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    Political Science

    The major in political science provides an understanding of how government and politics operate in the U.S. and elsewhere. Students will develop the critical analytic and research skills to study government and politics and be able to articulate information and ideas about government and politics.

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    Before Graduating Students Must

    • Complete 30 credits of political science coursework with minimum grades of C, including a minimum of 18 credits at the 3000/4000 levels.
    • Complete an introductory statistics course.
    • Complete two 3000/4000-level political science courses with a writing component, graded by department rubric.
    • Complete requirements for the baccalaureate degree, as determined by faculty.

    Students in the Major will Learn to

    Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

    1. Identify, describe and define basic factual information and analytical concepts concerning political systems.
    2. Analyze political issues and phenomena using political science concepts, theories and methods through internships and research projects.
    3. Use argument and evidence effectively to communicate original analysis of political phenomena.
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    Curriculum Map

    I = Introduced; R = Reinforced; A = Assessed

    Courses Content Critical Thinking Communication

    SLO 1 SLO 2 SLO 3
    CPO 2001 I I I
    INR 2001 I I I
    INR 3603 R R R
    PAD 3003 R R R
    PAD 4940 R, A R, A R, A
    POS 2041 I I I
    POS 3204 R R R
    POS 4734 R, A R, A R, A
    POS 4905 R, A R, A R, A
    POS 4931 R, A R, A R, A
    POS 4940 R, A R, A R, A
    POS 4970 R, A R, A R, A
    POT 2002 I I I
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    Assessment Types

    • Research project
    • Internship report
    • Thesis
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alc: political-science