History is the study of the human past as it is constructed and interpreted with human artifacts, written evidence, and oral traditions. It requires empathy for historical actors, respect for interpretive debate, and the skillful use of an evolving set of practices and tools. As an inquiry into human experience, history demands that we consider the diversity of human experience across time and place. As a public pursuit, history requires effective communication to make the past accessible; it informs and preserves collective memory; it is essential to active citizenship. As a discipline, history requires a deliberative stance towards the past; the sophisticated use of information, evidence, and argumentation; and the ability to identify and explain continuity and change over time. Its professional ethics and standards demand peer review, citation, and acceptance of the provisional nature of knowledge.
The History Program at AWC is designed to prepare students to transfer to a university. Students will complete a variety of courses that provide a foundation in global, national, and local histories, including world history, and the histories of Europe, the United States, Mexico, and Arizona. Through the study of the past, students develop critical thinking skills and the ability to conduct historical research, evaluate primary and secondary sources, craft historical arguments, and write effectively. The program articulates with all three Arizona state universities, fulfilling all lower-division requirements for the major.
Graduates of these programs will successfully complete the following learning outcomes:
- Demonstrate knowledge of the historical period and subject understudy
- Develop critical thinking and writing skills through evaluation of major historical events
- Improve research methods, analysis, oral communication, and writing skills through the completion of a research paper
- Identify and recall key information from a historical text and/or documentary film
- Define and discuss the historical significance of key historical terms and concepts
- Identify the underlying causes, explain the historical significance, and analyze the lasting impact of an event and/or how it changed the course of history
- Evaluate a primary or secondary source
- Summarize findings in an oral presentation
- Research an assigned topic and synthesize information in a research paper, citing all sources using appropriate style and format.