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Political Science (B.A.)

Learning Outcomes

 
 

Academic Learning Compact

Consistent with its mission and guiding principles, Florida Gulf Coast University is committed to academic excellence and continuous quality improvement, as supported by a sound teaching-learning process. Within this process, students and instructors share responsibility for learning that is a movement from the simple to the complex, the concrete to the abstract, and the dependent to the independent. The Academic Learning Compact (ALC) initiative supports the teaching-learning process by clearly identifying expected core student learning outcomes in the areas of content/discipline knowledge and skills, communication skills, and critical thinking skills; aligning curricula with expectations; and using assessment to guide continuous improvement.
Content/Discipline Knowledge and Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Find information sources (both primary and secondary) that facilitate high-quality political science research.
  2. Integrate and apply political science perspectives when conducting research and reporting research results.

Content/Discipline Knowledge and Skills are assessed through essays, exams, and other projects completed in 3000 - 4000 level political science courses (CPO, INR, PAD, POS, POT, and PUP prefixes) and in the required POS 4936 Senior Seminar in Political Science.

Communication Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  1. In both written and spoken communication, provide appropriate and compelling information that establishes knowledge and credibility.
  2. In both written and spoken communication, present arguments and evidence in an orderly, clear, and persuasive way.
  3. Demonstrate a command of syntax, grammar, writing mechanics, and formatting conventions appropriate to social science academic writing.

Communication Skills are assessed through essays, exams, and other projects completed in 3000 - 4000 level political science courses (CPO, INR, PAD, POS, POT, and PUP prefixes) and in the required POS 4936 Senior Seminar in Political Science.

Critical Thinking Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Develop imaginative and informed perspectives on political problems that reflect an understanding of the problems’ complexities.
  2. Analyze the assumptions and viewpoints of information sources, as well as demonstrate the ability to effectively question these.
  3. Develop conclusions that are both insightful and logically related to other stages of the analytic process.

Critical Thinking Skills are assessed through essays, exams, and other projects completed in 3000 - 4000 level political science courses (CPO, INR, PAD, POS, POT, and PUP prefixes) and in the required POS 4936 Senior Seminar in Political Science.