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Political Science

Learning Goals

Various Authorities, greater in power than this Department, have required that each degree-granting program publicly list what are called "learning goals". These are the skills and types of knowledge specific to a particular program that a student graduating with a degree in that program must demonstrate that she or he knows before receiving a degree in that program of study. Below, then, are the Learning Goals which must be met by students graduating with a degree in Political Science.

Graduating political science majors will be expected to:

  • Be thoroughly familiar with the structure and organization of the discipline of Political Science. Specifically, the student will understand the differences in subject matter between the four traditional subfields of American Politics, Comparative Politics (the study of other political systems), International Politics, and Political Thought and Philosophy.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic concepts and facts in each of the above four subfields. Besides the evaluative procedures and tasks in the courses themselves, students will demonstrate this knowledge in the end-of-major capstone course.
  • Acquire the analytical skills and tools useful to and associated with the discipline of Political Science.
  • Demonstrate a familiarity with scholarly resources available to CWU students (such as the library and internet resources) and demonstrate how to utilize these resources in carrying out a research project - a project which is also part of the capstone course.