Program Information

History as an area of study is a component of Augustana's Ethics & Global Studies program, as well as the Law, Crime, & Justice Studies program. For specific information on requirements for a Major in one of these programs, or a Minor in History, please review Augustana's sections of the current Academic Calendar.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Our students are competent researchers who are able to:
    • Work independently with a variety of sources and assemble a comprehensive body of evidence on specific topics
    • Distinguish between primary and secondary evidence
    • Formulate a research question and thesis, and develop an appropriate method for answering that question
    • Synthesize and analyze the existing literature on a topic
    • Construct a convincing, logical and evidence-based argument

  1. Our students are effective communicators who are able to:
    • Communicate their results effectively through a variety of media, including written reports and essays; digital media; and through oral presentations
    • Work effectively with their peers
    • Articulate and defend their position in class discussions

  1. Our students are critical thinkers who are able to:
    • Understand history as a "science" of interpretation
    • Evaluate and compare a variety of sources and evidence
    • Identify different historical approaches and methodologies, and articulate their strengths and weaknesses
    • Understand change within a broad historical context
    • Recognize and accept ambiguity in opposing viewpoints

  1. Our students are engaged citizens, who are able to:
    • Understand the social, economic and political context within which they live and work, and the relevance of history in understanding that context
    • Participate in the life of the university campus