History Major Learning Outcomes

1. Seek, find, evaluate and utilize primary sources and secondary historical literature; develop and articulate persuasive arguments based in historical evidence both orally and in written work

Primary sources are sources that are directly from the source. For example, if one was researching lives of the workers at a meat factories in Chicago of the early 1900s, then a diary of a butcher of the factory would be a primary source. Secondary sources are papers and research articles about the topic. By continuing on with the example, a secondary source for it would be a book review of a collection of letters from the butcher to his family. By identifying the difference of the sources, one can fully develop their argument and use them to support it. It is also fun to find sources. They can be found in the strangest places. In my reflection about my Senior Seminar for History, I comment on how I found most of the primary sources I used for my paper.

2. Develop and articulate persuasive arguments based in historical evidence both orally and in written work

I have had many history classes which have lead me to be able to find a thesis, an argument, and be able to support that with primary and secondary sources. All of those classes led up to my Senior Seminar, the crowning achievement of my historical time at Agnes. Here is a reflection on my Senior Seminar.

3. Apply knowledge and critical interpretation of the past to an understanding of crucial aspects of one’s own cultural and historical background as well as the backgrounds of others

The past and what happened formed the present into what it is today. Without those events, the present may be vastly different. By learning the past, we can identify how the present was formed and what would be the best way to improve it for the future. Patterns shape the world, and we need to study them to keep history from repeating itself. While I felt a bit isolated from me senior seminar class as I described in this reflection, I know we all share a love for history and they would agree with me that history is made up of people, we form it and it is our duty to remember it and share it.

4. Describe and analyze current developments within historical contexts

My favorite history professor, Professor Kennedy, is amazing. She is an incredible professor in that she connects the past to the present. Whenever something major happens in the news that relates to the class, she brings out the newspaper clipping and talks to the class about it. From her I have learned to connect the past with the present and see the patterns. This skill has helped me complete my Senior Seminar, a reflection of which is found here, and allowed me to become the historian that I am today.

5. Apply the results of research, writing and speaking experiences within the major, along with experiential learning and career investigation opportunities (internships, externships, seminars or workshops conducted by history faculty and alumnae) to career planning and graduate school and job applications.

My history experience at Agnes has been amazing. I love learning about history and being with other people who love the subject. Despite my trouble with connecting to people, which reflections of that can be found here and here, I love humans. Humans are intelligent and passionate. Those traits appeared in everyone that I met within the History department.

SUMMIT Learning Outcomes

1. Identify, explain, and analyze global themes, processes and systems

Due to classes at Agnes and the Summit program, I was able to, for the first time, travel outside of the country. I took a class that had a 2 week stay in Japan where we were able to immerse ourselves in the culture and identify, explain, and analyze themes from that country. Found here is a reflection of my trip to Japan.

2. Demonstrate knowledge and skills essential for global engagement

Agnes Scott has allowed me to take a educational trip both the New York City and several cities in Japan. I have been able to learn so much and experience multiple cultures. Also, I was able to complete all the requirements for being a History major with a Specialization in Global Learning, where I learned how to communicate on a broader scale and learned how to work in a team of diverse people. In my writings about Japan, I reflect on my experiment and how they affected me as a person.

3. Critically examine the relationship between dominant and marginalized cultures, subcultures or group

I’ve taken many history classes and even an anthropology class at Agnes. They have allowed me to learn about the world, about the past, and about humans. With that knowledge from the classes, I was able to go to Japan and be able to understand and examine the culture and subculture there. Here is a reflection based upon my experience in Japan and the class that was connected to it.

4. Communicate effectively through writing and speaking, especially across cultural or linguistic differences

Being at Agnes Scott has really helped me and my ability to communicate. Through constant practice and assignments, my writing and speaking skills have increased to the point where, given enough time to prepare, I can feel confident to fully argue my case and stand my ground. In my reflection about senior seminar, I write how I was able to successfully pass the class, and that is due to my ability to academically communicate my points.

5. Recognize, analyze and evaluate arguments

To be able to graduate and fulfill the Summit requirement for my degree, I have had to take a variety of different classes. Each class was taught by a different professor and through that I was exposed to a wide variety of teaching style. Each professor taught me something different that I can use to be able to not only identify and problem, but also properly evaluate it. One  professor I learned and important life lesson from and my reflection of that experience is linked.

