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History and Political Science

History and Polisci Learning Outcomes and Curriculum Map

Saint Xavier University is dedicated to providing top-quality education that is intentionally designed to develop your skills and expertise as you prepare for the next step in your education or career. The learning outcomes reflect the specific competencies that you will gain from our program, while the curriculum map portrays how these competencies will shape and prepare you for the real world.

Learning Outcomes

History Learning Outcomes

History

  • Sources of Historical Inquiry: Students will distinguish between primary and secondary sources, critically evaluate source material and locate relevant print and digital reference material in researching historical topics.
  • Concepts in the Study of History: Students will explain and incorporate key concepts in the study of history such as chronology, periodization, historical causality and distinction between fact and interpretation.
  • Presentation of Historical Arguments: Students will develop, research and present reasoned historical arguments in written and oral form, employing both primary and secondary source material and adhering to accepted disciplinary rules of citation and use of evidence.
  • Depth and Breadth of Historical Knowledge: Students will identify and explain the significance of central developments in the United States and world history. They will analyze and examine key issues and trends in the history of selected subfields within the historic discipline.
  • Legacy of History in the Contemporary World: Students will explain how key development has shaped elements of the contemporary order. They will analyze and critically compare interpretations about the impact of past events on contemporary life.
  • Ethical Implication of Historical Study: Students will call upon their historical knowledge to explore ethical and moral issues in the past and current order.

International Studies Learning Outcomes

International Studies

  • Students will deploy two or more historical, cultural and/or social scientific approaches to understand how international relations affect domestic relations.
  • Students will identify and review basic issues of the society, politics and culture of one geographic region of the world.
  • Students will utilize critical thinking skills in the consumption of international studies literature.
  • Students will formulate and defend a thesis in a written and oral format.
  • Students will define a research question and design and execute a research program using appropriate methodologies.

Political Science Learning Outcomes

Political Science

  • Students will identify the institutions and processes of the government of the United States.
  • Students will discuss the structure of the discipline of political science, including basic issues treated in each of the following subfields:
    • Modern political thought
    • International relations
    • Comparative politics
    • Public policy/public administration
  • Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills in the consumption of political science literature.
  • Students will formulate and defend a thesis in a written and oral format.
  • Students will define a research question and design and execute a research program using appropriate methodologies.

Curriculum Maps

History, International Studies, and Political Science Curriculum Maps

If you would like to learn more about what you can expect from the program, please review the following: