- To encourage a sensitivity to the past in order that its students might better understand the present and prepare intelligently to deal with the challenges of the future.
- To train and instruct its students in historical method, enabling them to seek out sources, evaluate evidence, and reach sound conclusions regarding specific historical events and questions. A most important part of this element is emphasis on doing the work of history with the greatest possible objectivity, resisting personal and social prejudice and ideological fashion.
- To enhance the ability of its students to read, retain, and write about complex historical materials; to master and to analyze that material by identifying and posing essential questions; to draw meaningful conclusions about that material and those questions.
- To develop in its students a basic grasp of both European and American civilization.
- To provide its students with opportunities to gain knowledge and understanding of non-Western civilizations.
- To provide its students with an understanding and appreciation of the Judeo-Christian heritage in keeping with the character and mission of the college as a Roman Catholic and Dominican institution.
- To develop in its students a knowledge and understanding of democratic tradition and practice and their relation to the responsibilities of citizenship and humane development of the nation and the world.