Political Science Learning Outcomes
Students completing the Bachelor’s of Arts or Science in Political Science generally specialize in either American politics or a global approach.
In general, successful Political Science majors will:
- Understand and be able to interrelate the leading theories, literature, and approaches in the subfields of American Government, political theory and
- methods, international relations, and comparative politics.
- Have a competence in the basic methodology of research and analysis in political science and be able to analyze and formulate effective argumentation about the political world in writing and oral presentation, making use of that competence.
- Critically assess the actions of actors in the political process and determine their motives.
- Understand the decisions human beings make in political settings, including those regarding the forms of government available and understand the philosophical underpinnings of political systems, major ideologies, and political parties.
Students successfully completing a specialization in the study of American politics will:
- Understand the foundations of American government, including the structure of and relationships between the branches of government.
- Be able to identify the differences between major political parties in the United States and how the electoral process functions.
- Know how laws are made, policies are developed, programs implemented, and what influences and constraints are placed upon the process.
Students successfully completing a specialization in the study of world politics will:
- Be able to describe and explain political theory, political systems around the world, and politics in the international arena,
- Understand the fundamental concepts, issues, and theories central to comparative politics and international relations, and
- Be able to explain the similarities and differences between various types of polities and how they affect their behavior.
Note: Learning goals are subject to regular review and revision.