The History program at Saginaw Valley State University is designed to provide students with a firm grounding in history as an academic discipline on the university level. Such a grounding includes substantial and diverse content knowledge in American, European, and World History, analytical and interpretive skills, and the writing and evaluation of historical argumentation. The five major goals of the history program are:
1. Students will possess substantial content knowledge including survey and specialty narratives in American, European, and World history;
2. Students will understand the world as a richly diverse mix of social and cultural systems;
3. Students will learn to formulate significant historical questions;
4. Students will learn to construct historical narratives based on the selection and arrangement of factual information;
5. Students will learn to develop and evaluate historical interpretations.
Accrediting/Certifying Body: Michigan Department of Education, NCATE (for teacher education)
Professional Organizations/Standards that informed development of learning outcomes: American History Association, Organization of American Historians