Undergraduate Programs

Student Learning Outcomes

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (B.A.)

Students completing the Political Science B.A. program will achieve the following:

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