Political Science Learning Objectives

Develop an understanding of the fundamental principles and theories of politics to include foundations of political community, the structure and process of government, citizenship and forms of political participation, and the public policy process.

Gain an understanding and appreciation of current political issues and concerns and their impact upon the contemporary political environment.

Understand the decisions human beings make in political settings, including those regarding the forms of government available and understand the philosophical underpinnings of political systems, major ideologies, and political parties.

Foster an understanding of political methodology and analysis and the ability to construct basic political theories used to explain political and governmental behavior.

Develop the ability to research, analyze, and evaluate political data and information and the ability to use information databases.

Develop the ability to communicate effectively and clearly in written and oral form.

Understand the requirements of effective and virtuous citizenship.