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Washington State University Graduate School

History, M.A.

Student Learning Outcomes


All graduates will be able to:

  1. Students will understand and evaluate the main methodologies and historical arguments in the primary fields of study.
  2. Students will interpret and apply the major trends in historiography and the methodological innovations associated with changes in historiographical theory.
  3. Students will apply appropriate theories and methods to the major field through independent research projects.
  4. Students will demonstrate mastery of historical exposition.
  5. Students will describe historical research within the professional apparatus of the discipline, and develop communication skills for diverse professional purposes.
  6. Students will design and construct a successful and nationally commensurate master’s thesis or dissertation by defining a viable research project and conducting research according to nationally recognized professional standards.
  7. Students will develop skills associated with the teaching of history at the college level.


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