Mission and goals of the department
The Department of History at UMD is devoted to understanding the past in global perspective. The aim of the department is to assist students in becoming
1. equipped to effectively do research on their own using various historical sources and
2. effective citizens of the global community able to think critically and analytically, using the past as a model.
The department offers a major and minor by integrating categories of historical thought, diverse in both their geographic as well as chronological breadth.
The history major and minor provide a foundation for the liberal arts curriculum. They also contribute to a broad range of programs within education, business, social sciences, humanities and the fine arts. Our mission is to instruct students in the historical discipline in order to prepare them for citizenship in the future and to facilitate not only their university education but to make them life-long learners of the social and historical process and equip them with the tools they need to succeed after graduation. To that end, students awarded a Bachelor of Arts in the Department of History will have attained competencies in the following areas as a result of successful completion of our program.
They will therefore possess:
1. a knowledge base in all five areas of specialization within the historical discipline which include:
b. East Asia
c. Europe and Russia
d. Middle East
e. U. S.
2. a knowledge base which covers chronological divisions within the five elective geographical categories, including:
3. a skill set to facilitate oral and written expression and independent research which includes the ability to:
a. utilize evidence and sources
b. construct a bibliography
c. develop a thesis
d. organize oral and written presentations
e. employ correct grammar in all communications
4. analytic skills of the historical discipline which include the ability to:
a. employ proper historical methodology
b. formulate a research question in the discipline
c. develop a narrative from oral and written primary and secondary sources
d. understand different historiographical perspectives and use them as a tool of analysis
The Department will compile and discuss data (see Direct and Indirect Measures of Assessment) each semester for the purposes of:
1. modifications to the program,
2. position and funding requests, and
3. faculty and programmatic development by utilizing the following direct and indirect measures:
1. Course mapping to Department Learning Outcomes every other year
2. Departmental assessment of Colloquium on an annual basis
3. Department discussion of Internship (Hist. 3097) evaluation forms
4. Test, papers, and presentations in individual courses
1. Survey of Seniors (exit survey)
2. Alumni surveys (frequency to be determined) with emphasis on how to make improvements to the major in the light of work place and professional experience of graduates within for example, the past five years.