1. To develop and to improve fundamental powers of reasoning. This includes honing your ability to analyze and to synthesize information. The critical assessment of historical interpretations, as well as the students’ abilities to develop their own interpretations and arguments will be stressed.
2. To strengthen verbal capabilities, both oral and written. This will be accomplished through the writing of formal papers, essay examinations, and class discussions.
3. To become familiar with some basic concepts, events, and institutions that have evolved through the evolution of naval history. This will involve the learning of some “stuff.” To quote the Faber College motto, “Knowledge is good.”
4. To develop a sense of “historical difference.” This entails coming to appreciate the fact that the passage of time causes change and that this change is ongoing. We will discuss Mark Twain’s observation that “While history does not repeat itself, it may rhyme.”
5. To become aware of the debates -- or dialectics -- inherent to the evolution of the maritime history. These include questions relating to the problems intrinsic to naval operations. We are especially interested in identifying the issues that shaped American maritime history. In the process, we must recognize and discuss the correlation of maritime, political, military, economic, and social developments.
6. To identify and appreciate the role of maritime events in the American context.
7. To have fun while doing all of the above, as History studies the history of every imaginable kind of person doing every imaginable kind of thing.