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Program Objectives

The University of Tulsa Mission Statement endeavors faculty and students to work together to ensure: excellence in scholarship, dedication to free inquiry, integrity of character and commitment to humanity. The Mission encourages university employees to dedicate themselves in the service to students so they become literate in the sciences, humanities and arts; think critically, and write and speak clearly, succeed in their professions and careers, behave ethically, welcome the responsibility of citizenship and service and acquire the skills and appetite for lifelong learning.

Bachelor of Arts in History

Following from this, the History Department further aspires to train each of its graduates to acquire the following skills:

  1. Proven and well-practiced critical thinking skills (research, writing, presentation and debate).
  2. Confident familiarity with a wide range of historical events, key figures, problems and issues.
  3. Well-demonstrated interest and capacity for humanities/social science research in the digital age.
  4. Critical awareness of contemporary global issues and their relation to the past.
  5. Awareness of changing historiographic perspectives.
  6. Ability to problem solve and “think on one’s feet.”

Master of Arts in History

At the end of the history master’s program in the thesis and non-thesis tracks students will be able to:

Learning Outcome

  1. Demonstrate an advanced understanding in their field of concentration.
  2. Demonstrate effectiveness in communicating complex historical ideas and events.
  3. Demonstrate an ability to research and interpret human affairs in a manner consistent with historical methodologies.

Thesis Track

  1. Eighteen hours of course work in field of concentration.
  2. A master’s thesis defense
  3. Completion of a master’s thesis.

Non-Thesis Track

  1. Eighteen hours of course work in field of concentration
  2. Public lecture based on an original research paper.
  3. Completion of at least two original research papers.