At the completion of this major students will:
- Have developed a mature political imagination which includes an ability to envision what constitutes an important political question/issue and to understand the various ways in which a political scientist might address such a question/issue.
- Have mastered essential facts relevant and necessary to the study of global political life. This involves a working knowledge of the key actors, structures, institutions and historical dynamics that constitute the contemporary political order. It also includes a broad familiarity with the historical roots of that order.
- Be able to think critically, analytically and rigorously about the world of politics.
- Have an informed sense of the historical dimension of the various political issues, developments, trends, theories and forms of inquiry relevant to the students’ interests.
- Have an enlightened understanding of the multicultural nature of global (but especially American) political life.
- Be able to convey information, analyze results and persuasively argue in both written and oral form clearly and effectively.
- Be able to conduct sound and rigorous social inquiry using a variety of methodologies and techniques.
- Be able to compete successfully for placement in graduate programs or employment relevant to the field of study.
Direct Measures of Student Learning:
- Capstone Course
- Senior Thesis
- Oral defense of Senior Thesis
- Internship supervisor evaluations
- Symposium Presentations
- Annual departmental review of graded assignments and exams and samples of student writing
- Performance on exams
Indirect Measures of Student Learning:
- Admission rates into graduate programs
- Alumni and employer satisfaction
- Questions on end-of-course student evaluation forms that ask about the course rather than the instructor