The Bachelor of Arts in political science program is designed for students who plan to enter graduate or law school, or who choose to pursue careers in government services at the federal, state and local levels, international affairs and teaching. The department focuses on the systematic study of political institutions and processes. Courses include an overview of political science as a discipline. The field includes instructions in comparative government and politics, American government, state and local government, political parties and interests groups, political science research, transnational concerns and politics, politics of third world countries and political theory.
In addition to the Major Requirements, the political science program offers its majors an opportunity to engage in meaningful field experience in Washington, D.C.; Tallahassee, Florida; and other cities.
PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (PSLOs)
Program Outcome 1: Command of Content
- Students will demonstrate familiarity with common themes, including: the institutions of government and politics at the local, state, national and international level; the roles of actors, elites, masses and institutions in the governmental process; compare and contrast alternative economic and political systems; study the history and significance of imperialism and globalization; the importance and dynamics that revolve around the protection of human rights, protecting the environment, and other transnational concerns; identify historical themes and events affecting current events.
- Students will understand the research processes of Political Science
Program Outcome 2: Critical Learning Skills
- Students will demonstrate learning skills, including analytical and conceptual skills, reading skills and writing skills
- Students will demonstrate effective communication skills
- Students will exercise leadership and collaborative skill
Program Outcome 3: Integrated Sense of Identity and Civic Responsibility
- Students will demonstrate a sense of identity within social and political contexts.
- Students will demonstrate reflection on global ideas based on self-worth and social and economic justice
- Students will demonstrate an understanding of the role of civic engagement in democratic societies and exhibit a strong sense of civic, social, and environmental responsibility.