Department Mission

The study of politics is an essential part of a liberal arts education and our lives as scholars.  The Department of Political Science fosters habits of reflection and analysis, and cultivates knowledgeable, thoughtful, and effective citizens.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  1. Understanding of political institutions and processes, both domestic and international.
  2. Understanding of normative and explanatory theories, both classic and contemporary, concerning the state, society, and justice.
  3. Familiarity with diverse geographic, ethnic, racial, gender-based, cultural, and temporal perspectives on political issues and public life.
  4. The ability to develop an argument, and to support it with scholarly and empirical evidence, in clear and engaging prose.
  5. The capacity to be knowledgeable, thoughtful, and effective citizens.