The Department's learning goals align with several of the
University's 'TEN GOALS OF UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION"
The major in history at the University of Delaware furthers the University's
emphasis on diversity, intellectual community, global awareness, and the
distinctive mission of a public research university. The history major at the
University of Delaware sharpens students' ability to think clearly, to write
effectively, and to read critically. The major allows students to generate historical
knowledge and to teach students how to frame historical problems, analyze and
interpret historical evidence, and how to write compelling historical
Our majors will engage in coursework that examines the Americas, Asia,
Europe, Africa and the Middle East; and our study spans every historical era.
We also house a History/Social Studies education program that trains students
preparing to teach in secondary education. We sponsor interdisciplinary
seminars, public lectures, and special workshops that foster a vibrant academic
Goal 1: Students will acquire a broad introduction to the study of history,
while also developing skills in analytical thinking, critical reading,
expository writing, and effective communication.
Goal 2: Through the study of history, our majors will acquire knowledge of
and perspective on the past, become knowledgeable citizens, and prepare for a
broad array of careers.
Goal 3: Students will write critically and
analytically. Students will produce critical essays that include a clear thesis
statement, proper citation formatting, and the use of primary sources to build
a persuasive argument.