Graduate Academic Learning Compacts

Year: 2007-2008
College: Arts and Sciences
Department: History
Major: History
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Mission Statement:

The M.A. program in history at the University of North Florida is designed to meet the needs of students with varied goals: some pursue further graduate work; many are already teachers or plan to become teachers; others will seek professional employment as librarians and archivists or as public historians. Students may choose either a thesis or a non-thesis program, and to specialize in either U.S. or European history. Students who choose the non-thesis option are able to enroll in enough out-of-specialty courses to achieve an understanding of non-western history - a benefit for prospective teachers. As the department's faculty increases in numbers and breadth of coverage, other specializations will be added. Faculty in the Department of History are committed to the study, interpretation, and teaching of the human past. We provide undergraduate students with classroom and field experiences that examine the cultural, economic, intellectual, political, and social forces that have shaped the human experience. Our goal is to provide a course of study that enables students to develop a life-long appreciation of the importance of change over time, as well as the significance of continuity in human history. Faculty strive to inspire creativity and imagination by training students to objectively analyze and interpret historical documents and data, and to present their conclusions in concise and well-reasoned oral and written expressions. The historians in this department believe it is vital to pursue active research agendas to maintain proficiency in their craft, to continue to be enlightened by developments within their specialized fields of study, and to use their skill and research findings to charge their classroom presentations with meaning and excitement. Teaching and research are the most important aspects of our professional activities. Whenever possible, graduate students are invited to participate in research activities with faculty mentors. However, history faculty also routinely provide professional service in the form of lectures and educational opportunities for the community and the general public that are intended to increase understanding of human history. For graduate students, participation in these service activities prepares them for the work activities that will become part of their professional lives after graduation.
Student Learning Outcomes:

    
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1) Research and present advanced knowledge of the major historical themes, events, and factual content in the specialty areas of study.



    
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2) Formulate a sophisticated argument, test it with primary and secondary evidence, and present objective conclusions in clear and concise oral and written form.



    
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3) Choose appropriate research methods: in particular, locate and critically analyze primary sources, and select appropriate library finding aids (both print and electronic).



    
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4) Express historical arguments in extended research papers based on the analysis of primary and secondary sources. The essays will be written clearly, using correct grammar and a style appropriate for the subject matter and audience, and with evidence appropriately cited (including correct use of the conventions of documentation).



    
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5) Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of historiography by being able to identify and integrate and synthesize the principal trends and schools of historical writing as they apply to the subject matter being studied.



    
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6) Demonstrate the ability to present research results in clear, concise, and analytical oral reports. Edit/Delete Add/Edit


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Assessment Approaches:

Graduate learning outcomes are embedded in M.A. courses. Evaluation of UNF graduate students consists of oral presentations, essay examinations, and research papers. Graduate learning outcomes are also assessed by examination of the research work submitted for the degree. Thesis students prepare and defend a thesis before a committee of three faculty. Advanced knowledge of the major historical themes, events, and factual content in the specialty areas of study is also demonstrated by the thesis, and is assessed by the three-member faculty committee. Non-thesis students submit two research papers of at least 20 pages each, based on primary sources. Advanced knowledge of the major historical themes, events, and factual content in the specialty area of study is assessed via two culminating examinations (written) composed and graded by two different faculty members.