Bachelor of Arts - Political Science and International Relations: Program Goals
- Key Learning Goals
- Understand the basic concepts and theoretical approaches in the discipline.
- Possess a thorough knowledge of the content, issues, concerns and debates within the sub-fields of the discipline.
- Use their mastery of concepts and content to relate the historical to the present nature of politics and governance.
- Apply theories and research methods to understand new and complex phenomena.
- Relate theoretical approaches with practice through internships.
- Additional Learning Goals
- Develop writing skills, including the ability to develop an internally coherent and structured argument as part of their research papers.
- Possess oral communication skills that allow them to engage in discussion and a verbal exchange of ideas and concepts.
- Computer literacy, including the use of electronic resources pertaining to research.
- Possess critical thinking skills that allow them to retain, manage and synthesize complex information and ideas.
- Possess a sense of the responsibilities of citizenship and a sense of personal political efficacy/engagement.
General Education / Liberal Education Requirements (College Goals)
- Students must demonstrate proficiency in written communication.
- Students must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language through the intermediate level.
- Students must become informed global citizens and gain intercultural awareness through a study abroad experience.
- Students must become acquainted with different ages, societies, and cultures and learn how to use a variety of historical sources.
- Students must be able to reason abstractly and appreciate the elegance of abstract structure.
- Students must understand the methods of scientific discovery and experimental design.
- Students must acquire problem-solving and research capability by identifying, locating, evaluating, and effectively using information.
- Students must be able to analyze and understand the creative process, assimilate experience, and communicate it.
- Students must be able to interpret words, images, objects, and/or actions that are expressions of human culture.
- Students must understand the complex nature of social structures and/or human relationships that involve issues of inequality and difference.
- Students must explore ecological, policy, social, cultural, and/or historical dimensions of human relationship to the environment.
Link to Curriculum Map (Courses mapped to Program Goals)