ERIC Number: ED387418
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Liberal Learning and the History Major. A Report by the American Historical Association Task Force in the Association of American College's Project on Liberal Learning, Study in Depth, and the Arts and Sciences Majors.
American Historical Association, Washington, DC.; Association of American Colleges, Washington, DC.
This report presents recommendations reflecting ideals essential to the study of history. Its purpose is to assist college and university history faculties in their efforts to offer students a coherent curriculum and to strengthen their claims for a central place for history in their institutions' programs. A brief summary of existing conditions and practices sets the context for the recommendations, which in turn prompt strategic questions for history faculties to address as they lay plans for the future. While focusing on the history major, the report also considers the larger role that history plays in college curricula and in the lives of those pursuing studies in other fields, suggesting ways to enhance the contribution of history to the education of all students. Because it recognizes that the fate of history in colleges and universities is inseparable from its well-being in elementary and secondary schools, it proposes measures to be taken in common with those who teach history there. The report is addressed to a number of audiences including: (1) individual historians; (2) history faculties in colleges and universities; (3) secondary and elementary school teachers and curriculum planners; (4) students majoring in history; (5) The American Historical Association; (6) college and university administrators; (7) The Association of American Colleges; and (8) the higher education community. (EH)
Descriptors: College Curriculum, College Instruction, Higher Education, History Instruction, Majors (Students), Partnerships in Education, Teacher Education
American Historical Association, 400 A Street, S.E., Washington, DC 20003-3889.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Historical Association, Washington, DC.; Association of American Colleges, Washington, DC.