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Student Learning Objectives

The following are the Department's approved Student Learning Objectives for its Graduate Program:

  1. The students will demonstrate sufficient general knowledge in the area to teach a basic course
  2. The students will demonstrate a thorough grasp of the literature and experts in their subfield
  3. The students will demonstrate a thorough grasp of the major theories in their subfield
  4. The students will demonstrate an ability to think critically in methodological terms
  5. The students will demonstrate an ability to think critically with respect to theory
  6. The students will demonstrate a firm understanding of research design and methods
  7. The students will demonstrate the capacity to conduct an original research design
  8. The students will demonstrate analytical writing that is clear and appropriate to the audience
  9. The students will demonstrate the ability to communicate orally in the field
  10. The students will demonstrate the ability to answer questions effectively

Assessment Plan for the M.A. degree in Political Science

Assessment Plan for the Ph.D. degree in Political Science

Research Paper Rubric

Field Paper Matrix

Comprehensive Exam Rubric

Dissertation Rubric