History Department Student Learning Outcomes

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Students who complete an AA degree in History will be able to:

  • Explain and analyze a key historical event or process in the area and during the period under study
  • Understand the diversity of the human experience as influenced by geographical location, race, ethnicity, cultural traditions, gender and class
  • Analyze historical processes that shape individuals and communities, drawing on detailed knowledge about the history of the area under study
  • Think critically about the varieties of experience found in the historical record of the United States, exploring diversity as a critical component of history
  • Distinguish between primary and secondary sources, and understand how each are used to make historical arguments
  • Assess, use, and synthesize different kinds of evidence from a variety of historical sources to make a coherent argument about the past
  • Effectively conduct research and write a coherent historical essay or research paper that articulates a clear argument, effectively uses interprets multiple forms of evidence, identifies arguments in secondary historical texts, and uses appropriate citations
  • Understand the difference between opinions and substantiated scholarly claims

Course Offerings and Learning Outcomes

HIST 4: World History to 1500

A survey of major themes and events in world history from the earliest civilizations to 1500. Emphasis will be placed on the rise of ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome; the early Indian, Chinese, Latin American, and African empires, and European expansionism and global encounters.

Breadth of Subject Area Knowledge Arts and Humanities. SLOs:

•    Critical Thinking: Explain and analyze a key historical event or process in world history prior to 1750
•    Sources: Interpret primary and secondary sources and utilize them to draw conclusions about the past 
•    Historical Processes: Analyze broad patterns of change within and among various societies and nations
•    Scholarly Argument: Describe how societies have interacted with one another prior to and during the period of European expansionism
•    Global Diversity: Explain how various geographical and environmental spaces have affected the development of forms of economic, political, social, and/ or religious or spiritual organization

HIST 5: World History from 1500

A survey of major themes and events in world history from 1500 to the present. Emphasis will be placed on the Atlantic slave trade and slavery in the Americas, late 18th and early 19th century political revolutions, the Indus- trial Revolution, imperialism and colonialism, and 20th Century nationalist movements and revolutions.

Breadth of Subject Area Knowledge Arts and Humanities. SLOs: 

•    Critical Thinking: Explain and analyze a key historical event or process in world history since 1750
•    Sources: Interpret primary and secondary sources and utilize them to draw conclusions about the past
•    Historical Processes: Analyze broad patterns of change within and among various societies and nations from the 18th century to the present
•    Scholarly Argument: Describe how societies have interacted with one another from the era of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade to the present
•    Global Diversity: Explain how various geographical and environmental spaces have affected the development of forms of economic, political, social, and/ or religious or spiritual organization from the 18th century to the present

HIST 11: Perspectives of Peace Studies

A comprehensive study of nonviolent philosophies and movements from the ancient world to the present, with particular emphasis on Mohandas Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the movements they led.

Breadth of Subject Area Knowledge Social and Behavioral Sciences. SLOs:

•    Global Diversity: Explain the strategies, tactics, successes, and failures of the Independence Movement in India and the Civil Rights Movement in the United States
•    Scholarly Argument: Explain the core concepts of nonviolence as developed by early thinkers such as The Buddha, Lao Tsu, and Jesus 
•    Research: Use a variety of sources to investigate and form an argument about a 20th or 21st century non-violent resistance movement

HIST 12: Revolutions and Revolts

Examination of the origins, phases, and results of selected revolutions throughout modern world history. Analyze from a comparative perspective interpretations of the causes; phases; results of the revolutions; and how issues of gender, race, and class shaped these revolutions.

Breadth of Subject Area Knowledge Social and Behavioral Sciences. SLOs: 

•    Historical Processes: Trace the historical origins, phases, and results of selected world revolutions
•    Scholarly Argument: Identify and give examples of different historians' interpretations of world revolutions
•    Global Diversity: Relate the outcome of world revolutions to contemporary issues regarding economic development, cultural diversity, race, gender, and class relations and politics

HIST 15: The Vietnam War

A study of the Vietnam War, including an examination of how the United States be- came involved, how this war was waged, and reactions to the policy in the United States and within the international community. An analysis of the legacies of the Vietnam conflict will be covered as America confronts world problems today.

