Public History Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Public History, graduates will be able to

  1. Comprehend historical periods, persons, events, ideas, and themes with a special focus on United States history, as well as the concepts of historical causation, conflict, and change over time underlying all historical study.
  2. Master fundamental historical research using both library and Internet resources: locating, reading, interpreting, evaluating, verifying, and documenting primary and secondary sources.
  3. Master critical thinking about history: drawing conclusions from readings, applying knowledge to new situations, analyzing and synthesizing secondary and primary sources, evaluating opposing arguments, and understanding how historical interpretations fit into the larger context of historical inquiry.
  4. Evaluate the historical significance of race and ethnicity, class, gender and sex, and religion, especially in the development of the United States.
  5. Communicate historical knowledge and interpretations to a variety of general public audiences.
  6. Analyze and synthesize practical and ethical issues related to communicating history to a variety of general public audiences.
  7. Understand career paths related to public history and effectively search for relevant employment opportunities.