Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • Students recognize, demonstrate, and apply in depth knowledge of the world’s civilizations and peoples as well as their political, economic, social, and cultural histories.
  • Students relate the events in their particular historic story to the general history of the topic; and students relate their interpretations to existing historiography. 
  • Students demonstrate the ability to independently develop original scholarly inquiry, systematically researching the topic using appropriate primary and/or secondary sources.
  • Students use primary and secondary sources to independently construct an original historical interpretation: demonstrating competency in identifying a problem, posing a hypothesis, proposing a methodology, offering an interpretation of the evidence, and making an original contribution to scholarly debates.
  • Students are able to compose and present clear, well-organized, properly documented, and grammatical prose in a form appropriate for scholarly publication.
  • Students are able to appraise alternative readings of the past and connect them to their research in new holistic interpretations that offer new avenues for research or application to other studies.
  • Public History Emphasis Only: Students apply the ethical standards that govern the practice of public history in their scholarly and professional work.
  • Public History Emphasis Only: Students demonstrate the ability to execute a public history project.
  • Public History Emphasis Only: Students demonstrate the ability to interpret history for public audiences.
  • Public History Emphasis Only: Students demonstrate the ability to collaborate on a public history project.

The courses offered for this program are the same as for the already existing BA and MA programs. All that will differ is the recommended order of enrolling in the courses as well as the allowance of 9 MA student credit hours to count toward the BA (substituting for History 301WI, History 498WI, and one 300/400-level elective). Please note that the BA/MA with Public History emphasis requires much of the same coursework as the BA/MA with the exception of dedicating MA elective courses to public history coursework and 200 hours of fieldwork. Attached below are sample programs of study for the BA/MA and the BA/MA with Public History emphasis programs.