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Departmental Learning Outcomes

Political Science and Public Administration Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcome #1

Students will have a basic knowledge of major concepts in the discipline's main subfields.

Learning Outcome #2

Students will be able to apply basic research methods and data analysis to make empirically informed decisions.

Learning Outcome #3

Students will be able to critically assess and evaluate theories, concepts, and arguments.

Learning Outcome #4

Students will be able to relate theoretical knowledge to practical real world situations.

Philosophy Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcome #1

Thinking objectively about issues and arguments, not being unduly swayed by emotion and irrational personal preferences.

Learning Outcome #2

Thinking independently rather than primarily relying on others’ opinions.

Learning Outcome #3

Developing open-mindedness, including understanding opposing views and appreciating the need for this understanding.

Learning Outcome #4

Recognizing the myriad ways that philosophical principles apply to everyday experiences and life, such as how ethical theories apply to contemporary social issues.

Learning Outcome #5

Cultivating critical and analytical thinking: penetrate deeply and critically into issues, rather than merely settling for a superficial understanding. Synthesize and contrast various abstract ideas.

Learning Outcome #6

Accepting both personal and social responsibility.

Learning Outcome #7

Acquiring a broad perception of the world and the interconnectedness of its inhabitants, including a basic understanding of major historical philosophical figures and themes.

Learning Outcome #8

Communicating clearly and succinctly both orally and in writing.