The major in history serves to instill in its practitioners a number of qualities. The ability to analyze and understand is paramount to an understanding of history. The ability to express oneself well, be it in speech or in prose, is crucial. Technically, the history major helps students form the ability to make inferential deductions in written form, and the capacity to identify, assess and use historically-appropriate supporting evidence. The ability to adopt a critical sense of the available material that records the events of the past is important, as is the ability to read accurately and well; history majors will be trained to identify historically fallacious or suspect arguments. History majors will be expected to demonstrate a mastery of the basic facts of Western and American Civilization.
Students will demonstrate knowledge of the primary events in the history of Western Civilization, for example, the events, concepts and persons of ancient Greece and Rome.
Students will demonstrate knowledge of the primary events of American Civilization.
Students will demonstrate familiarity with the nature and history of historical inquiry.
Students upon completion of the history major will demonstrate the ability to make inferential deductions in written form; identify historical fallacies; demonstrate the capacity to utilize within the context of historical study books, journal articles, and primary sources.