College of Arts, Letters and Social Sciences
School of Social Sciences
The mission of the department of History at Lake Superior State University is to teach history to our undergraduates. Our program emphasizes the acquisition of historical knowledge, exploring various methods of inquiry, and issues of diversity. Our focus is on North America and Europe, but we also introduce our students to world history including courses and units on Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. In addition, our courses include segments on various political, social, cultural, and intellectual themes. The program also introduces students to the aspects of gender and diversity as they relate to history. We include surveys of major historical debates and themes. The history program is also closely linked to our geography program with our majors and minors pursuing courses in regional, historical, economic, and cultural geography.
Outcomes for Students
- To be able to know, understand and communicate historical and geographical knowledge.
- To be able to recognize and use major historical themes.
- To be able to use methods of inquiry in historical and geographical research.
- To become aware of cultural bias.
- To contribute, through their understanding of the economic, social, political, and geographical factors in historical development, to the community.
Our primary goal
To contribute to their career preparation and worth as a citizen by introducing them to basic historical interpretations, constructs of diversity, and the social, political, and economic issues related to our pluralistic society
- The History program is structured to accomplish our student outcome goals by:
- Providing an understanding of historical development and the various interpretations of that development.
- Invite discussion and participation is discussions of the interpretations.
- Studying historical change in an intellectual environment that is supportive.
- Challenging each student to examine their assumptions and understandings of historical developments.
- Guiding students in conducting independent research and presenting their research to local and state historical audiences.
- Creating a forum for the students to present and discuss their research.
- Assessing outcomes to enable us to continue to develop our program and courses.