History studies the human past in all its modes and variations. As an academic discipline, it integrates many research approaches and skills in order to discover, critically analyze, imagine, and recreate the actions, contexts and meanings of earlier human lives and activities from cultural, economic, political, and social perspectives. History faculty at UM-Dearborn research a wide variety of topics, periods and areas of the world, and seek to introduce students to many modes of historical thinking and research.
History Discipline Learning Goals
Demonstrate an understanding of causation, historical context, and change over time in societies and institutions. Demonstrate an understanding of the significance of diverse groups in the context of time and place.
- Research skills
Demonstrate an understanding of research methodologies in the field of history. This includes the use of library and electronic resources to find sources, the ability to distinguish between types of sources (primary vs. secondary), and the familiarity with various methodologies (e.g. archival research, oral history). Employ standard citation styles, especially Chicago Style/Turabian style (footnotes or endnotes).
- Historiography, Theory, and Scholarly Interpretation
Show familiarity with the scholarly literature on various historical topics, and recognize and critique different approaches to historical inquiry. Demonstrate original thinking in analyzing sources, including the identification of a source’s argument and an assessment of its evidence. Demonstrate an understanding of the relationships between interpretations. This includes recognizing the differences between facts, evidence, and interpretations, demonstrating an awareness of the implications of different interpretations, and making sophisticated comparisons between interpretations.
- Original argument development
Develop a historical question, locate and interpret primary sources as evidence, place the inquiry in the context of relevant historiography and broader frameworks of interpretation, and integrate the varied sources in a coherent thesis/argument. Represent historians’ views with care and accuracy, and critique them with civility.
- Communication skills
Write clearly and persuasively about complex historical ideas and deliver effective public presentations of research.
For additional information on studying History, contact:
Associate Professor Pam Pennock, PhD
History Discipline Representative
1240 Social Sciences Building