The CBC full-time history faculty: Meg Woods, Robert Chisholm, David Arnold, and Christopher Herbert.
The History program is comprised of instructors with a wide variety of specialties, representing most of the major regions of the world. Course offerings include both American History and World Civilization. The program's goal is to broaden students' historical knowledge and to cultivate a historical consciousness that allows students to think and write critically about human society. In addition to course offerings, CBC offers a two-year degree in History.
History courses are intended to develop critical thinking, effective communication skills, and cultural awareness through the following outcomes:
As history practitioners, we understand that most of our students will not become historians. But getting students to analyze primary historical documents is one of the most important things we do in helping students develop critical thinking skills. It is also one of the most transferable skills - if students can understand, interpret and analyze perspective, context, bias, and subtext in a broad array of historical documents, they will be able to apply those same skills to a multitude of tasks, whether interpreting television news, understanding citizen initiatives, or choosing a health care plan. A recent study of college graduates found the "Many of the students graduated without knowing how to sift fact from opinion, make a clear written argument, or objectively review conflicting reports of a situation or event." It is precisely these kinds of skills that the CBC History program seeks to cultivate.
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