Joseph C. Bradley
Andrew Grant Wood
Jan Doolittle Wilson
For more information about degree offerings by the faculty of history, visit the Department of History webpage.
The history major exposes students to a range of historical issues and problems, and develops the fundamental skills necessary to the practice of the historian’s craft. It allows a level of specialization that promotes an appreciation of the complexity of human affairs and the difficulties involved in their interpretation. The history major challenges the intellect, inspires the imagination, and stimulates analytical thinking. Historical knowledge provides a valuable background for students considering careers in law, journalism, library and museum work, education, business, and local, state, national, and international public service. Students of history contribute anywhere that a knowledge of domestic and foreign affairs is required, and, of course, to the profession of historical research and teaching.
- Historical Comprehension
a. Analyze the literal and contextual significance of a historical passage.
b. Identify the central questions in historical narratives.
c. Articulate historical perspectives.
- Historical Analysis and Interpretation
a. Compare and contrast opposed and/or multiple sets of ideas, interpretations, values, personalities, behaviors and/or institutions.
b. Assess competing historical narratives.
c. Hypothesize the impacts and significance of past events.
- Historical Research Capabilities
a. Articulate historical questions.
b. Acquire and evaluate historical data.
c. Compose a sound historical interpretation and argument.
- Historical Issues Analysis and Decision-making
a. Recognize issues and problems in the past.
b. Assemble evidence of antecedent circumstances and contemporary factors contributing to the issues and promulgate alternative courses of action.
c. Evaluate the implementation of a decision.