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Syllabus Supplement

Texas State University
Department of History
Outcomes for all Courses

The Department of History has the following expectations of all students taking courses in the department. These general expectations are in addition to specific expectations (goals and/or objectives) stated in the course syllabus you received from your instructor. The appropriate section(s) of this page therefore constitute supplement to your course syllabus.

History 1310/1320 General Education Core Objectives/Learning Outcomes:

American History Component Outcomes

  • Students will relate/examine past events and ideas relative to the United States in a series of causal events leading to a major event in American history.

  • Students will describe/examine interaction among individuals, communities, states, the nation and the world, considering how these interactions have contributed to the development of the United States and its global role.

Core Objectives/Competencies Outcomes:

Critical Thinking Skills

  • Students will demonstrate creative thinking, innovation, inquiry, and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information.

Communication Skills

  • Students will effectively develop, interpret and express ideas through written, oral and visual communication.

Social Responsibility

  • Students will demonstrate intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities.

Personal Responsibility

  • Students will relate choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making.

Undergraduate History Majors (HIST 3000s/4000s)

1. Students who have completed the required hours in the major will understand the characteristics of historical analysis (e.g. organizational principles such topic and theme; overarching emphasis such as social, economic, political perspectives; chronological and thematic narrative approaches; adequate and appropriate use of primary sources).

2. Students who complete the required courses in the major will have mastered the basic skills and methods of the discipline of history (selecting an appropriate topic; formulating a workable thesis; organizing primary and secondary sources in support of the thesis; properly citing sources to support the thesis).

Undergraduate History Teacher Certification Majors (HIST 4300/4380)

Majors working toward teacher certification will be able to apply historical knowledge and methodologies within the classroom setting. Teachers are expected to instruct students on discerning important historical facts from both primary and secondary sources, understanding the process of causation, and constructing an effective historical narrative.

Graduate History Majors (HIST 5000s)

1. Students completing the history graduate program will have a critical understanding of historiographical trends in the student's major field.

2. Students completing the master of arts program will demonstrate the ability to undertake the writing of a major research paper combining primary and secondary sources.

3. Students in the Public History Program will demonstrate advanced ability to undertake the practice of history in the context of the general public.

4. Students in the  master of arts program will demonstrate an advanced ability to undertake the explanation of historical subject matter in oral form.

Financial Aid Information
for Possible Inclusion In Syllabi

Non-Attendance and Financial Aid
If you are a Pell Grant, Iraq-Afghanistan Service Grant (IASG) or TEACH Grant recipient, federal regulations require you to have begun attending the courses for which you are enrolled and receiving these grants. If on the census date roster (e.g., 12th day of each fall and spring semester) you are reflected as not attending a course, you are assumed (for financial aid purposes) not to have begun attendance for that course. Your grant will then be adjusted or cancelled based on the courses you have actually begun attending.

Unofficial Withdraws and Financial Aid
If you fail to earn a passing grade in at least one of your courses (i.e., all U's, all I’s or a combination of all U's, W's or l's) during a semester, you are considered to have, for purposes of federal Title IV funds, unofficially withdrawn from the university. As a result, a federal withdrawal calculation must be performed to determine the amount of Title IV funds that you must repay. Once the amount you must repay is determined, Financial Aid and Scholarships will mail you a letter with the repayment details.

Note: A grade of U (Unearned Failing) is awarded to students who do not officially withdraw from but fail to complete a course (i.e., did not take a final exam, stopped attending, etc.) and failed to achieve the course objectives.

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) and Financial Aid
Federal regulations require you to meet certain minimum academic standards in order to remain eligible for financial assistance. The requirements are that you: 1) maintain a minimum cumulative Texas State GPA; 2) complete at least 70% of all your coursework; and 3) not exceed a maximum limit of attempted hours toward your degree or certificate program.

Additional program-specific requirements also exist (e.g., TEXAS Grant). You can view these SAP criteria in more detail at by selecting Undergraduate Aid or Graduate Aid from the dropdown menu and then Maintain My Eligibility.