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Historical Student Learning Outcomes

(3 credits)




2. Demonstrate the ability to locate sources when information is needed, and to evaluate the authenticity, validity, and reliability of resources applied to a specific purpose.

Develop a self-directed, skeptical stance and outlook on the world that relies on evidence.


Critically evaluate diverse evidence for credibility, position, and perspective.


Analytically read and contextualize materials from the past with appropriate precision and detail.

5. Communicate in writing with an awareness of audience, by using language conventions appropriate to the occasion and task.

Write effective narrative that describes and analyzes the past for its use in the present.


Identify and summarize honestly the arguments and claims of others.


Write with ethical integrity and follow rules of evidence and citation.


Defend a position publicly and revise this position when new evidence requires it.

14. Demonstrate historical knowledge of the United States, the world, or one of the major regions of the world.

Build an expertise with range and depth.

Choose among multiple tools, methods, and perspectives to investigate and interpret diverse human experience

Recognize the value of conflicting narratives and evidence.

15. Demonstrate, using historical sources, how context and contingency influence change over time.


Recognize the ongoing provisional nature of knowledge.

Negotiate ambiguity when evidence leads you there.

Interpret past experiences in context; contextualize the past on its own terms.

Explore multiple viewpoints that provide perspective on past experience.

16. Develop an effective historical interpretation and marshal primary and/or secondary source evidence to support it.

Cultivate curiosity and practice self-directed learning.

Generate significant, open-ended questions and devise research strategies to answer them.

Hunt for a variety of sources that provide evidence to support an argument about the past.

Develop a methodological practice of gathering, sifting, analyzing, ordering, synthesizing, and interpreting evidence.

Learn from failures to become an effective problem solver and researcher