Program Learning Objectives, Outcomes, and Assessment Measures
- Educate students about political processes, theories, and governments in the United States and other countries and about international relations between those countries.
- Prepare students for a variety of careers or graduate and professional degree programs in fields such as law, government, education, politics, policy, and business.
- Offer students the analytical and research skills needed to understand and explain politics, government, and international relations.
- Understanding of the institutions, processes, constitutional background, and policy outcomes of American government and the ability to compare American government to other countries around the world
- Knowledge of key theories and concepts, historical developments, organizations, and modern issues in international relations
- Understanding of government institutions, electoral processes, and policies in a variety of countries around the world and the ability to compare the effectiveness or impact of differing political arrangements across countries
- Knowledge of some of the philosophical underpinnings of modern politics and government and the legal principles by which political disputes are often settled
- Ability to use the comparative case study method of analysis, quantitative forms of analysis, and legal analysis in oral communication and in written research
- A study every two years of the career paths and current jobs of our Political Science alumni
- Development of an alumni survey about the political science program