History is an inquiry into the human condition. Students of history learn to explore and interpret the human experience by reading and evaluating documents, artifacts, and the oral tradition of a remembered past. Students learn to ask questions, to challenge assumptions, and employ a variety of sources to give an accurate account or articulate their insight into historical experiences. Development of historical literacy skills will help students in careers in business, education, law, journalism, and in their lives as citizens.

  1. Students will describe the field of history.
  2. Students in History will learn historical facts, and be able to evaluate historical interpretations.
  3. Students will learn how historians frame questions on human experience.
  4. Students will learn critical thinking and writing skills essential to thinking historically.
  5. Students will identify and discuss the ethical dimensions of historical practice.
  6. Students will explore how public historians preserve and present the past to the public, in museums, archives, and historical sites.
  7. By choosing a concentration track, a student will gain a deeper understanding of the history of a particular area, people, region, or of an historical method.
  8. Students will analyze the meaning and implications of the past for the present.