Learning Outcomes: History, BALAS

Learning outcomes for the degree of Bachelor or Arts in Liberal Arts & Sciences Major in History


  1. Historical interpretation:
    1. Students will be able to connect past and present, demonstrating an understanding of ways that the past has shaped the world we live in today
    2. Students will be able to grasp the complexity of historical causation
    3. Students will have a broad and empathetic understanding of the commonalities and differences of the human experience, as influenced by factors such as culture, race, ethnicity, gender, and class in a matrix of time and place
    4. Students will be able to critically assess different sources of information and points of view
  2. Historical research:
    1. Students will be able to formulate historical questions
    2. Students will be able to locate, organize, analyze, and synthesize data to answer these questions
    3. Students will be able to craft original historical arguments
    4. Students will be able to position these arguments contextually
  3. Historical communication:
    1. Students will be able to express their ideas clearly, logically, and in evidence-based ways 
    2. Students will be able to convey their ideas to different audiences 
    3. Students will be able to evaluate, review, and edit historical writing and other forms of historical communication