Undergraduate Programs

Student Learning Outcomes

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

The Political Science B.A. curriculum will train and equip students to:

  1. Know how to distinguish among theories of politics and analyze current political situations in theoretical terms.
  2. Know how to identify the various types of actors in international relations and relate these in describing current global issues.
  3. Know how to locate appropriate sources by searching electronic and traditional data bases.
  4. Understand basic structural components of state and national government (legislative, executive, and judicial) and explain their relationship to each other and to subnational units.
  5. Understand the roles of significant actors, including elites, masses and institutions in the governmental processes.
  6. Be able to formulate hypotheses, construct research designs, and apply appropriate analytical skills (both qualitative and quantitative) to the study of political science.
  7. Be able to use and cite appropriate sources correctly.
  8. Be able to write and speak with sufficient clarity to convey their attitudes, knowledge, and skills.