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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. Historical Comprehension
    1. Analyze the literal and contextual significance of a historical passage.
    2. Identify the central questions in historical narratives.
    3. Articulate historical perspectives.
  2. Historical Analysis and Interpretation
    • Compare and contrast opposed and/or multiple sets of ideas, interpretations, values, personalities, behaviors and/or institutions.
    • Assess competing historical narratives.
    • Hypothesize the impacts and significance of past events.
  3. Historical Research Capabilities
    • Articulate historical questions.
    • Acquire and evaluate historical data.
    • Compose a sound historical interpretation and argument.
  4. Historical Issues Analysis and Decision-making
    • Recognize issues and problems in the past.
    • Assemble evidence of antecedent circumstances and contemporary factors contributing to the issues and promulgate alternative courses of action.
    • Evaluate the implementation of a decision.

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 Outcomes

  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.