History Department Learning Objectives

Students will engage history as an interpretive discipline that investigates changes and continuities over time.

  • Students will examine change over time by analyzing the complex interplay of social, political, economic, cultural, and environmental forces that people both participate in and experience.


  • Students will develop the ability to empathize with peoples from different time periods, world regions and cultures, and social positions as a way to understand the complexity of human motivations and historical contexts.


  • Students will understand history as a constructed narrative - woven together from fragmentary and incomplete evidence and shaped by the narrator’s world view.


  • Students will learn to formulate persuasive written and oral historical arguments and support them with reasoned choices of evidence and analysis that takes contradictory evidence into account.
ArtSci News
October 25, 2016
A high-profile lecture by one of the world’s leading journalists on the topic of faith and religion will be preceded by an interfaith event designed to introduce visitors to the diversity of religious and faith communities in central Iowa.