Learning Outcomes

Political Science Learning Outcomes and Goals

Goal 1: Engagement in Politics. It is our goal that students are prepared for active citizenship and demonstrate an ongoing interest in national and global politics

  •  LO1: Political Efficacy and Active Citizenship: Students will demonstrate a sense of political agency and be able to identify the specific ways in which an individual can participate meaningfully in politics.

GOAL 2 – Critical Thinking and Writing Skills:  PS students will graduate with the ability to think critically about political concepts and systems.  It is our goal that Political Science students will demonstrate the ability to apply their knowledge of politics by using the major analytic and theoretical frameworks in several subfields of political science. 

  •  LO2: Analysis and Expression. Students will demonstrate the ability to construct and evaluate analytical arguments and write clear logical prose.
  •  LO3: Knowledge. Students will be able to identify the structure and operations of the U.S. and other political systems, and to define and apply concepts and theories in political science.

GOAL 3 - Substantive Knowledge:  Political Science students will demonstrate substantive knowledge of institutions, processes and values that shape politics within and among states, and the major theories, concepts, foundations, and methodologies used in the study of politics.

  •  LO3: Knowledge. Students will be able to identify the structure and operations of the U.S. and other political systems, and to define and apply concepts and theories in political science.