Our graduating majors should be able to

  • identify, summarize and criticize complex arguments and texts through lucid oral and written expression
  • demonstrate an appropriate level of knowledge and understanding of the major concepts and theories that inform all political science
  • differentiate empirical and normative arguments in a text and construct reasoned responses to both
  • show a basic ability to understand, apply, and criticize formal, quantitative and qualitative methods of research
  • display appropriately broad knowledge of political institutions and processes in the United States, other nations and the world
  • design and conduct independent research in political science (in a seminar setting, a Mentored Advanced Project (MAP) or an independent study)
  • articulate their understanding of their own relationship to the political world