Santa Clara University

History Department

Mission, Goals & Objectives


In accord with the mission of Santa Clara University, Santa Clara’s History Department strives to be a community of scholars in which students and faculty engage in vigorous inquiry to study and understand the past. This is the product of both interpretation of what others have written about the past and original scholarship that expands the boundaries of historical knowledge. Because history is what the present says about the past, it is continuously undergoing reinterpretation. Examination of the construction of history is therefore at the base of learning and scholarship within the department.

Through an integrated approach to teaching, learning, and scholarship, students will become informed about their own and other cultures in a global context, will develop broadly reflective and analytic skills, and will prepare themselves to be engaged citizens serving their societies.

Further, the History Department strives to further the goals of the College of Arts and Sciences and the University, especially through service to the University Core and the University Residential Learning Communities.

Goals and Objectives

Goal 1:
An understanding of one's own and other cultures in a global context

Objective: Students will demonstrate an understanding of the broad context of human experience as well as a systematic and analytical comprehension of one area of historical concentration.

Goal 2:
Critical thinking and expression

Objective: Students will demonstrate a mastery of critical thinking, problem solving, written and oral communication, as well as practical skills

Goal 3:
Engaged citizenship
Objective: Students will demonstrate an understanding of the historical context of contemporary social and civic issues
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