Mission Statement

Approved December 2010

The mission of the Department of History is to provide CSUDH students with educational opportunities that meet the highest academic standards, to model for students the value of diversity and cultural pluralism, and to transform our students into life-long learners capable of realizing their personal and professional ambitions.  We do so as the representatives of the discipline of history on this campus; and, our conduct is thus informed by a set of standards and principles shared by the community of practicing historians in the United States.  The American Historical Association, our leading professional organization, states:

"Historians should practice their craft with integrity. They should honor the historical record. They should document their sources. They should acknowledge their debts to the work of other scholars. They should respect and welcome divergent points of view even as they argue and subject those views to critical scrutiny. They should remember that our collective enterprise depends on mutual trust. And they should never betray that trust.”

As engaged citizens, teachers and scholars, we are committed to transforming California State University, Dominguez Hills into a unique community of teaching, learning, and research.

Program Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Approved March 2011

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Art’s degree in History, students will be able to demonstrate:

  1. An understanding of the nature and goals of history as a discipline, including an awareness of the complexity of the past and the historical record
  2. An understanding of the basic themes and issues of the history of the United States and at least two other world regions (Africa, Asia, Europe – including Russia – or Latin America)
  3. An understanding of the historical construction of class, race, ethnicity and gender, and the ability to critically evaluate the use of these categories in primary and secondary sources
  4. Research and information literacy skills using scholarly resources, including the critical use of both print and electronic research sources
  5. The ability to distinguish between facts and interpretations and to identify arguments in historical scholarship and to evaluate them critically
  6. The ability to communicate historical knowledge, interpretations and arguments clearly in writing and in formal oral presentations
  7. The ability to properly cite primary and secondary sources and to construct a bibliography
  8. A capacity for life-long learning by completing an independent research project (involving the formulation of an historical question and the composition of a formal research paper exploring that question utilizing both primary and secondary sources)