2016-2017 Catalog

Political Science Learning Goals


GOAL AREA A: Substantive Knowledge

Objective 1. Students will acquire substantial knowledge of current political and

governmental structures and processes in the United States;

Objective 2. Students will acquire an understanding of current political and

governmental structures and processes outside the United States;

Objective 3. Students will acquire an understanding of influential thinkers and ideas

that have shaped democratic values.


GOAL AREA B: Critical Skills: Analytical Skills

Objective 4. Students will be able understand the difference between descriptive and

normative theory as it applies to politics and government

Objective 5. Students will be able to recognize and assess evidence that supports or

contradicts ideas.


GOAL AREA C: Critical Skills: Information Acquisition

Objective 6. Students will demonstrate a proficiency in the use technological

resources such as the Internet, on-line data, and library based search engines.


GOAL AREA D: Critical Skills: Written Presentation of Ideas

Objective 7. Students will develop skills to write papers with a clear thesis,

organization and no distracting grammatical errors.


GOAL AREA E: Student Opportunities

Objective 8. Students will have the opportunity to apply what they have learned in

class through active participation in politics and government through internships or

other experiential settings.


GOAL AREA F: Faculty-Student Advising

Objective 9. Students will choose a coherent set of courses within the major under the

guidance of an advisor

Objective 10. Students will receive active guidance in selection of post-baccalaureate

opportunities including graduate schools, law schools, a range of governmental

services and other employment