The mission of the Department of History is to facilitate student learning in the liberal arts tradition through the discipline of history by providing students with a sound and specific foundation of historical knowledge of the United States and of the history of complex societies worldwide. Upon this foundation, the department provides history students with the tools to investigate the complexity of human behavior, human institutions, and human history in a global context. These goals are met through traditional and innovative pedagogy, including student research, writing, and both artifactual and textual analysis. The department provides qualitative, individualized academic advisement, mentoring, internship opportunities, and travel-study opportunities. Moreover, the department promotes interdisciplinary programs of study to advance the department’s global perspective.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students who complete the requirements for a degree in history will be able to:
- Demonstrate a general knowledge of historical development across time and place;
- Demonstrate understanding of the methods and presentation of historical research and writing; and;
- Demonstrate an understanding of historiography.
Students majoring in history must earn a grade of ‘C’ or better in all history courses.