6. Articulate and appraise problems and solutions from multiple perspectives, critically considering diverse sources of information

There are so many different people at Agnes and each person has their own unique point of view. By being around the amazing people on campus and being taught by some of them, I have been able to learn how to identify multiple perspectives and use that knowledge of both culture and history to my advantage and find a solution. All three of my reflections found here, here, and here, are about my experiences at Agnes and how it has let me be involved in different countries, different classes, and different people.

7. Recognize, analyze, and employ effective teamwork

Each class I have taken has had multiple of other students in it and that let me be able to work together with a variety of people. Not only did we do group assignments, we also learned together in a same space and would go out of our way to help eachother out. By working in an effective team, one is able to produce more and better results. All three of my reflections found here, here, and here, are about the people of Agnes and how they have affected me and changed me as a person.

8. Identify and assess one’s values, interests and abilities

Agnes Scott has helped me learn so much about myself. At first I had no idea of what I should major in, but with time and classes, I found my love for history. Also, by being around student all the time, I am able to talk to people and learn about their interest. This not only deepens my bond with them, but it also helps me in the know their skills, so in the future I can depend on them for help and expand my horizons. Agnes has let me not only increase my love for history, but also for art due to the amazing community at Dana and the people there which is what I wrote about in one of my reflections.

9. Practice or interpret creative expression or probe fundamental questions of value and meaning

One of my favorite overall experience at Agnes has been the art department. As explained and further analysed in this reflection, the art classes have allowed me to be as creative and as imaginative as I can be while also reflecting and learning about the questions of the world and humans in general. Also, here is a link to the creative section of my portfolio.

10. Interpret quantitative information or demonstrate the methods of inquiry appropriate for investigating the natural world

Senior Seminar allowed me the chance to chose, research, and write about any topic I wanted. It gave me freedom to investigate the past and learn as much as I can from my subject through sources and written information. Here is a reflection about my experience in Senior Seminar.

11. Analyze human behavior or social relations

Being at a college as diverse as Agnes has allowed me to be able to interact and befriend a large group of different and unique individuals. While I still have much to learn about people and social situations, I am doing my best to learn and grow, which I mention in all three of my reflections found here, here, and here.

Skills and Strengths

Good with People: I have worked in a retail setting in the past which gave me practice in how to handle and respond to a variety of people in a professional way.

Organization: College has taught me that being organized by being up to date on assignments, resources, and dates is great in a professional setting. Not only does being organized make things neat and tidy, but it also allows me to work faster since I am not scrambling around for misplaced information.

Punctual: I always aim to be early, that way if something does occur, I can be on time. I also keep track of any and all deadlines.

Creative: I have an active imagination that allows me to think outside of the box and find new solutions for problems. Also, I have experience is the arts which allow me to have a different viewpoint on some aspects like advertisement and showcase. I was able to develop my creative side and strengthen my skills by taking multiple art classes at Agnes. The reflection to them can be found attached.

Listening: One of the most important strengths I have is being an active listener. It allows me to be organized, respond to people, and thrive in any setting.

My reflections on my Art Classes

24 January 2019

Reflection 3

While this is not one singular experience, my favorite parts of my Agnes Experiences were in art classes. Even though I am a history major, I do not feel at home or welcomed in the history department. However, I feel like I belong in the art department.

I have taken about 10 art classes in my four years of college. Each one has been a pleasure to take. The part I will miss the most about Agnes would be Dana and everyone in that building. If feels like home, like I belong there, like I am actually wanted. For someone who has difficulties dealing with people, feeling like I am wanted means a lot to me.

I’m leaving Agnes soon though. I will no longer belong in Dana. That hurts, but I have to be ok with that. I’m growing out of being here. I will miss everyone and everything, even the ghost in the building, but I will move on. I’ll take those precious experiences and emotions and find a new place like Dana. I now know that it is possible. I’ll find it eventually.

In my Summit learning outcomes, I link back to this reflection a couple of times.

The Summit Learning Outcomes that I connected to this reflection are numbers,

6. Articulate and appraise problems and solutions from multiple perspectives, critically considering diverse sources of information

7. Recognize, analyze, and employ effective teamwork

8. Identify and assess one’s values, interests and abilities

9. Practice or interpret creative expression or probe fundamental questions of value and meaning

11. Analyze human behavior or social relations

My trip to Japan and the Aftermath that followed

24 January 2019

Reflection 2

In my sophomore year of college, I entered the Contemplated Japan class in which the week after school ended the students traveled to Japan. In that class was my two dearest friends of that time, and actually they still are my two dearest friends. They were seniors then, so this was their last Agnes Scott Experience. The class itself was fun and interesting. We learned the basics of meditation and an overview of the history of Japan.

