The History Department faculty believes that all Lafayette history majors should master the following seven skills and bodies of knowledge and have organized the curriculum accordingly.
These are skills, knowledge bases, and capacities that characterize a well-educated citizen, one able to act thoughtfully and meaningfully in a rapidly changing world. We aim to educate young women and men to be effective employers and employees in a broad variety of professions, to be active members of their communities, and to be erudite and ethical friends and neighbors.
1) That students acquire a broad knowledge of important historical events and developments around the globe and are able to evaluate their causes and meanings.
2) That students become familiar with the nature of historical inquiry and historical methods.
3) That students are able to analyze societies and ideas in a comparative fashion.
4) That students develop strong analytical skills.
5) That students develop strong research skills.
6) That students are able to communicate complex ideas orally.
7) That students are able to communicate complex ideas in writing.