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B.A. Degree in History, Effective Fall 2008
- Declarative knowledge (facts, definitions, and vocabulary).
- The student should command–
- An understanding of the central concepts and language of history; and
- General competence in the historical areas the student has chosen to study.
- Intellectual skills (knowledge of concepts, rules, and procedures needed for problem-solving in a domain). These skills include:
- Ability to formulate and solve research problems; and
- Effective written and verbal communication skills –
- Focused Writing: All elements of the writing or presentation should
work together toward a coherent objective or the goal of the
- Supporting Evidence: Evidence plays a crucial role in the writing of
a history paper. Historical writing is generally argumentative and
persuasive based on recorded evidence.
Organization: The writing material should be well organized with
the thesis objective clearly stated and the evidence analytically
arranged to support the argument.
- Attitudes: The student should –
- Promote cross-cultural awareness and understanding.
- Subscribe to the ethical codes of the historical discipline based on the
American Historical Association’s Statement on Standards of Professional
Conduct, 1998 edition.