History Program Goals
As outcomes of their education, within the overall History major, students learn and are
- Understand how historians gather, interpret and analyze a wide range of primary and
secondary source data/material (including literary, geographical, political and socioeconomic
material) and how historians construct a coherent narrative from this
- Demonstrate the skills of historical analysis and interpretation, such as compare and
contrast, differentiate between historical facts and interpretation, consider multiple
perspectives, analyze cause and effect relationships, compare competing historical
narratives, recognize the tentative nature of historical interpretation and analyze the
influence of the past.
- Think chronologically and comprehensively, identifying temporal structures of
historical narratives and comprehending the meanings of historical texts, monographs and
documents, including their audiences, goals, perspectives and biases.
- Develop research capabilities that enable them to formulate historical questions and
themes, obtain and question historical data, identify the gaps in available records, place
sources in context, and construct reliable historical interpretations.
- Demonstrate their knowledge of the history, culture and values of diverse peoples and
traditions throughout the world and compare patterns of continuity and change.
- Understand the historical context for the interaction and interdependence of politics,
society, science and technology in a variety of cultural settings.
- Formulate and explain their own interpretations of the past by examining and
communicating them with clarity and precision in a variety of oral and written
- Demonstrate research skills utilizing the full-range of available materials including
those found in libraries, archives, museums and electronic resources.
- Demonstrate the skills necessary to be an independent and lifelong learner.