Goal 1: Build a Foundation of Knowledge.
Students who earn a degree in political science will be able to learn and articulate the significant concepts in each of the discipline’s major fields: American governmental institutions, international relations, comparative politics, political theory, public administration, public policy, & political behavior.
Goal 2: Develop Sound Research Skills.
Students who earn a degree in political science will be able to apply qualitative & quantitative research methods in a real world context.
Goal 3: Enhance Critical and Analytical Thinking Skills.
Students who earn a degree in political science will be able to critically assess political information & data and suggest policy solutions to contemporary problems.
Goal 4: Professionalize Students in the Field of Political Science.
Students who earn a degree in political science will have the option to learn professional skills by taking part in a variety of experiential learning opportunities such as: service learning courses, internships, and independent research.
Goal 5: Improve the Pre-Law Program.
Students in USI’s pre-law program will have a structured experience that will help them improve their abilities to obtain admission to law school or to find bachelors-level positions in the legal field.
Goal 6: Improving the Recruitment and Retention of Political Science Majors and Minors.
The department faculty will continue its work to recruit new majors and minors to its programs while providing quality advising, intriguing courses, and relevant extracurricular experiences.