Oct 05, 2022  
2019-2020 Academic Catalog 
2019-2020 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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Terrence J. Lindell, Chair; Lucy C. BarnhouseDaniel J. Walther

Intended Student Learning Outcomes

History Major

Students will:

  1. demonstrate perceptive reading, summarizing, critical thinking, and intelligent articulation skills in research projects.
  2. demonstrate the ability to conduct research using primary materials.
  3. analyze a variety of historical approaches in secondary sources.
  4. create a code of ethics based upon professional standards used by historians.
  5. utilize knowledge of the past in order to respond to phenomena in the present.
  6. demonstrate knowledgeable oral communication and information literacy skills.
  7. recognize different cultural worldviews, values, and norms through the use of primary sources.

The one-month May Term allows study through off-campus trips such as HI 212 Castles and Cathedrals  or HI 320 Investigating Germany’s Past Abroad . Internships provide experience in the growing field of public history.  A concentration in public history is an option for students pursuing the history major .

An honors in history designation is noted on the academic transcript for students who successfully complete HI 462 Honors Research Seminar  with a grade of B or higher and maintain both a major and cumulative GPA of 3.5.

High-Impact Learning Experiences

All history major must have at least one high-impact educational experience to complete the requirements of the major. Below is a list of experiences that could satisfy the requirement. Some are in the context of coursework in required or elective credits. Others are experiences outside the classroom.

The department underscores the importance of reflection in participating in one of these activities. Students consult with their academic advisor and their co-curricular advisor to choose an appropriate experience.

  • Off-campus study: May Term travel course, study abroad term, Wartburg West, Washington Center, or Des Moines Urban Studies Program
  • Internship or student teaching
  • Presentation of a paper at a recognized scholarly conference
  • Research experience beyond the research requirement for a standard course
  • College service trips
  • Service-learning projects
  • Leadership in a campus organization


History Teaching

For additional information on teaching majors and endorsements, see Education  Department listings.

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