Mission Statements and Learning Objectives

Department Mission Statement

The History and Political Science faculty is guided by the philosophy that how students learn is as important as what they learn. The study of history and political science helps to develop “higher order” thinking and transferable skills, producing citizens who become participants and leaders in their communities and the world. The intellectual abilities that will be nurtured by our department for use in the professional world include: learning to analyze and think critically about the past and the present; the ability to read and grasp essential ideas in print, visual and electronic media; feeling at home in the world of ideas; speaking and writing clearly and forcefully; doing productive research; examining a problem from many different angles often from opposing points of view; combining factual analysis with deductive and inductive reasoning; constructing logical arguments and spotting flawed reasoning; employing comparative analysis relating the past to the present; and fostering an appreciation for diversity both locally and globally and an understanding of the history and culture of other peoples.

Student Learning Objectives

Students receiving a degree in any of the majors within the History and Political Science Department, will be able to:  

  1.  Identify major social, political, economic, geographic, technological, and cultural developments and concepts in history and political science and be able to place them within the appropriate cultural and temporal context.
  2. Make connections between historical events and current social, political, economic, geographic, technological and cultural issues and be able to analyze how historical and political events are the result of multiple and integrated causes.
  3. Recognize the diversity of humankind and the multiplicity of cultures that are found locally, nationally and globally.
  4. Develop awareness as a global citizen and be able to analyze the complexity of current world issues and events in a global context.
  5. Identify the changing interpretations of historical events in the works of historians and political scientists.
  6. Recognize the value of diversity, and the diversity of values, in public discourse and interpretation of historic and political events.
  7. Exhibit political efficacy and civic responsibility in an informed manner.
  8. Employ the scientific approach (i.e., critically analyze the argumentation, data, evidence cited, interpretations, and conclusions of historical and political scholarship) in studying history, political behavior and public policy.
  9. Generate, develop, present and defend a thesis in both oral and written form through argumentation supported by detailed valid and reliable evidence from a multiplicity of written, visual and oral sources.
  10. Pursue employment in related professions, advanced graduate studies and/or professional training.

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