History

Program learning outcomes: What Will I Learn?

Students who complete the major in History will be able to:

  1. Synthesize the broad outlines of European and non-Western history.
  2. Explain the foundation and evolution of the United States as a nation.
  3. Apply and assess methods of historical inquiry and historiography through research using primary and secondary sources.
  4. Critical Thinking: Students will be able to engage in advanced critical thinking skills, including: demonstrating the ability to remember information, understand key concepts, apply these concepts appropriately, analyze phenomena, evaluate and justify positions, create coherent arguments in the student's chosen field of study. (SLA degree outcome)
  5. Communication: Students will demonstrate: advanced written communication skills, advanced oral communication skills, and will be able to express complex ideas with clarity and precision. (SLA degree outcome)
  6. Diversity: Students will be able to articulate the significance of diversity as a fundamental principle of understanding life. (SLA degree outcome)
  7. Ethics: Students will be able to apply concepts of: ethical conduct in decision making, ethical conduct in action, social responsibility in decision making, and social responsibility in action. (SLA degree outcome)

Evidence of Student Learning - Internal: How will the program measure what I have learned?

Achievement of all the Program Outcomes is assessed within the LA498HIS capstone course. The student learning outcomes 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 are assessed within the capstone course by a direct assessment approach. Instructors use rubrics that focus on the outcomes to score the students performance. This evaluation is unique from the grading for the course. History Program outcomes 1 & 2 are assessed within the capstone course through a series of quizzes.

Individual student metrics for the SLA degree outcomes and History outcome #3:

  • Students will be identified as "Exceeds Expectations" when at least 50% of the criteria for that outcome are rated at the exceeds expectations level and none at the does not meet level.
  • Students will be identified as "Meets Expectations" when no criterion is scored as does not meet expectations and all criterion are scored at meets or better range.
  • Students will be identified as "Does Not Meet Expectations" if any single criterion is rated as does not meet.

Results: (N=29) History Program outcome 3: "Apply and assess methods of historical inquiry and historiography through research using primary and secondary sources." 29 students participated in the 2010-2011 History Capstone course LA498HIS. Of these students 100% were evaluated as "meets or exceeds expectations". This indicates that for this outcome, the program exceeds expectations.

Results: (N=29) History Program and SLA degree outcome 4: "Students will be able to engage in advanced critical thinking skills, including: demonstrating the ability to remember information, understand key concepts, apply these concepts appropriately, analyze phenomena, evaluate and justify positions, create coherent arguments in the student's chosen field of study." There was a total of 29 students who completed the History capstone course sections during 2010-2011, the program exceeds expectations for the SLA critical thinking outcome. 44.8% of the students who completed the course were evaluated on this outcome as meeting expectations and 51.7% were identified as exceeding expectations and 3.4% were evaluated "does not meet expectations".

Results: (N=29) History Program and SLA degree outcome 5: "Students will demonstrate: advanced written communication skills advanced oral communication skills, and will be able to express complex ideas with clarity and precision." A total of 29 students completed the History capstone course during 2010-2011, the program exceeds expectations for the SLA critical communication. 13.8% of the students who completed the course were evaluated on this outcome as meeting expectations and 82.8% were identified as exceeding expectations and 3.5% were evaluated as "does not meet expectations".

Results: (N=29) History Program and SLA degree outcome 6: "Students will be able to articulate the significance of diversity as a fundamental principle of understanding life." A total of 29 students completed the History capstone course during 2010-2011, the program exceeds expectations for the SLA diversity outcome. 44.8% of the students who completed the course were evaluated on this outcome as meeting expectations and 48.3% were identified as exceeding expectations and 6.9% were evaluated as "does not meet expectations".

Results: (N=29) History Program and SLA degree outcome 7: "Students will be able to apply concepts of: ethical conduct in decision making, ethical conduct in action, social responsibility in decision making and social responsibility in action." 29 students participated in the 2010-201 History Capstone course LA498HIS. Of these students 27.6% were evaluated as "exceeds expectations", 55.2% were evaluated as "meets expectations" and 17.2% were evaluated as "does not meet expectations". This indicates that for this outcome, the program meets expectations.

Measure for History outcome # 1: The average score on the 3 quizzes "World History/Western Civilization, European History and Non-Western/World History" will be calculated for each student who completes the capstone course.

Measure for History outcome # 2: The scores of students who complete the quiz "American History" and successfully complete the capstone course.

Metrics for History outcome #1 & #2:

The program will be considered to have achieved the "Exceeds Expectations" level if 90% or more of the students completing the capstone course score at or above 80% "B" on the appropriate quizzes.

The program will be considered to have achieved the "Meets Expectations" level if 90% of the students completing the capstone course score at or above the grade of 70% "C" on the appropriate quizzes.

The program will be evaluated as "Does Not Meet Expectations" if fewer than 90% of the students completing the capstone course score at or above the grade of 70% "C" on the appropriate quizzes.

Results: History Program outcome 1: (N=29) "Synthesize the broad outlines of European and non-Western history." 29 students participated in the 2010-2011 History Capstone course LA498HIS. Of these students 62.5% of the students scored at the "meets or exceeds expectations" level. This indicates that for this outcome, the program does not meet expectations.

Results: History Program outcome 2:(N=29) "Explain the foundation and evolution of the United States as a nation." 29 students participated in the 2010-2011 History Capstone course LA498HIS. Of these students 62.5% scored as "meets or exceeds exptectaitons" for this outcome, thus the program does not meet expectations.

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