Students who graduate with a major housed in the Department of Politics will:
- Develop an understanding of the exercise of power, particularly through:
- Formal and informal institutions that structure social and political life.
- The history of ideas including enduring questions of liberty, identity, justice, and the common good.
- Interaction among political actors and the causes of conflict and cooperation.
- Become familiar with the main subfields of political science, including American politics, international relations, comparative politics, and political theory.
- Develop analytical skills necessary to make reasoned arguments supported by appropriate evidence, including:
- Identify, comprehend, and evaluate primary and secondary sources in the discipline.
- Assess the quality of evidence and the implications drawn from it.
- Understand and critically engage competing perspectives.
- Develop research skills, including:
- Recognize and develop good research questions grounded in the scholarly literature.
- Collect and analyze data using appropriate methods
- Present findings in oral and written formats.
- Consider how theories and knowledge apply to the practice of politics and citizenship, including the ethical implications of political action for individuals and communities.