Department of Political Science

Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to identify the relevant structure, goals, and limitations of major American political institutions (legislative, executive, judicial, and federalism) and understand how relations between these institutions affect contemporary political issues. 
  2. Students will be able to describe and apply empirical political science models and theories when conducting primary and/or secondary research that uses evidence-based analysis.
  3. Students will use writing and oral presentation skills to professionally communicate original research findings and policy recommendations. 
  4. Students will be able to differentiate historical and contemporary political theories and apply theories to current political and government controversies.  Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of past and present human cultures and recognize global political issues facing the contemporary world.
  5. Students will be able to design and carry out an independent research project.