|Student Research & Information Use Competencies|
Armstrong Atlantic State University, Department of History. History Standards September 2001. A Quality in Undergraduate Education (QUE) project.
UPPER DIVISION STANDARDS
The undergraduate program in History at Armstrong Atlantic State University is designed to achieve a number of learning outcomes. Upon graduation, the successful degree candidate will have demonstrated mastery of the learning outcomes outlined below.
CORE CURRICULUM STANDARDS
All undergraduate students at AASU take introductory history courses as part of the core curriculum ... These are the only courses that most students will take and serve to introduce majors to the discipline. ... Instructors introduce students to primary and secondary sources and a variety of media including texts and audio/visual materials. The courses present vocabulary and arguments that introduce students to the interconnections between culture, society, economics, and politics.
Standard One: Command of Historical Content
Standard Two: Historical Analysis
Students will demonstrate historical mindedness through appreciation of the political, social, economic, and cultural dimensions of human experience, comprehension of causal relationships and patterns of change and continuity over time, and awareness of the social significance of ethnicity, gender, race, and class in historical events and study.
Students will demonstrate familiarity with the uses and problems of interpretation associated with primary and secondary sources by writing essays and engaging in group discussions of issues pertaining to historical narratives and sources.
The Foundations course is a prerequisite or corequisite for upper division history courses required of the major. Instructors select topics, themes, or historical eras within their own expertise and introduce students to the knowledge and skills appropriate to the professional study of history, including research techniques through the use of libraries, the internet, and archives, the use of primary and secondary materials relevant to historical analysis and knowledge, and the application of historical theory. Students are evaluated on the quality of their research, validity of their arguments, and persuasiveness of their written and oral presentations.
Standard One: Demonstrate ability to access historical data and information through libraries, archives, the internet, or oral interviews.
General Standards for Intermediate Courses
A substantial part of the program for history majors consists of intermediate-level courses. These courses combine lecture and discussion in presenting in-depth analysis of specific topics and historical themes. Because the nature of research material and intellectual approaches to these courses will vary, instructors are allowed wide latitude regarding their pedagogical approaches and selection of source materials.
Standard One: Demonstrate mastery of subject matter in each course, including specified topics, themes, and other historical data.
Research Seminar in Historical Methods is a capstone course required of the major that builds upon the skills and knowledge that students acquire in the Foundations course and at the intermediate level. Instructors or students select topics, themes, or historical eras within their own expertise. Students write a major research paper in which they demonstrate mastery of the knowledge and skills appropriate to the professional study of history, including research techniques through the use of libraries, the internet, and archives, analysis of primary and secondary materials in support of a well-developed thesis, and application of relevant historical theory. Students are evaluated on the quality of their research, validity of their arguments, and persuasiveness of their written and oral presentations.
Standard One: Develop an original project with a clear thesis.
Standard One: Demonstrate familiarity with the ways that individual historians and schools of historians during different periods of history have viewed the writing of history.
Standard One: Conduct a detailed analysis of a specific problem, theme, or topic in history.
Standard One: Identify current issues in Secondary Social Science education and American public education.