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Student Learning Goals

Politics students

The departmental goal is to cultivate in students a critical ability to interpret political questions from a variety of perspectives. As measures of our success in meeting this goal, we expect students to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the interconnections of political institutions, movements, concepts, and events from multiple intersecting vantage points;
  • Identify important contested assumptions, ideas, and intellectual debates in politics scholarship;
  • Pose critical questions about power relations as they investigate key political questions in a globalizing world;
  • Conduct a focused academic inquiry that demonstrates a critical awareness of competing arguments in response to a key question, an ability to formulate a systematic path of analysis, and the capacity to generate creative findings based on original research.
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