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Goals and Student Outcomes: Politics

Department Goals and Objectives

Goals are broad statements that describe what the program wants to accomplish

  1. Students develop a broad understanding of political processes, institutions, actors, behavior, and ideas.
  2. Students will learn to identify assumptions and critically evaluate arguments made in both academic and popular political contexts.
  3. Students combine and apply acquired disciplinary knowledge with that of other disciplines.
  4. Students acquire essential skills for research, writing, analysis, and effective oral communication.
  5. Students may develop outside of the classroom alternative perspectives on political affairs by engaging in internships, study abroad, and community engagement experiences.

Student Learning Outcomes

Outcomes describe specific knowledge, abilities, values, and attitudes students should demonstrate

  • SLO1: Students competently demonstrate working knowledge of a range of analytical approaches, concepts, theories and methodologies relevant to Political Science and its five major sub-fields.
  • SLO2: Students are able to identify assumptions and critically evaluate arguments made in both academic and popular political contexts.
  • SLO3: Students can demonstrate ability to link politics, history, economics, and culture.
  • SLO4: Students can effectively communicate in oral and written form.
  • SLO5: Students will participate in civic engagement activities.