The mission of the Department of History at Carroll College is twofold. First, it is our responsibility to provide all Carroll students with an appreciation for history so that they may have a clearer understanding of the society—locally as well as globally—within which they live. Our second responsibility is to provide students with the appropriate knowledge and skills so that they may pursue professional careers in the field of history and history-related areas.

This twin mission of the department is a direct outgrowth of the Carroll College Mission statement, which declares that the school “is dedicated to providing its students the means for their full realization of a dual goal of vocation and enlightenment.” Within the Department of History, faculty development is viewed as an extension of both the college’s mission and the department’s mission.

Goals and Objectives

In its effort to provide Carroll students with an appreciation for history, and thus the society within which they live, the History Department offers a broad range of courses in Ancient, Early and Modern European, American, East Asian, Middle Eastern, African and Latin American history. The department purposely avoids offering narrowly focused courses that may be of benefit to a very select number of students. We firmly believe that more broadly based courses are of greater value to majors and non-majors alike, especially when those students are all undergraduates.

Those broadly based courses, including History of Western Civilization and History of the United States, also provide the foundation for students who wish to pursue professional careers in history and history-related fields. An examination of the course offerings in the department shows that we teach a significant number of upper-division courses that enable our students to obtain an increasingly sophisticated knowledge of history.

Student Learning Outcomes

As a history major or minor, you will learn to:

  1. Think critically and analytically about a variety of topics
  2. Be able to read, comprehend, analyze, and correctly cite primary and secondary sources.
  3. Gain a sense of historical awareness and the importance of the historical past and events
  4. Develop strong writing skills, including the ability to make an original argument about historical topics and the ability to discuss particular issues in writing using the proper grammar, spelling, and formatting.