Learning Outcomes

This course introduces students to methodical frameworks used by historians to interpret the past.  Students will explore the many ways history has been written (also known as historiography) and the diverse theoretical frameworks scholars use to explore a given topic.

This course aims to introduce students to historical research.  As such it will address the following learning outcomes:

  • Understanding of the discipline’s methods and processes
  • Appreciation of the diversity of methods and processes.
  • Ability to communicate in a group setting.
  • Ability to synthesize research findings.
  • Ability to utilize technological resources in research, data analysis, and presentation.

This course also fulfills the WI and SI general education requirements at UMW.  As such, it includes additional learning outcomes:


  • Understanding and being able to explain the conventions and expectations of oral communication as practiced within the discipline of the course taken.
  • Applying theories and strategies for crafting messages (verbal, nonverbal, and visual) for particular audiences and purposes.
  • Crafting oral messages after a conscious process in which various options are reviewed and will be able to explain and support their choices.
  • Meta-communciating about their communication patterns.


  • Demonstrating the varying strategies to convey arguments, main ideas, and support/evidence.
  • Demonstrating the varying patterns of composition, organization, and development.
  • Understanding the audience, role of the writer, and rhetorical strategies.
  • Engaging of writing conventions and correctness.

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