Breadth of Subject Area Knowledge Social and Behavioral Sciences. SLOs: 

•    Historical Processes: Analyze why the French and the Americans became involved in Vietnam
•    Scholarly Argument: Critically analyze American foreign policy before and after involvement in Vietnam
•    Global Diversity: Assess the reasons the Vietnamese turned to Marxism-Leninism as a political ideology

HIST 16: History of the United States to 1876

History of the United States from its colonial origins through the period of the Reconstruction, in terms of cultural, economic, political, and social developments as influenced by geographical and cultural expansions and sectional conflicts.

Breadth of Subject Area Knowledge Social and Behavioral Sciences. SLOs: 

•    Critical Thinking: Explain and analyze a key historical event or process in U.S. history prior to 1876
•    Scholarly Argument: Analyze the impact European exploration and colonization had on Native American populations
•    U.S. Diversity: Understand the origins of slavery in North America and the nature of slavery in the Old South
•    Historical Processes: Examine the economic, social, and political causes of the American Revolution and the impact of the revolutionary war on American society

HIST 17: History of the United States Since 1876

Focuses on U.S. history from the Reconstruction period to the present, relating to such areas as Industrial Revolution, reform movements from the Progressives to the New Deal, overseas expansion, collective security in foreign affairs, and other foreign and domestic issues since World War II.

Breadth of Subject Area Knowledge Social and Behavioral Sciences. SLOs:

•    Critical Thinking: Explain and analyze a key historical event or process in U.S. history since 1876
•    U.S. Diversity: Evaluate the impact of urbanization, industrialization, and immigration on American society
•    Scholarly Argument: Identify, explain, compare, and contrast the various reform movements which occurred in the U.S. from the Progressive Era to the New Deal
•    Evidence: Assess the causes and the impact of the Cold War on American society
•    Research: Evaluate the successes and limitations of social movements in the U.S. since 1945

HIST 19: United States Since 1945

Survey of the United States and its world relationships following the close of World War II. Special emphasis will be given to the Cold War, American social ferment, political history, the development of the Civil Rights Movement, and American foreign policy through Persian Gulf War.

Breadth of Subject Area Knowledge Social and Behavioral Sciences. SLOs:

•    Critical Thinking: Explain and analyze a key historical event or process in U.S. history since 1945
•    Scholarly Argument: Explain the factors which apparently promoted conformity in the 1950s and provide examples of such conformity
•    U.S. Diversity: Describe the causes of the Civil Rights Movement and the beliefs and methods utilized by the movement to accomplish its goals
•    Evidence: Describe the factors that contributed to the social consciousness of the 1960s and the differences between the student activists and the counter culture
•    Sources: Analyze primary sources and the nuances of American historiography since 1945 

HIST 20: Ethnic Cultures of the United States

A general overview of the sociological, psychological, and historical background of selected ethnic groups in the United States. Topics include social, political, and economic factors, as well as intergroup relationships, prejudice, discrimination, affirmative action, immigration, assimilation, and social change. Also listed as SOC 20. Credit given in either area, not both.

Breadth of Subject Area Knowledge Social and Behavioral Sciences. SLOs:

•    Sociological, Psychological, and Historical Differences Between Ethnic Groups: Compare and contrast the sociological, psychological, and historical differences between the ethnic groups
•    Consequences of Group Membership: Explain the consequences that specific group membership has on life experiences and future outcomes
•    Application of Sociological Ideologies and Concepts: Apply sociological ideologies and concepts in discussions of the history of specific ethnic groups in the United States
•    Evaluate and Discuss Stereotypes and the Effects: Evaluate and discuss the stereotypes of ethnic groups in the United States as well as the effects stereotyping has on group members
•    Theories of Prejudice and Discrimination: Compare and contrast the different theories of prejudice and discrimination
•    Patterns of Immigration and Assimilation: Describe the patterns of immigration and assimilation
•    Diversity Awareness and Equality: Discuss diversity awareness and the steps towards equality

HIST 21: Women in United States History: A Multicultural Perspective

A survey of U.S. women’s history from the 18th century to the present. Focus will be placed on uncovering the similarities and differences in the historical experiences of women based on their class, racial, and ethnic identity. Concentration is on the changing roles of women in the family, community, labor force, and political system, and exploration of the evolution of gender roles and identities.

