The History Department curriculum has five broad learning goals that are the foundation of all our courses and department activities:
- Historical Perspective: Identify change over time and explain how and why it happens.
- Historical Empathy: Understand and appreciate peoples, cultures, ideas, and beliefs within their own historical contexts, and make reasoned and ethical decisions rooted in sensitivity to cultural differences throughout the world.
- Information Fluency: Examine and analyze texts and other historical artifacts with sensitivity to authorship, voice, audience, genre, medium, historical context, bias, and intent.
- Communication: Communicate clearly and persuasively in person, in writing and via other media, to a wide variety of audiences, with arguments supported by evidence and thoughtful analysis of that evidence.
- Self-Awareness: Develop mature, professional behavior and habits, and recognize and explain the value of a Wheaton College history education outside the classroom.