The Skills of a Historian
Oklahoma City University courses stress skills that employers look for in the workplace. Students learn how to investigate topics and collect data, assess the character of individuals based on an interpretation of available sources, make judgements on events and individual actions based on that evidence, and share their findings through written and verbal communication. Individuals who are naturally curious, have an affinity for historical events and topics, and want to pursue a career that may take them down a variety of paths often find history courses help develop their natural skills.
Studying the Past
OCU offers history courses on a wide variety of subjects, themes, and time periods. Students will find they can study all facets of United States history, including women's history, Native American history, poltical history, American foreign policy, the history of race and ethnicity, and even American popular culture. Students will also find courses on the Middle East, European history, the history of Terrorism, Ancient Greece, the Holocaust, Dictators and Tyrants, and much more.
Preparing for the Future
Business leaders routinely cite their need for and appreciation of employees with the excellent communication skills that history majors develop in their course of study. History majors at OCU learn to research and interpret a variety of materials--from immigration lists to ship manifest, from diaries to international treaties, from music lyrics to movies. In a world of globalizing economic markets and ever-expanding technologies, history provides students with vital research and communication skills to compete in the job market. The ability to identify, synthesize, and evaluate diverse forms of information sets historians apart from other disciplines.
The history department has a three-fold objective. First, the department works to provide a major that prepares students for graduate study in history, law, public services, and archival work, while still encouraging a broad perspective and measured judgment appropriate for the graduate entering almost any career. Next, the department provides a minor and a variety of elective courses intended to hone interests and deepen knowledge in particular subject fields as well as enabling the student to synthesize knowledge from other disciplines. Finally, the department presents General Education courses to help students better understand themselves, their national heritage, and the world in which they live. Through all of the above, the department hopes that students will also understand how events in the past did and did not happen and, perhaps most importantly, that neither the history of their country nor of the world is a simple morality play.
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