History Department Learning Outcomes

Content outcomes:

1) A core concentration. Students achieve this by completing a minimum of five courses in one
core concentration. Typically students also take advanced courses in this same concentration.
Students are also required to complete the two-term senior project in their core concentration.
2) Experience beyond the core concentration. Students will be broadly educated in the different
histories available for study in the department. Students achieve this by completing distribution
requirements in two concentrations outside their core.

3) Experience of different levels of scholarly difficulty and complexity. As well as breadth and
depth in the subject field, students will study history at different levels of scholarly difficulty from
the 100- to 300-level. Students achieve this by completing a junior seminar and at least two classes
at the 300-level.

Content outcomes:

1) Conceptual Thinking: the student demonstrates the ability to define a valid topic of inquiry
2) Evidence and Data: the student demonstrates the ability to identify, assemble, and select
evidence appropriate to a defined topic of inquiry
3) Critical Analysis: the student demonstrates the ability to analyze evidence and assess and
reassess findings based on that analysis
4) Argumentation: the student demonstrates the ability to structure a valid response to a defined
topic of inquiry based on the critical analysis of evidence
5) Presentation: the student demonstrates the ability to present an argument in a manner that is
logical, clear, and precise