The instructional goals of the faculty in the History Department at San Jose Stare University are:
- To teach students the tools of historical research
- To teach students the basics of scholarly writing in history
- To provide students an introduction to the problems and issues in history
- To help students better understand contemporary issues by drawing upon the experience of the past.
Undergraduate Student Learning Objectives (BA)
By the time students complete their degree program in history at the undergraduate level, all history majors
- Students analyze critically the thesis and argument/interpretation of the following types of historical literature in western and non-western fields in pre-modern and modern history: Narrative history, Historiography/Intellectual history, Social/Cultural history, Political/Diplomatic history.
- Using modern bibliographic data storage sites and systems and traditional (print) sources, students systematically collect and appraise the historical significance and use of evidence of various kinds of primary sources in western and non-western fields in pre-modern and modern history: Government documents, Histories/Historical Accounts, Literature and Poetry, Images, Autobiographies, Diaries, Letters, Newspapers, Maps, Quantitative Data, Oral Interviews.
- Using historical literature and primary sources of the types listed above, students write history essays in western and non-western fields in pre-modern and modern history according to the standards of technique, citation, essay composition (writing process), argument/interpretation, and use of evidence which are consistent with college-level writing in the discipline.
- Students identify and analyze the fundamental problems of historical interpretation and recognize some of the “schools” of historical analysis in western and non-western fields across historical time.
Graduate Student Learning Objectives (MA)
By the time students complete their Master of Arts degree program in history, students should be able to:
- See themselves and their society from different times and places, displaying a sense of informed perspective and a mature view of human nature.
- Read and think critically, write and speak clearly and persuasively, and conduct research effectively.
- Exhibit sensitivities to human values in their own and other cultural traditions.
- Appreciate their natural and cultural environments.
- Respect scientific and technological developments and recognize their impact on humankind.
Graduate Student Learning Objectives (MA, Concentration in History Education)
By the time students complete their Master of Arts degree in history, with a concentration in history educations, students shoudl be able to demonstrate the learning in the Master of ARts program above and additionally be able to:
- Participate knowledgeably in the affairs of the world around them, drawing upon understandings shaped through reading, writing, and lectures concerning the past.
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