At the end of their study at WSU, history majors will possess the following skills and knowledge.
I. (Range of historical information)
- Identify the key events which express/define change over time in a particular place or region.
- Identify how change occurs over time.
- Explain historical continuity and change.
- Describe the influence of political ideologies, economic structures, social organization, cultural perceptions and natural environments on historical events.
- Discuss the ways in which factors such as race, gender, class, ethnicity, region and religion influence historical narratives.
II. (Recognize the historical perspective)
- Explain how people have existed, acted and thought in the past.
- Explain what influence the past has on the present.
- Interpret the complexity and diversity of situations, events and past mentalities.
- Compare eras and regions in order to define enduring issues.
- Develop an international perspective on the past that addresses the cumulative effects of global exchange, engagement and interdependence.
III. (Emphasize the complex and problematic nature of the historical record)
- Recognize a range of viewpoints.
- Compare competing historical narratives.
- Challenge arguments of historical inevitability.
- Analyze cause-and-effect relationships and multiple causation.
IV. (Develop skills in critical thinking and reading)
- Evaluate debates among historians.
- Differentiate between historical facts and historical interpretations.
- Assess the credibility of primary and secondary sources.
V. (Develop research skills)
- Formulate historical questions.
- Obtain historical data from a variety of sources.
- Identify gaps in available records.
- Recognize the discipline’s standards for accurate and ethical research.
VI. (Develop the ability to construct reasonable historical arguments)
- Construct a well-organized historical argument.
- Support an interpretation with historical evidence from a variety of primary and secondary sources.