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Historical Studies (FSHT)

Historical studies examine events and actors of the recent or distant past within the context of the ideas, institutions, social norms, cultural practices, and physical environments out of which they arose. Courses with a historical perspective enable us to understand the values and institutions of disparate societies and cultures as they have developed over time.

By emphasizing the critical analysis of sources and the interrelationships among ideas, institutions, social structures, and events within one or more interpretive frameworks, these courses foster students' awareness of the methods and perspectives for understanding past societies and cultures in historical context. Courses that focus narrowly on the history of a discipline, that only use chronology as an organizational structure, or that do not stress the context in which ideas and events occurred fall outside the category of historical studies.

Historical Studies Learning Objectives

  1. Students will demonstrate historical thinking through the contextual analysis of primary sources that addresses the nature and limits of historical evidence and engages in larger historical questions about past events, ideas, institutions, social structures, cultural practices and physical environment.
  2. Students will become aware of the various interpretations advanced and methods used in a given area of historical study.
  3. Students will learn to formulate, advance, and properly document historical arguments, drawing on appropriate primary and secondary sources and other research aids.