understand societies in the contemporary world and the forces that have
shaped them, graduates of SMU will be able to identify and analyze problems,
events, and documents or artifacts from the past and know how to situate
them in their appropriate social, political, economic, and cultural
To this end, students take two courses from the Historical Contexts Pillar.
Historical Contexts: Student Learning Outcomes
1. Students will be able to identify the main events, actors, and evidence involved in a defined historical period.
2. Students will be able to summarize in their own prose the major changes that took place over time in a defined historical period.
1. Students will be able to analyze both secondary and primary historical evidence.
2. Students will be able to develop and support extended historical discussions in their own prose, based both on critical understanding of specific historical problems and on evaluation of secondary and primary evidence.
HC courses come from such fields as Anthropology, Art History, Business, English, Film, History, Human Rights, Music, and Philosophy.