Learning Outcomes

The Political Science Department has clearly stated program-level outcomes.

Undergraduate Program

A. To demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the methods and findings of the discipline.

B. To demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the key statistical tools used in political science.

C. To demonstrate critical thinking and writing skills in the study of political science.

D. To demonstrate an understanding of the workplace experience.

Graduate Program

A.  To demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the scientific study of politics.

B.  To demonstrate a sound understanding of the ethical issues facing public officials.

C.  To demonstrate the use of analytical and research skills in the study of political science.

D.  To demonstrate refined writing skills appropriate to the discipline.

E.  To demonstrate clear and coherent oral communication skills appropriate to the discipline.

Learning Outcomes for the B.A. in Economics

1. Economics majors will understand the institutions and operation of the U.S. economy.

2. Economics majors will be able to use graphical models, logical argument, mathematics, and written communication to explain basic market outcomes and to analyze real-world policy alternatives.

3. Economics majors will be able to apply advanced microeconomic and macroeconomic theories to explain the behavior of individuals, businesses, and industries in market-based systems and the challenges of developing economies.

4. Economics majors will be able to explain the role of government in the economy, including taxing, spending, regulating and producing.

5. Students will be familiar with competing economic paradigms and the historical development of the discipline.

6. Economics majors will be offered courses that use matrix algebra, differential calculus, maximization, and minimization techniques, and integral calculus to examine economic issues.

These courses are mandatory for students preparing for graduate school in economics.

Students who are qualified will be encouraged to complete a senior paper or honors thesis, conducting a significant research project that will contain a hypothesis, literature review, collection of evidence, and statistical testing and analysis.