Academics: Majors and Programs

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Spelman College Graduates with President Beverly Daniel Tatum

History Goals and Objectives

Goals

The study of history is an important component of a meaningful and comprehensive liberal arts education. As such our major provides a unique opportunity for students to understand how the past informs our understanding of the present. The History major encompasses a series of courses that examine human dynamics, over time, from a disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspective. In addition to focusing on content, the history major develops and enhances discipline specific skills that will serve in any future endeavors.

Objectives

As a result of majoring in History, the student will be able to:

  1. Define, explore, and explain major historical problems
  2. Develop research skills required to investigate those problems fully 
  3. Employ critical methods to analyze those problems
  4. Prepare formal papers and presentations that reflect research, critical analysis, and layered literacies that follow disciplinary conventions
  5. Engage in collaborative scholarship
  6. Develop and defend independent theses

 

With these skills in hand, the student will be in a position to compete for admission into a variety of fields, including graduate study and law school. The history major will also be prepared for careers in the public and private sectors of the work place. These include education, the museum profession, library science and community or foreign service.