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Learning Objectives

History Program Student Learning Goals:

Upon successful completion of the Ph. D. Program in History, students should be able to:

1) Demonstrate proficiency in both the history and historiography of a major as well as a minor field, orally and in writing Assessment: Satisfactory completion of required coursework, passing first (written) and second (oral) examinations, preparation and successful defense of the dissertation prospectus, completion of and successful defense of the dissertation.

2) Show a reading knowledge of a foreign language or more when those languages are necessary to conducting research in the student’s fieldAssessment: Passing language proficiency exams offered by the History Program, the CUNY Graduate Center Language Reading Program, or otherwise demonstrating competence in translating documents as required by field, conducting research for seminar papers and the dissertation in the appropriate language(s). 

3) Demonstrate and awareness of oral and written communication skills and ethical standards appropriate to the discipline and profession and as required for career success. Assessment: The formal written and oral critiquing of secondary literature and fellow students’ work in literature courses and research seminars; compliance with collaborative and/or human subject research standards, citation practices, and academic integrity standards in coursework, research, writing; engagement with the larger scholarly community; and the defense of the dissertation prospectus and completion and defense of the dissertation itself.
Learning opportunities: Adjunct teaching opportunities within and outside CUNY with the option to take a course on college-level teaching; an annual student conference (in which students present and critique their own work); regular professional development workshops on conference paper preparation and presentations, scholarly journal-writing, academic curriculum vita preparation, and research methods and ethics; mock academic job interviews; workshops on professional opportunities for academic historians in non-academic settings; and other programs organized to suit student needs and interests.

4) Develop and present an original argument to the scholarly community that is based on research in primary sources and that makes a significant contribution to the field Assessment: successful completion and defense of the doctoral dissertation.