Program Objectives

History Department program objectives

The University of Tulsa Mission Statement endeavors faculty and students to work together to ensure: excellence in scholarship, dedication to free inquiry, integrity of character, and commitment to humanity. The Mission encourages university employees to dedicate themselves in the service to students so that they become literate in the sciences, humanities and arts; think critically, and write and speak clearly, succeed in their professions and careers, behave ethically, welcome the responsibility of citizenship and service and acquire the skills and appetite for lifelong learning.

Following from this, the History Department further aspires to train each of its graduates to acquire the following skills:

  1. Proven and well-practiced critical thinking skills (research, writing, presentation and debate).
  2. Confident familiarity with a wide range of historical events, key figures, problems and issues.
  3. Well demonstrated interest and capacity for humanities/social science research in the digital age.
  4. Critical awareness of contemporary global issues and their relation to the past.
  5. Awareness of changing historiographic perspectives.
  6. Ability to problem solve and "think on one's feet."