Political Science Minor

Learning Goals and Objectives

The Political Science Department requires its students to learn, think, and apply.

Goal 1: Learn Fundamental Knowledge:  Students will gain foundational knowledge in the major sub-fields of political science and understand the content, core concepts and theories within each sub-field.

Objective 1.1: Students will identify, define, or analyze the content, core concepts and theories within the sub-fields.

Goal 2: Think and Make Arguments: Students will think critically and develop arguments based on evidence.

Objective 2.1 Students will articulate verbally or in writing an argument which defines, analyzes, or synthesizes relevant theories and concepts.

Objective 2.2 Students will apply relevant theoretical concepts to assess real world issues.

Goal 3: Think and Apply their Skills to Analysis: Students will evaluate arguments based on empirical evidence and assertions rooted in the discipline.

Objective 3.1 Students will apply a variety of tools methods, and perspectives to investigate and interpret issues relevant to the discipline.

Goal 4: Apply their Skills to the “Real World”: Students will be prepared for entry into professional careers, graduate schools, and other avenues related to Political Science as a discipline.

Objective 4.1 Students will demonstrate career preparation through experiential learning opportunities that are closely related to Political Science or a related field through the development of interpersonal, analytical, and problem-solving skills.

Minors in Political Science will compete 6 courses that satisfy the following requirements:

POL 111Intro to American Politics3
or POL 117 Intro to Political Thought
Two (2) upper division POL courses (POL 270 through 300 level)
Any other three (3) POL courses 1