Breadth of Subject Area Knowledge Social and Behavioral Sciences. SLOs:

•    Critical Thinking: Explain and analyze a key historical event or process in U.S. women's history 
•    U.S. Diversity: Analyze the diversity of women's historical experience based on class and race/ ethnicity
•    Historical Processes: Explain the various forms of labor systems women participated in during the pre-industrial period and the impact of an industrial economy on women  
•    Scholarly Argument: Discuss the connections between the first, second, and third wave women's/ feminist movements

HIST 22: Basic United States History

Survey of American history and interpretation of institutions from the colonial period to the present.

Breadth of Subject Area Knowledge Social and Behavioral Sciences. SLOs:

•    Critical Thinking: Explain and analyze a key historical event or process in U.S. history
•    Scholarly Argument: Analyze the impact European exploration and colonization had on Native Americans (1400-1600’s)
•    U.S. Diversity: Explore the relationship between slavery, Westward Expansion, and causes of Civil War (1845-1860)
•    Historical Processes: Explore the causes of Great Depression and impact of New Deal on American society (1929-1941)

HIST 27: Latin America: Pre-European to Independent Nationhood

A survey of the heritage of Latin America from a cradle of civilization in the pre-European era to the beginning of nationhood. The emphasis will be on the political, economic, cultural, and social history of this period. The student will be introduced to pre-European America, the Iberian background, European conquest and dominance, the movements to end European dominance, and the creation of Latin America.

Breadth of Subject Area Knowledge Social and Behavioral Sciences. SLOs:

•    Critical Thinking: Explain and analyze a key historical event or process in Latin American history prior to 1800
•    Sources: Analyze various types of primary sources to establish their significance within broader historical processes
•    Historical Processes: Understand and analyze how authority has been exerted and resisted in Latin America

HIST 28: Latin America: 1800 to the Present

A survey of the political, economic, cultural, and social history of Latin America. Review the development of Latin American nations since independence from European conquest and occupation. Examines the relationship of Latin American nations with the rest of the world, with special emphasis on relations with nations of the Western Hemisphere.

Breadth of Subject Area Knowledge Social and Behavioral Sciences. SLOs:

•    Critical Thinking: Explain and analyze a key historical event or process in Latin America since 1800
•    Global Diversity: Describe the political, economic, social and cultural diversity of Latin America
•    Historical Processes: Explain the interrelationship of people, events, and the influence exerted by geography on the formation of Latin American nations

HIST 30: History of Mexico

Provides a general survey of Mexican history from pre-Columbian to present. Includes the political, social, economic, and cultural growth of the Mexican nation.

Breadth of Subject Area Knowledge Social and Behavioral Sciences. SLOs:

•    Sources: Use various types of primary sources to establish the significance of broad
historical processes in Mexico 
•    Historical Processes: Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between change ad continuity as part of the historical development of Mexico
•    Research: Utilize primary and secondary sources to develop and support an argument
about an event or process in Mexican history 
•    Scholarly Argument: Explain the interrelationship of people, events, and the environment, and the influence exerted by geography on the development of Mexican society
•    Critical Thinking: Explain and analyze a key historical event or process in the history of Mexico 

HIST 32: California History

Historical heritage and development of California, with emphasis on economic, political and social factors which have influenced development from the pre-Spanish period to the present.

Breadth of Subject Area Knowledge Social and Behavioral Sciences. SLOs:

•    Critical Thinking: Explain and analyze a key historical event or process in the history of California
•    Sources: Utilize primary and secondary sources to make and support an argument about
an event or process in California history
•    Historical Processes: Analyze the historical evolution of cultural diversity/hybridity and race relations in California
•    U.S. Diversity: Discuss the significance of race, class, and gender in the history of
California

HIST 33: Chicano/a-Latino/a American History

Analyzes the principal developments in Chicano/ Latino American history from the 16th century to the present. Focus is on the manner in which Mexican and Latino cultural patterns have been retained or redefined by life in the United States, the impact of the Texas Revolution and the U.S.- Mexican War, the role of urbanization and immigration, regional variation within the Chicano/ Latino communities, and Chicano/ Latino contributions to the development of American society.

