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UNCG Student Learning Outcomes

History (PhD)

Mission

The purpose of the Ph.D. program in History degree is to foster advanced research, analytical, and communication skills (both written and oral), as well as detailed knowledge of two specific historical fields. The Ph.D. degree also demands comprehension of and competence in a variety of historical methodologies. These skills will prepare graduates to become college and university teachers, as well to enter careers in business, libraries, archives, the law, and government. The department believes that the following broad goals undergird its doctoral program:

1. Knowledge: students will acquire a broad mastery of the historical fields relevant to the PhD.
2. Research: students will be able to successfully complete an advanced project based on historical research.
3. Communication: students should be able to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
4. Teaching: students will be familiar with the theory and practice of teaching history at the college or university level.

Learning Outcomes

Research
Students will complete a major, multi-year research project based on original research in primary sources.

Teaching
Students will know both with pedagogical principles and with actual practices concerning teaching history at the university level.

Communication
Students will successfully communicate their mastery of several historical fields orally and in writing.

Knowledge
Students will know history at an expert level before and after 1865, and a minor field.

Citations
Students will employ the professional structure of citations required for historians as outlined in the Chicago Manual of Style.

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