Program Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes detail the knowledge, skills and abilities that you as a student will demonstrate upon successful completion of your program.


Students who successfully complete History courses at North Seattle Community College will be able to:

1. Demonstrate Historical Knowledge:  Identify key events that define change over time in a particular place or region, and identify how change occurs over time; explain historical continuity and change;  describe how philosophical and political ideologies, economic structures, social ordering,  cultural perceptions and natural environments have framed and affected historical events and issues; discuss how factors such as race, ethnicity, gender, class, religion, and region influence historical narratives.

2. Use Historical Thinking:  explain how different people at different times have existed, thought, and acted; interpret the complexity and diversity of events, situations, and past mentalities, and compare areas and regions across time to identify and define enduring issues; recognize a range of viewpoints as presented in historical narratives and historiographical interpretations.

3. Demonstrate Historical Skills: 

          • Critical thinking and reading skills, including distinguishing between historical facts and historical interpretations;  assessing the credibility of primary and secondary resources; and evaluating debates among historians

          • Research skills, including formulating historical questions; obtaining historical data from a variety of reliable sources and citing those sources fully and completely, using CMS, the historians’ citation guide; and identifying gaps in available records

          • Constructing reasonable historical arguments and supporting them with credible evidence from a variety of primary and secondary sources.

4. Use Historical Agency:  Apply these history methods, skills, and perspectives to assess and critique contemporary issues.