Breadth of Subject Area Knowledge Social and Behavioral Sciences. SLOs:

•    Historical Processes: Analyze immigrant experiences and U.S. immigration policies from the period of the Mexican Revolution through the Great Depression
•    US Diversity: Identify the impact and importance of the contributions of Chicanas/os in the formation and development of the American experience
•    Sources: Utilize primary and/ or secondary sources to make an argument about a
particular aspect of Chicana/o history
•    Critical Thinking: Explain and analyze a key historical event or process in Chicana/o history

HIST 62: European History to 1650

Survey of the historical developments of Europe from the Ancient Mediterranean to 1650. Includes an overview of the economic, political, social, cultural, and scientific developments from the emergence of the Greek Empire to the Thirty Years War.

Breadth of Subject Area Knowledge Social and Behavioral Sciences. SLOs:

•    Historical Processes: Analyze the development of the Mediterranean ancient empires and their impact on European society
•    Critical Thinking: Explain and analyze a key historical event or process in the history of Europe prior to 1650
•    Global Diversity: Evaluate the impact of European exploration and colonization on world history
•    Research: Analyze primary documents and comprehend the basic contours of European
historiography

HIST 63: European History Since 1650

Survey of the historical developments of Europe from the Age of Absolutism to the present. Includes an overview of political, social, cultural, and scientific developments from the era of 17th Century nation building to the present.

Breadth of Subject Area Knowledge Social and Behavioral Sciences. SLOs:

•    Scholarly Argument: Summarize the differences and similarities between 19th Century and 20th Century nationalism
•    Historical Processes: Compare and contrast the impact of the French Revolution and Industrial Revolution on European society and the world
•    Global Diversity: Describe the impact that European imperialism had on Europe and the world
•    Critical Thinking: Explain and analyze a key historical event or process in the history of Europe since 1650

HIST 70: History of Asia to 1800

Survey of major social, religious, political, economic, and cultural traditions of Asia to 1800. Emphasis is placed upon the historical development of India, China, Japan, and Southeast Asia.

Breadth of Subject Area Knowledge Social and Behavioral Sciences. SLOs:

•    Critical Thinking: Explain and analyze a key historical event or process in the history of Asia prior to 1800 
•    Global Diversity: Compare and contrast the development of Asian societies prior to 1800 
•    Historical Processes: Analyze the impact of the West on Asia prior to 1800
•    Research: Analyze primary documents and understand the nuances of Asian historiography
•    Scholarly Argument Discuss changing views of gender, foreignness, and minority ethnicities throughout pre-modern Asian history

HIST 71: History of Asia Since 1800

A continuation of History of Asia to 1800, with an emphasis on issues of modernization, adaptation, and cultural change since 1800.

Breadth of Subject Area Knowledge Social and Behavioral Sciences. SLOs:

•    Global Diversity: Analyze the differences and similarities of East Asian nation-states as they relate to politics, religion, and society
•    Historical Processes: Analyze the emergence of the Peoples Republic of China and its impact on Asia and the world
•    Research: Analyze primary documents and use them to make an argument about Asian history
•    Critical Thinking: Explain and analyze a key historical event or process in the history of Asia since 1800

HIST 72: History of China

A survey of the history of China from Ancient Era to the present. Social, political, geographic, economic and cultural aspects of development will be covered.

Breadth of Subject Area Knowledge Social and Behavioral Sciences. SLOs:

•    Historical Processes: Analyze the political and economic development of China from Ancient Era to the present
•    Scholarly Argument: Discuss the role Western concepts had on the changes in China since 1400’s
•    Global Diversity: Recognize the major political, social, cultural, and economic developments in China since 1976
•    Critical Thinking: Explain and analyze a key historical event or process in the history of China

HIST 74: History of the Middle East to 1800

A survey of the cultural, economic, and political history of the Middle East from Ancient Era to 1800 C.E. with an emphasis on the rise, spread, and development of Islam. Explores how Islam developed out of earlier Middle Eastern societies and built upon those continuities, and examines the expansion and development of Islam and its interaction with pre-Islamic Middle Eastern societies and the West until 1800 C.E.

