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College of Arts and Sciences

Mission Statement

The History Department teaches students history with special responsibility for the education of history majors and minors, secondary education social studies majors, and Associates of Arts; engages in scholarly research and publication; and serves the University, the profession, and the community.


Students who complete the B.A. degree in history should:

  1. Possess broad knowledge and some specialized understanding of the diverse historical pasts of America, Europe, and the World;
  2. Understand the basic scientific and humanistic methodology of history as an intellectual discipline including the direct experience of evaluating primary sources and secondary literature;
  3. Demonstrate the ability to read, analyze, and write about historic topics;
  4. Recognize historical analyses of human experience as the basic outlook of modern culture; and
  5. Be equipped to continue historical studies throughout life.

Students who complete an introductory course in history at the 100- or 200-level should learn:

  1. The basic narrative of events and their historical context within the temporal and geographical framework of the course; and
  2. The relations of the past to the culture and society of today.

Students who complete the Associate of Arts degree in history should:

  1. Have a basic introductory knowledge of the history of the United States, Europe, and other world areas;
  2. Have a basic understanding of history as a method of intellectual investigation;
  3. Appreciate the relationship of the past to the culture and society of today; and
  4. Have a foundation for making a decision to continue toward the B. A. in history.


  1. Internal exit:  A. A. graduates will be sent an exit questionnaire adapted from that sent to B. A. recipients, asking about the effectiveness of the program and if they plan to continue for the B. A. in history or a related field.
  2. External exit:  The percentage of A. A. degree recipients who successfully complete the B. A. degree will be measured four and eight years following completion of the A. A. degree.
  3. Review of the A. A. program will take place every fifth year during the spring semester, concurrently with and by the same committee as assessment of the B. A. degree.