Learning Outcomes | Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA

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History (BA) Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the International Studies major will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of specific facts, concepts, and generalizations regarding past human activity in social, political, intellectual, economic, cultural, geographic and technological spheres.
  • Demonstrate recognition of the influence of global forces and identify their connections to local and national developments.
  • Demonstrate the ability to explain the connections between past development and contemporary issues.
  • Demonstrate ability to extract and interpret information from both primary and secondary sources and identify and critique major arguments and evidence.
  • Demonstrate ability to differentiate between fact and interpretation and comprehend their interrelationships.
  • Demonstrate ability to identify strengths and weaknesses of arguments in the context of previously learned material.
  • Demonstrate ability to formulate hypotheses and research questions based on data.
  • Demonstrate ability to locate and evaluate the perspective, quality and accuracy of information resources.
  • Demonstrate recognition of the difference between primary and secondary sources.
  • Demonstrate ability to clearly communicate knowledge via oral and written means.
  • Demonstrate ability to construct simple essay arguments that use historical evidence.