Breadth of Subject Area Knowledge Social and Behavioral Sciences. SLOs:

•    Critical Thinking: Explain and analyze a key historical event or process in the history of the Middle East to 1800 
•    Historical Processes: Examine dissident movements within Islam, such as Shi’ism and Sufism, and analyze their impact on history
•    Global Diversity: Demonstrate an understanding of Islamic values and cultural attitudes, and explain how Islam relates to the larger grouping of Western monotheistic and ethical belief systems, such as Judaism and Christianity
•    Scholarly Argument: Analyze the impact of Islamic civilization on Western civilization in the areas of medicine, literature, and science

HIST 75: Introduction to the Contemporary Middle East

A survey of the major political, economic, religious and social institutions and movements of the Middle East from 1800 to the present, with special emphasis on the problems of developing Middle Eastern nations, the Arab-Israeli conflicts, and the political and economic implications of Middle Eastern oil. Includes a brief introduction to Islamic religious institutions, terrorism and militarism, with special emphasis on the importance of these institutions to the contemporary scene.

Breadth of Subject Area Knowledge Social and Behavioral Sciences. SLOs:

•    Critical Thinking: Explain and analyze a key historical event or process in the history of the Middle East since 1800
•    Historical Processes: Describe the origins and historical development of the Arab-Israeli conflicts
•    Sources: Utilize primary and secondary sources to support an argument about the
history of the Middle East
•    Scholarly Argument: Compare and contrast facets of various nationalist movements of the Middle East that occurred from 1800 to the present

HIST 80: Introduction to Contemporary Africa

A survey of African history from ancient Egypt to the present. Focus will be on the nature of early African empires and societies, the impact of the slave trade, responses to imperial conquest and colonial rule, the rise of nationalist movements and the regaining of political independence, and the contemporary challenges facing postcolonial African states and peoples. Also listed as PS 80. Credit given in either area, not both.

Breadth of Subject Area Knowledge Social and Behavioral Sciences. SLOs:

•    Global Diversity: Distinguish political, socioeconomic, and cultural differences between various early African states and societies  
•    Historical Processes: Describe the effects of European colonialism on Africa
•    Scholarly Argument: Discuss various theories of imperialism
•    Critical Thinking: Explain and analyze a key historical event or process in the history of Africa

HIST 81: African American History

Focuses on African American history. Emphasis will be placed on the African peoples’ experiences in the United States. Included will be discussion of African-American leaders from 1619 to the present, special epochs, and trends. Covers factors that influenced the changes of attitudes of and towards African Americans.

Breadth of Subject Area Knowledge Social and Behavioral Sciences. SLOs:

•    Critical Thinking: Explain and analyze a key historical event or process in African American history
•    Scholarly Argument: Analyze the development of the concept of race and construction of racial categories during the colonial period
•    Historical Processes: Analyze the rise of Jim Crow and the Klu Klux Klan, and the factors that
catalyzed the Great Migration north
•    U.S. Diversity: Explain African American experiences of inclusion and/or racism during the post-Civil Rights era

 

HIST 135

Breadth of Subject Area Knowledge Social and Behavioral Sciences
SLO: Student who complete History 135 will be able to critically analyze, using historical evidence, the evolution of American letters, art, and culture.

HIST 260

Breadth of Subject Area Knowledge Social and Behavioral Sciences
SLO: Explore Russian cultural traditions, art and religion in an historical context which shape current events.

HIST 270

Breadth of Subject Area Knowledge Social and Behavioral Sciences
SLO: Explore Asian cultural traditions in art and religion in an historical context and reflect on modern Asia

HIST 275

Breadth of Subject Area Knowledge Social and Behavioral Sciences
SLO: Discuss historical basis of current events in the Middle East.

 

Updated 2-10-11