Edward N. Snyder, Chair
David E. Ballew, Social Studies Education Coordinator
Danny B. Moore
Gregory S. Taylor
The Department of History provides effective instruction and challenging educational experiences in order to engage students in a critcal enquiry about the past. To this end, the program equips students with the knowledge and skills that promote quality instruction, a variety of courses, and challenging educational experiences to diverse student learners. The program equips students with the knowledge and skills that promote academic success and establish a foundation for lifelong study. As a key part of the liberal arts curriculum, historical studies shape citizens who can think broadly and critically about themselves and the world.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to identify, explain, and assess the impact of major historical events.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to read, comprehend, and interpret the primary and secondary sources, and to evaluate diverse historiographical viewpoints.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to perform historical research, draw conclusions, and communicate their discoveries in writing.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate historical knowledge in well-developed essays, in-class dialogue, and formal presentations.
- Students will demonstrate the academic skills required for success in graduate school or in a career.
The History Honors Project
Each year the department invites meritorious junior history majors to participate in a two-year honors project. During their junior year, students choose a faculty member with whom they want to work on a research project. The project may involve a major paper based on primary source materials or an extensive review and evaluation of the secondary literature in a particular subject area. Students present the project to the history faculty during their senior year. Following an oral examination, the history faculty determines whether to grant honors.
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