Student Learning Outcomes
After completing the history program, History majors will have competencies in the following seven areas. Students will be able to:
- Chronology: Summarize major developments in American History, Western Civilization, and major non-Western cultures.
- Historical Development: Outline the processes of historical development that direct Western and non-Western cultures.
- Christian Worldview: Critically examine and evaluate historical developments from a Christian world and life view.
- Historical Consciousness: Interpret the “pastness” of history, historical sources, and narratives about history, and carefully use information about the past to illumine the present.
- Source Analysis: Analyze, interpret, and evaluate historical texts (primary sources) and narratives written about those texts (secondary sources).
- Research Skills: Develop a plan, search for appropriate materials, and obtain sources necessary to construct a research project.
- Persuasive Communication: Compose persuasive essays, reviews, papers, and oral presentations supported by appropriate evidence.
Throughout the year assessment data is gathered through senior and alumni surveys, a senior portfolio, course embedded assessments, State of Illinois Certification Exam, and content area surveys to determine how well the program is meeting its student learning outcomes. For additional information please contact department chairperson Dr. John Fry at