The Westmont College History department is committed to the study of the human past across the world and in many eras. We believe that an understanding of the complexities of history helps students to develop skills relevant for many professions, to grow in empathy and curiosity, and to understand better their own place and calling in the world.
Program Learning Outcomes
The links below lead to information about the department's most recent assessment of student learning relative to our program learning outcomes. Note that our department revised all its outcomes for the current review cycle; assessment of previous outcomes may be found in the reports listed at the foot of this page.
As a result of what they have learned in their history program:
Primary Sources - Students will be able to read primary sources historically and use them effectively.
Research - Students will be able to select an appropriate research topic, and locate, evaluate, and responsibly use primary and secondary sources relevant to their work. Due for assessment 2014-15
Global Awareness/Diversity - We did not develop an outcome for this, wanting to wait on the wider college conversation. Due for assessment 2015-16
Vocation - Students will show evidence of mature reflection on the relationship between their education at Westmont and their vocational pursuits. Due for assessment 2016-17
Program Review Resources
Curriculum Map. A curriculum map is a visual representation of the structure of program curriculum. The map charts program courses, syllabi, and assessments as they relate to the intended program learning outcomes. In other words, a curriculum map is the intellectual linkage that presents twenty plus courses as a story of learning.
Multi-year Assessment Plan. A mullti-year assessment plan shows what program learning outcomes will be assessed in what years.
Annual and Six-Year Reports
The links below lead to reports from the past 6 years.