Liberal Arts and Sciences: Political Science Option
The Liberal Arts and Sciences curriculum prepares a student to be an accomplished and productive human being. A liberal arts degree opens doors to the professions and to rewarding and responsible careers. Future physicians, teachers, scientists, lawyers and businessmen, for example, develop themselves as well-rounded individuals, in addition to completing their pre-professional work. The academic experiences in liberal arts and sciences provide the foundation for later specialization, graduate study and professional school. The Political Science Option offers a greater degree of specialization.
Upon successful completion of the Liberal Arts and Sciences program requirements, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate a broad knowledge base from the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.
- Evaluate and analyze a range of artistic, historical, literary and philosophical works.
- Examine the formation of individual and group behavior, and social institutions and processes.
- Develop an ability and a cultural context for communication in a language other than English.
- Communicate effectively through written and oral forms.
- Demonstrate informed critical thinking.
- Engage in quantitative reasoning and scientific inquiry.
- Demonstrate an awareness of diverse cultures.
Upon successful completion of the Political Science Option requirements, students will be able to:
- Apply political science concepts to understand the status, from historical and contemporary perspectives, of political events at local, national and/or international levels.
- Write clearly on issues of international and domestic politics and public policy issues, using traditional and electronic resources for research and present results.
- Analyze political/policy issues and formulate policy options and participate as civically engaged members of society.
- Succeed at answering multiple choice, short answer and essay questions and participate in class discussion and group projects in describing national and/or international politics, institutions, structures and/or processes.