Program Objectives

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

 Content Knowledge. Assess different theories, concepts, methods, and analytical approaches employed by the disciplines of Political Science and Economics.

 Inquiry. Evaluate problems of empirical analysis and normative inquiry, and synthesize the two approaches in the analysis of the ideas, values, and assumptions underlying public policy issues.

 Applied Learning and Civic Engagement. Apply contextual knowledge and skills to the public policy process and ‘real- life’ political situations via the opportunity to observe and participate as an informed citizen in a variety of on and off- campus settings.

 Critical Thinking, Communication, and Integrated Learning. Produce effective interdisciplinary policy analysis via the ability to recognize arguments, test hypotheses and support one’s position via appropriate oral and written communications targeted for specific audiences.

MEANS OF ASSESSMENT

Politics and Economics majors are evaluated in a variety of ways. Students complete, with a grade of Cor
better, courses that reinforce the fundamental knowledge and skills of the theories, methodologies and analytical techniques required for life long success. Quizzes, exams, papers, group projects, public presentations, and practicum and internships are evaluated via employment of rubrics and other assessment tools to ensure students achieve the program’s learning outcomes. By satisfactorily completing the program’s Capstone course in which majors are required to undertake an original research project, students critically explore the tensions and connections between the two disciplines and how the public policy process requires an interdisciplinary approach to solve pressing societal problems.

Required and elective courses throughout the program further enhance students’ skills in research, writing, computer

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