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.