The History MA Policy & Guidelines Manual covers all aspects of the History M.A. program for students and faculty. (This publication is undergoing revision and additional sections will be posted here soon. In the meantime, please contact Dr. Amanda Miracle for updated information.)
Student Learning Outcomes: Thesis, Non-thesis, Public History Concentrations
Graduate students working toward an MA in History will undertake intensive study of a particular era in history through readings seminars, research seminars, internships, and other coursework as appropriate, culminating in an original research project, examinations, or a pedagogy and content-based project. They are expected to develop skills in the following areas:
- Content—in-depth knowledge of the historical narrative broadly and in an area of specialization in a variety of reading and research seminars.
- Critical thinking—analysis of primary sources; synthesis of information from primary and secondary sources; construction of arguments based on available evidence; critical assessment of secondary sources in terms of argument, evidence, and approach to the research question.
- Communication skills and methodology—construction of arguments through clear analytical writing and oral communication, use of evidence and strong research techniques; knowledge of existing work in the field.
- Understanding of the field—awareness of historiography (general philosophy of history and specific interpretations relevant to research project); appreciation of the relationship between history and related fields in the social sciences and humanities; knowledge of career paths open to historians.
- Research—ability to plan and execute a research project on an original topic.
Student Learning Outcomes: Social Sciences Education Concentration
- Standard 1: To improve teaching through thorough mastery of content in American history and a related specialty field such as world history, geography, political science, economics, or anthropology.
- Standard 2: To develop a familiarity with content of one or two additional social sciences disciplines (the specialty field) and the integration of these disciplines with American history.
- Standard 3: To help impact student learning through the Candidate’s mastery of social sciences teaching methods and skills. These methods and skills include the use of current research-based techniques and strategies as well as the ability to align current state curriculum standards to daily lesson plans/unit plans.
- Standard 4: To promote the integration of technology and current technological advances and methodologies into the social studies classroom.
- Standard 5: To develop Candidates’ skills as the Professional: Critical Thinker, Creative Planner, and Effective Practitioner as outlined in Teachers College Mission Statement.