About Us

Department Mission

The Department of Political Science creates opportunities for individuals to develop and utilize their knowledge about political science. By combining rigorous intellectual inquiry with civic engagement opportunities, the department seeks to prepare graduates who can assume leadership roles in the advancement of a pluralistic society.

Department Objectives

  • Create well-educated citizens who can staff positions in American politics
  • Prepare all students for graduate school.   

Student Learning Goals

Identify major student learning goals/objectives for your academic programs

•Think critically about issues of equality and justice as they relate to the political process.

• Have an understanding of four areas of political study: political theory, American political institutions, public policy, and international/comparative politics.

• Have a working understanding of basic statistical research methodology.

• Have significant practice in developing reading and writing skills.

Professional Organizations/Standards that informed development of learning outcomes: American Political Science Association