Assessment of Student Learning



Political Science Discipline


UNIT MISSION/GOAL(S)

The mission of the political science discipline is to help students develop and use strong analytical skills and critical thinking in their analysis of theories, institutions, and processes in political science. The program prepares students for work in government, non-profit organizations, and private business, and it prepares students for additional training in graduate and professional programs.

Unit Mission/goal(s) and the Institutional Mission Relation

The Political Science Discipline at UMM is a rigorous program that offers students a solid background in a Key liberal arts major. The program instills in students a lifelong love of learning about government and encourages participation in that process. The Political Science program also encourages the students to participate in their community by many means, including seeking internships in and around the community.


STUDENT LEARNING OBJECTIVES, EXPECTED OUTCOMES, ASSESSMENT METHODS & TOOLS, TIMELINE

Learning Objective 1
To be able to critically analyze, interpret and synthesize the major theories that are prevalent in a major subfield of political science.
Expected Outcome 1
To be able , in writing, to explain and critique major competing theories in a subfield of political science.
Method(s), Measure(s), and Instrument(s) for Expected Outcome 1
Comprehensive exam in major or construction of a portfolio that includes a professional paper, annotated bibliography of books read, etc.
Timeline for the Outcome 1
Starting Date for the Implementation: In Progress
Anticipated Date for the First Results: In Progress

Learning Objective 2
To become more empowered to participate in government due to increased familiarity with politics and government.
Expected Outcome 2
To believe that one is competent to participate in government, whether by voting, discussing policy with others, or even working in government or on a campaign.
Method(s), Measure(s), and Instrument(s) for Expected Outcome 2
Student attitude survey that measures confidence to participate in political discussion and participate in political activity.
Timeline for the Outcome 2
Starting Date for the Implementation: In Progress
Anticipated Date for the First Results: In Progress

Learning Objective 3
To be adequately prepared for entrance into graduate or professional school.
Expected Outcome 3
To demonstrate skills that are necessary for success in graduate and professional school.
Method(s), Measure(s), and Instrument(s) for Expected Outcome 3
Graduate/professional school admission test.
Timeline for the Outcome 3
Starting Date for the Implementation: In Progress
Anticipated Date for the First Results: In Progress