Program Objectives- Undergraduate History Major
Listed below are the Program Objectives for the Undergraduate History Major at Montclair State University. They are divided into three categories: Critical Understandings about the nature of history and historical knowledge; Intellectual Skills necessary for and fostered by historical study; and Intellectual Dispositions characteristic of students seriously engaged in the study of history.
A. Critical Understandings:
- Human Agency and Historical Contingency: History is the product of human agency and as a result is never inevitable or foreordained.
- Causation and Complexity: Human agency is always the product of multiple causes and history as a result is inherently complex.
- Change and Continuity: Historical time is characterized by constant change and lasting continuity.
- Interpretive: Knowledge of human history is always interpretive.
- Factual Basis: A basis in fact is a necessary condition of all historical knowledge.
- Perspective: Individual perspective is a critical condition of historical knowledge.
B. Intellectual Skills:
- Posing Historical Questions
- Formulating Historical Hypotheses
- Using Various Research Media
- Using Primary and Secondary Sources
- Evaluating Evidence
- Citing Evidence
- Distinguishing Fact and Opinion
- Distinguishing Cause and Effect
- Constructing Chronology and Sequencing Events
- Communicating Conclusions in Various Written and Oral Formats
C. Intellectual Dispositions:
- Healthy Sense of Skepticism
- Purposeful Curiosity
- Intellectual Persistence
- Deliberativeness and Persistence
- Enthusiasm and Sense of Joy in Learning