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BA-Political Science

Overview: 
The Bachelors of Arts in Political Science
 
The study of politics is the study of people and societies struggling with great and enduring issues – war and peace, order and freedom, and justice and equality. Understanding how and why those issues are resolved, or fail to be resolved, is at the heart of what we study. We believe that there is nothing more fundamentally important to social life than understanding how we as individuals and as a society address these issues through the political process. Through their examination of theories and practices of governments and politics, students develop humanistic and scientific perspectives to think critically about public policies and their consequences and to make sense of the many complex ways in which domestic and global political forces shape their lives. They develop the analytical abilities to evaluate individual, group, and mass behavior in political settings.
 
Students may choose from a wide variety of concentrations within the political science major. These concentrations are taught by qualified and experienced faculty who are experts in their fields.
  • American Politics
  • Ideas and Methods
  • Comparative Politics
  • International Relations
  • Foreign Affairs
  • Law and Public Policy
  • General
 
Expected Learning Outcomes: 
Upon graduation, the Political Science majors are expected to: 
 
• Demonstrate a basic understanding of the American political system and/or political systems and governmental institutions around the world
• Demonstrate research and writing skills relevant to the field of political science
• Understand the political processes and institutions that form public policies and impact citizens, as well as the political culture that allows individuals and groups to affect how those processes function
• Illustrate foundational concepts, theories, and methodologies used in the study of (their chosen field within) political science
• Demonstrate critical thinking about political issues through an assessment of the motivating argument and evidence and develop proficiency with communicating their arguments in oral and/or written format. 
 
Assessment Activities: 

 

Map of Political Science Undergraduate Degree Courses to Student Learning Outcomes

Courses in the Major

Assessment Activities

Student Learning Outcomes

LO 1

LO 2

LO 3

LO 4

LO 5

POL 150c3

Quiz (Pre + Post)

1

 

1

 

1

POL 201, 202, 203, 204

Quiz (Pre + Post)

1

 

1

 

 

POL 309, 323

Writing Assignment

2

2

 

2

2

POL 419, 443, 446

Writing Assignment

 

3

3

 

3

POL  301H, 325, 347, 447, 409, 462, 465

Oral Presentation

 

 

 

3

3

POL 414, 428, 437, 469, 483, 498H

Writing Assignment

3

3

 

3

3

POL 325, 409, 415, 447, 448

Writing Assignment

 

3

 

3

3

 

*The numerals 1, 2, and 3 within the table indicate the level at which the outcomes are addressed in each course: 1 indicates a lower-level, 2 indicates a moderate-level, and 3 indicates a higher level to which that particular Learning Outcome is addressed

Updated date: Tue, 08/15/2017 - 11:40