Courses that meet the Historical Studies designation will:
- Introduce students to historical methodology, the process by which one locates, evaluates, and utilizes primary documents and other evidence to reconstruct and understand the past
- Provide an understanding of historiography, or the study of the way history has been written. Students should understand that historical perspective changes with generations and that historical understandings and perspectives continue to evolve. Students should learn to reconcile multiple and competing perspectives.
- Offer historical perspective to contextualize contemporary issues, and thus help students appreciate the continuum between past and present in order to understand the complexity and richness of the human experience
- Offer a critical assessment of the manner in which humans have politically, socially, and culturally occupied space across time