B.A. History – Written Communication (2013-2014)

Have formal Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) or Student Learning Outcomes (SLOS) been developed?

YES

Published where? (website)

History Webpage

Do PLOs include or imply link to Core Competency? (AY 2013-2014: Written Communication)?

“The History major assists students in the development of their ability to communicate clearly, both orally and in writing, and in the development of their ability to gather, process, and analyze information from various sources, including primary and secondary source material found in print and Internet formats.”

Students will be able to:

• Present a historical interpretation in a well-organized, readable, and logical manner;
• Follow proper rules of grammar and syntax, and accepted style of the profession (Chicago Style).

Process of Core Competency Assessment:

Course (400- level)

History 491 – Senior Thesis

Assignment

Students will write a paper on a topic of choice in the students’ area of emphasis that will: (a) -answer analytically and historiographically significant research questions; (b) analyze evidence from both primary and secondary sources; (c) construct an interpretation that answers the questions posed in the project; (d) situate the interpretation in the historiography of the topic; (e) present their historical interpretation in a well-organized, readable, and logical manner; and (f) follow proper rules of grammar and syntax, and the accepted style of the profession.

Type of Student Artifact

30-40 page paper thesis utilizing primary and secondary sources in Chicago format

Rubric or other instrument

GE Writing Communication Rubric

Data (measurement of the competency)

Eleven senior thesis papers (n=11) were read by the Assessment Committee. The class average for overall score was 2.759 indicating that students are approaching competency (score of 3), with the following areas noted as needing improvement: grammar and syntax; quality of research; analysis.

Evaluator Tabular Data

Action Taken in Response to the Data (What will you do in response to the Findings?)

The department will address these areas of concern through the following: (1) to improve grammar and syntax issues, we plan to increase the availability of history-writing tutors (both within the department and through university services, eg. Kilohana) along with increased peer-review; (2) research and analysis concerns will be addressed in both HIST 300 ‘historical methods’ and HIST 490 ‘historiography’.

Date of Last Program Review

2005