Course and Program Objectives and Outcomes
HHS 126, US History since 1865
Spring 2015

College of Arts & Letters Objectives:

1. Students will demonstrate an awareness of ethical responsibility and the societal impact of their future profession.
2. Students will demonstrate a fuller understanding of the traditional humanities and social sciences through an understanding of their relation to the study of sciences and technology.
3. Students will demonstrate an awareness of cultures and societies other than their own.
4. Students will demonstrate writing and public speaking skills.
5. Students will demonstrate a love of learning in the liberal arts for its own sake.
6. Students will demonstrate leadership and team skills.

History Program Outcomes:

1. Philosophical foundation.  The student will understand the underlying theories and methods used in the study of history, and be able to apply them in individual and team directed research.  
2. Historical foundation.  The student will understand the evolution of the discipline of history in concrete cause and effect relationships, and be able to discern schools of interpretations such as narrative, empiricism, Annales school, Marxism, cliometrics (quantification), postmodernism, gender based studies, psychohistory, and others.
3. Research.  The student will be able to design and conduct research in history using appropriate theories and methods in thesis research and data collection.  
4. Tools.  The student will be proficient in computing technologies necessary for the specific discipline.  
5. Professionalism.  The student will achieve a high degree of knowledge and accountability in an area of history such as the history of science and technology, American history, world history, etc.   
6. Leadership.  The student will be able to develop plans for research projects on a professional level that may lead to a career in education, law, journalism, politics, etc.
7. Teamwork.  The student will be able to contribute to research activity as part of a working team, and facilitate cooperation among the members of the team resulting in a successful project.
8. Communication.  The student will enhance written and oral communication skills using a variety of means to convey significant ideas and proposals.  
9. Ethics.  The student will understand and abide by professional standards of ethics appropriate to the discipline on a professional level.
10. Social issues.  The student will place into contemporary social context information derived from research into past human experiences.
11. Lifetime learning.  The student will be treated as a professional with a lifelong investment in one's field of study and a goal of continuing self-assessment and improvement.

HHS 126 course outcomes:

1. This course will deepen your understanding of the core themes and tensions in American history since 1865. (10)
2. This course will demonstrate how you can interpret American history from a variety of vantage points and perspectives. (1)
3. This course will enrich your understanding of the advantages and problems of digital history. (4)
4. This course will provide opportunities for you to enhance your written and oral communication skills. (8)