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- Students will gain an understanding of the processes of historical change and a depth of knowledge in at least one historical period, geographical area or topical field.
- Students will be able to critique the use and interpretation of evidence in historical works.
- Students will be able to develop their own historical research questions and research hypotheses and carry out an historical research project.
Upon completion of the Ph.D. graduates should be able to:
- Develop their own historical questions and hypotheses and carry out an historical research project.
- Write academic articles and reviews at the scholarly level in informed, intelligible prose.
- Publish their research in peer-reviewed journals and present papers at conferences.
- Possess research competency in two languages (three in the case of medievalists).
- Teach effectively courses in History, both at the introductory and advanced level, in the community college, 4-year college, or university setting.
- Uphold the professional and ethical standards of the discipline.
Upon completion of the M.A. graduates should be able to:
- Have broad knowledge of theory and research across two concentrations or subfields.
- Demonstrate deeper knowledge of one major historical concentration or subfield.
- Communicate research findings effectively in written and spoken presentations.
- Possess research competency in one language.
- Uphold professional and ethical standards in the discipline.