Learning Outcomes - 2021-2022

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Politics and International Affairs

Political Science, Doctor of Philosophy

Learning Outcomes:

Purpose Statement

The Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science degree provides students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to understand and participate in the political systems of the United States and the world.  This degree provides a broad perspective on experiences, international and domestic, from both theory and practice.
This degree builds a strong foundation in the expert knowledge of the political world.  The emphasis area of American Politics and Public Administration analyzes political science through the American context.  It focuses upon institutional characteristics, behavioral aspects, bureaucracy and management.  The emphasis area of Comparative Politics and International Relations compares countries and regions and examines the international system and its processes.  The emphasis area of Public Policy focuses upon policies created and implemented in political systems and uses analytical method to evaluate current public policies, political actors’ behavior, political events, and institutional arrangements within a diverse world.
Building upon this fundamental knowledge, our curriculum ensures that students will define, design, and carry out original scholarly research projects in political science.  In addition, they will be able to make clear and effective oral and written demonstrations of their work in public presentations, including scholarly presentations to academics at professional political science conferences.  Students will also leave this program ready to teach at a university level and to engage in professional research.
Our goal is to train students to be active, engaged, and informed participants in the global system who can not only understand the world around them but also shape and influence it.  

Student Learning Outcomes
Core Outcomes 

1.  Conceptual and Analytical:  Students should have an expert knowledge of the political world, including contemporary political thought, and public policies, and be able to use key concepts and analytical approaches from political science.2.  Inquiry and Research:  Students will engage in original research and write a scholarly dissertation.3.  Communication:  Students should be able to make clear and effective demonstrations of their work in writing and in public presentations.4.  Professional and Citizenship:  Students should know, understand, and be able to meet the expectations of professionalism and citizenship.

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