report.
* Demonstrate an understanding of history as a creative art, a subjective discipline and an imaginative interpretation of the past.
This degree ensures that students will learn about the "big picture" through exposure to four historical perspectives, while allowing them to tailor the major to individual needs during the junior and senior years. Students in this program are exposed to the social impact, consequences, and changes of various pivotal historical events. They learn critical and analytical thinking, and effective writing and research methods. Students graduating from this program apply their skills and abilities as curators and archivists or in professions involving research, writing, editing, advocacy, politics, and historical preservation.