Being in Japan was an amazing experience. I was finally immersed in another culture. I was able to communicate a bit due to taking 2 years of Japanese at Agnes. My favorite parts of the trip was seeing the difference and similarities between the different cities in Japan. Each city had a 7/11 and or a Family Mart, but the architecture and the layouts were different. By being in the cities I was able to differ the slight subcultures that exist in Japan. The traditional culture of the historical city was completely different that the loud and bold culture of Tokyo.

The trip itself was were things became a little rocky. My psychiatrist not only tripled my dosage of daily medication, but also added two more only a month before we left for Japan. Because of that in Japan I did have a few breakdowns because my body and mind were not in sync. That made most of the other students annoyed of me. They complained to the professor, so she lowered my grade and told me that, “I’m a loner, but not by choice.”

Every single day I think about that sentence. It honestly really hurts. I have had many breakdowns on just contemplating that sentence in my mind and feeling that no one would ever like me, that I am unlovable. That is completely not true though. I have my two dear friends still by my side. Though we are states away we message every day and every couple of months arrange meetups for a weekend. If I was unlovable, I would not have them as friends. While that sentence still hurts and has ruined my options of that professor forever, I will not let it drag me down further into depression.

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Photo By, Eva Bryant

In my Summit and History learning outcomes, I link back to this reflection a couple of times.

The History Learning Outcomes that I have associated with this reflection is number,

5. Apply the results of research, writing and speaking experiences within the major, along with experiential learning and career investigation opportunities (internships, externships, seminars or workshops conducted by history faculty and alumnae) to career planning and graduate school and job applications.

The Summit Learning Outcomes that I associated with the reflections are numbers,

1. Identify, explain, and analyze global themes, processes and systems

2. Demonstrate knowledge and skills essential for global engagement

3. Critically examine the relationship between dominant and marginalized cultures, subcultures or group

5. Recognize, analyze and evaluate arguments

6. Articulate and appraise problems and solutions from multiple perspectives, critically considering diverse sources of information

7. Recognize, analyze, and employ effective teamwork

11. Analyze human behavior or social relations

Senior Seminar Reflection

24 January 2019

Reflection 1

Last semester I took my senior seminar class. I’m a history major, so before my junior year ended, I was already researching and developing my topic. With the guidance and encouragement from Professor Kennedy, I decided my topic would be on Stalin, specifically how western political cartoons depicted him from 1939, the year of the Nazi- Soviet Pack, to his death in 1953. My favorite part of my senior seminar was to finding sources for my topic, which I did during summer break. I went from bookstore to bookstore and even to antique shops and searched for old collections of political cartoons.

When class started, that was when my difficulties emerged. For some reason I could not relate to any of the other students. I felt isolated and alone. I felt alienated and all alone. Everyone was very nice, but interacting was challenging and sometimes downright impossible for me. I do not know why I felt like that. I just remember crying a lot.

I did let that stop me from being happy in my senior seminar class, however, I refuse to let that stop me in the future. I can use that experience to overcome any similar obstacles in the future. I will not always be able to relate to everyone, and that is fine. I just can not let that stop me anymore. I want to be happy, so I will fight for it.

In my Summit and History learning outcomes, I link back to this reflection a couple of times.

For the History Major Learning Outcomes, I reference this reflection for these outcomes:

1. Seek, find, evaluate and utilize primary sources and secondary historical literature; develop and articulate persuasive arguments based in historical evidence both orally and in written work

2. Develop and articulate persuasive arguments based in historical evidence both orally and in written work

3. Apply knowledge and critical interpretation of the past to an understanding of crucial aspects of one’s own cultural and historical background as well as the backgrounds of others

4. Describe and analyze current developments within historical contexts

5. Apply the results of research, writing and speaking experiences within the major, along with experiential learning and career investigation opportunities (internships, externships, seminars or workshops conducted by history faculty and alumnae) to career planning and graduate school and job applications.

For the Summit Learning Outcomes, I reference this reflection for these outcomes:

4. Communicate effectively through writing and speaking, especially across cultural or linguistic differences

6. Articulate and appraise problems and solutions from multiple perspectives, critically considering diverse sources of information

7. Recognize, analyze, and employ effective teamwork

10. Interpret quantitative information or demonstrate the methods of inquiry appropriate for investigating the natural world

11. Analyze human behavior or social relations