Department Learning Goals: Politics

Students in the Politics major should:

  • Understand political systems at the local, national, and international levels, and how they relate to one another
  • Acquire the vocabulary with which to analyze historical and contemporary political thought and developments
  • Demonstrate the ability to investigate political questions and to write and speak cogently about their findings
  • Critically assess texts, speeches, and other forms of political communication, and the academic political science literature
  • Understand what it means to be a thoughtful and active citizen, engaging in debates about justice and power