The Higher Education
Department's Core Competencies for Area IV: Behavioral Sciences are:
Identify, describe, and explain how human behaviors are influenced by
social structures, institutions, and processes within the contexts of
complex and diverse communities
Articulate how beliefs, assumptions, and values are influenced by factors
such as politics, geography, economics, culture, biology, history, and
Describe ongoing reciprocal interactions among self, society, and the
the knowledge base of the social and behavioral sciences to identify,
describe, explain, and critically evaluate relevant issues, ethnical
dilemmas, and arguments
following SLO's for DACC students, which connect with the HED's core
competencies, are listed below.
Students will be able to:
demonstrate an understanding of basic
historical events across a range of historical periods, social
structures, and cultures.
Demonstrate knowledge of the chronological
flow of history by placing in order a series of significant events.
Demonstrate critical thinking by
interpreting events, issues, developments, relationships, and
Locate historically significant places and
geographic features on a map.
evaluate how practices and beliefs changed
Identify major themes of change (e.g.,
political, diplomatic, religious, cultural, social, and economic).
Recognize and evaluate historical processes.
Analyze and evaluate primary and secondary
Discern relevant information from research
to distinguish between fact and fiction, and effectively communicate
(oral and written) the importance of selected works to course studies.
identify and relate to one another the
people and ideas which have contributed significantly across a range of
historical periods, social structures, and cultures.
Demonstrate an understanding of
Demonstrate critical thinking skills by
writing integrated and coherent essays dealing with peoples and cultural
contributions, including differing perspectives of history.
demonstrate an understanding of the past and
how it has shaped the present and will shape the future.
Discuss the relationship of the study of
history to the development of an understanding of present-day society
and current issues.
Explain how and why historical
interpretations differ and how they are affected by time.