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Learning Outcomes


Specifically, students should be able to:

Conceptual and Analytical: Students should be able to engage contemporary political events and public policies using the key concepts and analytical approaches from Political Theory, U.S. Government and Politics, Comparative Politics, and International Relations.

Identify and use salient political science concepts and analytical methods to evaluate current public policies, political actors' behavior, political events, and institutional arrangements.

Evaluate the strengths and limitations of the most significant analytical approaches used in the principal subfields of political science.

Inquiry and Research: Students should be able to define, design, and implement significant research projects in political science.

Propose interesting and important topics for political science research.

Create and justify hypotheses using extant academic literature.

Design and execute a viable research project to investigate the research question and test the hypotheses.

Rigorously apply analytical methods to reach valid conclusions about the question and hypotheses.

Communication: Students should be able to make clear and effective presentations of their work in writing and in public presentations.

Write in a variety of forms in mechanically correct and stylistically effective manners.

Speak in public settings in clear and effective ways, including the use of presentation media.

Professional and Citizenship: Students should know, understand, and be able to meet the expectations of professionalism and citizenship.

Demonstrate professional behavior in terms of demeanor, personal presentation, ethics, etc., in experiential learning and classroom settings.

Demonstrate an ongoing interest in and engagement with politics.