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School of Government and Public Policy: Undergraduate Programs


The School of Government and Public Policy intends to foster critical, independent thinking about politics and public policy among our students. Students who graduate from this school will become more conscious of the many and complex ways in which political forces--both domestic and global--shape their lives, for better or worse.  They will understand the political processes that shape public policies and impact citizens as well as the political culture that allows citizens to change the ways in which those processes function. They will also understand the role that public officials play in the poltical process and how they may impact public policy.  Through their written work, lectures, reading and internships, students will graduate with a better understanding of their own American political system as well as of the political systems and institutions around the world.  The School of Government and Public Policy is deeply committed to exposing students to diverse approaches to studying politics and public policy.


Expected Learning Outcomes: 
  • Knowledge of the values and beliefs that constitute the Western political tradition, as well as familiarity with alternative ideologies and belief systems.
  • Knowledge of the institutions and processes of the American political system, including analysis of their origins and implications.
  • Knowledge of the full range of political systems that form the global community, employing comparative analysis to assess their advent and potential for breakdown.
  • Knowledge of the fundamentals of public management as a way of effectively implementing public policy within government and as a way of managing collaboratively through partnerships with nonprofit agencies and the business community as a way of achieving shared policy goals.
  • Knowledge of the relationships between government, civil society, and business as ways of working collaboratively in both domestic and international settings to address critical public policy issues like environmental protection, international security, and natural disasters.
  • Knowledge of the patterns of interaction among members of the world community, the causes of war and peace, and the sources of international conflict and cooperation.
  • Ability to evaluate conflicting arguments, to assemble and present empirical evidence (quantitative and qualitative), to draw reasoned conclusions from available evidence, and to communicate this information clearly.
Assessment Activities: 

Student Exit Survey
Survey administered for graduating seniors that includes questions on course work and student satisfaction with their experience within the School.

Advisor Summary
Advisors within the School work with students to ensure sufficient progress is made toward graduation.

Course Evaluation
Student course evaluations are used to measure the effectiveness of the classes delivered within the School.

Updated date: Thu, 12/09/2010 - 15:39