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Department Goals
Department Statement of Purpose and Learning Outcomes
The Department of History at the College of Mount Saint Vincent provides students with an opportunity to learn how past events have shaped the world in which we live, and how different cultural, political, religious, and social groups have formed and interacted, from ancient Mesopotamia to the present. In so doing, the Department contributes to the College’s mission of teaching an understanding of our common humanity, while providing students with a unique set of analytical and critical thinking skills that can be applied to a wide range of professional career paths.

Graduates gain a strong general background in history by taking courses in European, American, and Global history. Equally important, the Department offers students the opportunity to complete concentrations in specialized fields of study, such as Latin American history, Pre-Modern history, Women’s history, Middle Eastern history, or Irish history. Through the Senior Research Seminar, all majors produce a supervised research project under the guidance of a member of the Department, allowing students to gain depth of knowledge and research skills focused on an issue of particular interest to them.

Department Learning Outcomes
Department Learning Outcomes Students completing an undergraduate degree in History at the College of Mount Saint Vincent will be able to:

1) Analyze primary sources in their historical context

2) Analyze secondary sources

3) Analyze maps, graphs, tables, and charts

4) Apply critical thinking skills to competing schools of historical interpretation

5) Utilize critical thinking skills to craft a historical argument

6) Conduct supervised research by employing a range of information literacy skills

7) Communicate effectively in standard written English as demonstrated by completing writing assignments supported by relevant facts and proper citation of a range of scholarly sources

8) Communicate effectively in oral form as demonstrated by oral presentation of an historical argument

9) Apply ethical inquiry to a range of social, cultural, political or other issues, in their historical context