Programs in the Department of History and Government

130 - History - BA

AY 2013-2014 Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will recall, appraise, and apply the explanatory value of factual knowledge related to: U.S. History, European History, and 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 2013-2014 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.

162 - Political Science - BA

AY 2013-2014 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.