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Published Date

January 1, 2014

Resource Type

For Departments, Program of Study

AHA Topics

Academic Departmental Affairs, Teaching & Learning, The History Major, Undergraduate Education

This resource was developed as part of the AHA’s Tuning project.

By Kate Lang

Institution: Univ. of Wisconsin–Eau Claire
Location: Eau Claire, WI
Year: 2014


History students at UW-Eau Claire learn about the history of our world while they develop important skills that are transferable to a variety of contexts.

Our program assessment assumes that graduates of UW-Eau Claire who complete the history major will be able to:

  • Analyze diverse experiences of or viewpoints on past events or historical developments.
  • Recognize both continuity and change over time and describe their consequences.
  • Complete a substantial historical research project, identifying and interpreting primary and secondary sources and communicating results effectively in writing and orally.
  • Construct arguments that explain how history can inform the present.
  • Evaluate credibility, position, or perspective of various forms of historical evidence.
  • Compare and connect local, national, and global histories.

Note: History minors will meet the first two outcomes for the History major. History teaching minors (and BFSS students with a 24 credit history concentration) will meet the first two outcomes for the History major and:

  • Identify appropriate primary and secondary sources for a research project.

In addition to the outcomes for the Liberal Arts major, public history graduates will be able to:

  • Create complex interpretations of the past collaboratively with public audiences.

In addition to the other outcomes for their major, students completing history honors will:

  • Explore historical content and methodologies in greater depth
  • Complete a substantial research project incorporating more sophisticated analyses of historical evidence

In addition to the outcomes for the Liberal Arts major, history education graduates will be able to:

  • Engage K–12 students in historical analysis.

In addition to the outcomes for their 36 and 24 credit concentrations in Social Studies disciplines, broadfield social studies graduates will be able to:

  • Integrate knowledge, skills and methods of inquiry from more than one social studies discipline.
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