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History at UCM

Understanding today's complex world and seeking the best vision for tomorrow.

Social Studiesat UCM

Explore innovative techniques and proven methods for a career in education.

Africana Studies at UCM

Discover multicultural contributions throughout history and inspire change.

Anthropology at UCM

Contribute to the rich diversity of the rapidly changing world.

Program Mission Statements and Outcomes

Program Mission Statements and Outcomes




As a core component of the liberal arts and humanities curriculum, history is essential to learning about how the past has created the present.  The mission of the history programs is to help students develop key analytical skills in observing, analyzing, and recording the past and understanding the context of human action within a variety of diverse historical eras.  The history faculty prepares well-qualified graduates for careers in teaching, public history, government, business, and for post-baccalaureate academic degrees in history, law, and other related disciplines.  The program services the general education program with essential American and World history survey courses.  Once in the program, students receive historical training in a balanced approach to World and American history with the understanding that true insight into another culture's history cannot occur without a firm grasp of one's own.


History Major: Bachelor of Arts (42-420); Bachelor of Science (42-421) Student Learning Outcomes


  • Demonstrate proficiency in content knowledge equivalent to introductory surveys in U.S. and World history
  • Read history critically for comprehension of historical chronology and interpretation
  • Write an analytical research paper based on original research in primary and secondary sources
  • Think critically about the past, including ways to integrate historical knowledge with other fields of study


Social Studies:


The purpose of the social studies education program is to graduate qualified majors who can enter the teaching profession and successfully teach social studies at the secondary level.  To insure a quality outcome, the program requires that students complete a course of study consisting of 60 credit hours in a social science content and 31 credit hours of education pedagogy.  The combination of content and pedagogy should produce a graduate who possesses the knowledge, skills, and disposition to help their students develop, in the words of the National Council for the Social Studies, the civic competency required for citizenship in a diverse and democratic society.


Social Studies Major: Bachelor of Science in Education (41-264) Student Learning Outcomes


  • Demonstrate knowledge of the content areas required for certification in the social studies
  • Demonstrate the capacity to provide instruction in the disciplinary fields of the social studies




The mission of the anthropology program is to provide students with the opportunity to learn about human culture and biology across the world and through time.  Its century-old tradition of cross-cultural research emphasizes non-American and non-Western peoples, and it is an inter-discipline, existing between the biological sciences, the humanities, and the social sciences.  The program primarily serves the general education program but also provides a variety of upper-level courses for students seeking knowledge of other cultures, either through a minor or an individualized major.


Anthropology Individualized Major or Minor (424) Student Learning Outcomes


  • Master an understanding of how and why human beings evolve and dapt both biologically and culturally
  • Master an understanding of current cultural diversity in the world and the impact of globalization on contemporary non-western populations
  • Incorporate and apply their knowledge of anthropological methods, theories, and practices in an integrative experience (study abroad, internship, fieldwork or directed research)
  • Develop skills relevant to the profession of anthropology through the preparation of research designs, abstracts, grant proposals, cast study analyses, and presentations, posters, and essays


Africana Studies:


The interdisciplinary mission of the Africana Studies program is to explore the essential multicultural role played by peoples of African descent in constructing human civilization by analyzing their contributions in the disciplines of art, music, history, literature, political science, sociology, psychology, and others.  This minor seeks to develop students who will teach, research, and understand the worldwide experiences of the peoples of African descent and who will be inspired to achieve social and political change in the contemporary world.