What You Will Learn
Student Learning Objectives

Bachelors Degree Curriculum:
History, Political Science, Social Studies Education, Public History, Pre-Law

Masters Degree Curriculum

 

Department of History and Political Science

History (Bachelor’s Degree)

 

  • The student will experience an immersion in historical reasoning and knowledge of the past that includes an understanding of the development of human society and culture, as well as the interrelationships between causation and change.

  • Students completing the history BA program should demonstrate the ability to gather, analyze, evaluate, and integrate relevant information.

  • Students completing the history BA program should demonstrate the ability to draw informed and reasoned (or logical) conclusions about the subject matter.

  • Students completing the history BA program should demonstrate the ability to state a thesis or hypothesis, defend and test it.

 

  • Students completing the history BA program should demonstrate the ability to gather, organize, and synthesize appropriate information to draw reasonable conclusions.

  • Students completing the history BA program should demonstrate the ability to acknowledge and cite sources for information in an acceptable format.

  • Students completing the history BA program will test, apply and develop the skills and techniques of the discipline either in or outside the classroom.

  • Students in the history BA program will develop a habit of life-long learning as an informed, active and engaged citizen.

 

 

   

Political Science (Bachelor’s Degree)

 
  • Students completing a degree in Political Science will understand core concepts in Government and Politics, International Relations, and Political Theory.

  • Students completing a degree in Political Science will understand core concepts in U.S. Government and Politics.

  • Students completing a degree in Political Science will understand core concepts in Comparative Government.

  • Students completing a degree in Political Science will understand core concepts in International Relations.

  • Students completing a degree in Political Science will understand core concepts in Political Theory.

  • Students completing a degree in Political Science should demonstrate the ability to gather, analyze, evaluate, and integrate relevant information.

  • Students completing a degree in Political Science should demonstrate the ability to draw informed and reasoned (or logical) conclusions about the subject matter.

 

 
  • Students completing a degree in Political Science should demonstrate the ability to state a thesis or hypothesis, test and defend it.

  • Students completing a degree in Political Science should demonstrate the ability to acknowledge and cite sources for information in an acceptable format.

  • Students completing a degree in Political Science should demonstrate the ability to gather, organize, and synthesize appropriate information to draw reasonable conclusions.

  • Students completing the political science program will test, apply and develop the skills and techniques of the discipline either in or outside the classroom.

  • Students in the political science program will develop a habit of life-long learning as an informed, active and engaged citizen.

 

Public History (Bachelor’s Degree)

 

  • The student will experience an immersion in historical reasoning and knowledge of the past that includes an understanding of the development of human society and culture, as well as the interrelationships between causation and change.

  • Students completing a degree in Public History will have an understanding of core concepts in museum studies.

  • Students completing a degree in Public History will have an understanding of core concepts in historic preservation.

  • Students completing a degree in Public History will have an understanding of core concepts in archival management.

 

 
  • Students completing the public history program will demonstrate skills and knowledge in an applied field of public history (i.e., museum studies, historic preservation, or archival management).

  • Students completing a degree in Public History will demonstrate the ability to present history in a public forum through such methods as museum exhibits, preservation of history, and management of archives.

  • Students in the public history program will develop a habit of life-long learning as an informed, active and engaged citizen.

 

History (Master’s Degree)

 

  • A graduate of the M.A. in History program at Arkansas Tech University should be able to weigh competing historical interpretations carefully and to understand the methodological assumptions, biases, and pressures that shape those interpretations.

  • A graduate of the M.A. in History program at Arkansas Tech University should be able to demonstrate appropriate knowledge in the field of either United States history or modern European history as a primary focus, and demonstrate appropriate knowledge in the field of United States, modern European, world, or public history as a secondary focus.  

  • A graduate of the M.A. in History program at Arkansas Tech University should be able to conduct research in appropriate primary-source collections.

  • A graduate of the M.A. in History program at Arkansas Tech University should be able to demonstrate proficiency in research methods, including reasoning, problem-solving, and the synthesis of ideas, as well as the ability to identify, analyze, and evaluate primary and secondary sources.

 

  • A graduate of the M.A. in History program at Arkansas Tech University should be able to produce scholarly written works that demonstrate evidence of critical stance and the ability to place work in the context of relevant scholarship.

  • A graduate of the M.A. in History program at Arkansas Tech University should be able to demonstrate skills relevant to the teaching of a college-level survey course, including the ability to present lectures, or lead a class discussion, or deliver learning modules for an online course.

  • A graduate of the M.A. in History program at Arkansas Tech University should be able to present effectively a scholarly research paper to an audience.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of historiography and the schools of historical theory.

  • Demonstrate knowledge in the field of either United States history or modern European history as a primary focus, and demonstrate knowledge in the field of either: United States, modern European, world, or public history as a secondary focus.

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