Programs in the Department of History and Government

130 - History - BA

AY 2012-2013 Student Learning Outcomes

1. Students will recall, appraise, and apply the explanatory value of factual knowledge related to:

  •     U.S. History
  •     European History
  •     World History

2. Students will analyze historical texts for meaning.

3. Students will construct and defend a sustained and coherent argument based on both primary and secondary sources.

4. Students will identify, organize, and assess conflicting interpretations and views of past events and issues with the historical profession.

5. Students will frame and articulate a research question and thesis and organize the results of research to support that thesis.

135 - Social Studies Education - BA

AY 2012-2013 Student Learning Outcomes

1. Candidates in social studies should possess the knowledge, capabilities, and dispositions to organize and provide instruction at the appropriate school level for the study of culture and cultural diversity.

2. Candidates in social studies should possess the knowledge, capabilities, and dispositions to organize and provide instruction at the appropriate school level for the study of time, continuity, and change.

3. Candidates in social studies should possess the knowledge, capabilities, and dispositions to organize and provide instruction at the appropriate school level for the study of people, places, and environment.

4. Candidates in social studies should possess the knowledge, capabilities, and dispositions to organize and provide instruction at the appropriate school level for the study of individual development and identity.

5. Candidates in social studies should possess the knowledge, capabilities, and dispositions to organize and provide instruction at the appropriate school level for the study of individuals, groups, and institutions.

6. Candidates in social studies should possess the knowledge, capabilities, and dispositions to organize and provide instruction at the appropriate school level for the study of power, authority and governance.

7. Candidates in social studies should possess the knowledge, capabilities, and disposition to organize and provide instruction at the appropriate school level for the study of production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services.

8.  Candidates in social studies should possess the knowledge, capabilities, and dispositions to organize and provide instruction at the appropriate school level for the study of science, technology and society.

9.  Candidates in social studies should possess the knowledge, capabilities, and dispositions to organize and provide instruction at the appropriate school level for the study of global connections and interdependence.

10. Candidates in social studies should possess the knowledge, capabilities, and dispositions to organize and provide instruction at the appropriate school level for the study of civic ideals and practices.

11. Institutions preparing social studies teachers should provide and require prospective social studies teachers to complete a course or courses dealing specifically with the nature of the social studies and with ideas, strategies, and techniques for teaching social studies at the appropriate licensure level. 

12. Students will demonstrate acceptable levels of factual knowledge and understanding in accordance with the 10 thematic strands as established by the National Council for Social Studies (NCSS), the Major Field Test in History, and in accordance with the two following Oklahoma Subject Area Tests (OSATs) in social studies:

  • U.S. History/Oklahoma History/U.S. Government/Economics -and/or- 
  • World History/Geography

13. Students will plan, teach, and assess effectively to achieve optimal student learning.

14. Students will craft and maintain an argument using primary and secondary sources and will analyze and evaluate primary historical texts for meaning. As per the guidance of the IAC this Outcome is no longer viable, and has been replaced by the National Council for the Social Studies Ten Thematic Strands.  It will no longer appear beyond this cycle.

162 - Political Science - BA

AY 2012-2013 Student Learning Outcomes

1. Students will evaluate political science across the discipline's subfields.

2. Students will examine U.S. government and politics.

3. Students will examine global politics.

4. Students will apply the scientific method within the context of the social sciences.

5. Students will demonstrate analytical and critical thinking skills.

6. Students will write effectively.