History majors must meet all of the following outcomes.
Knowledge: Identify and characterize the major periods in United States and World history in terms of continuity and change using relevant political, economic, social, religious, and cultural institutions, traditions, and beliefs. *All history courses provide instruction and practice relevant to this outcome.
Theory: Demonstrate an understanding of the effects of race, gender, class, ethnicity, or religion on the experiences of ordinary and extraordinary people of the past using current historical theory and methodology. *All history courses provide instruction and practice relevant to this outcome.
Praxis: Using the "knowledge" and "theory" of the outcomes above, examine and analyze primary documents, pose a historical question (i.e., offer an interpretation or thesis) that the weight of evidence seems to answer, then provide context for one's historical question and evidence using the available secondary literature synthesized in a well-written work of historical scholarship. *Formal instruction and practice occurs in HI 499 Senior Thesis, but preliminary instruction and practice are components of every upper-level history course.
History Outcomes: Assessment of the Major
The outcomes of the history major are formally assessed in two ways: 1) using the departmental comprehensive examination in history, which includes one section focusing on United States history and another pertaining to World history, and 2) the senior thesis produced in HI 499 Senior Thesis. Each comprehensive examination (i.e. United States or World history) generally consists of two major sections: one section of multiple-choice items to test each student's knowledge of historical "facts" and one section consisting of a series of essays, which challenge each history major to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the outcomes 1) Knowledge and 2) Theory. The senior thesis is the primary means to assess each history major's ability to produce a well-written work of historical scholarship as described in outcomes 3) Praxis. The criterion for each outcome is: 100% of history majors will demonstrate knowledge and application of the outcome with at least 75% accuracy.