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Political Science Department

College of Arts & Sciences

Program Goals and Learning Outcomes

Bachelor's Degree in Political Science

Specific objectives of the Political Science undergraduate curriculum have been identified as the following learning outcomes. We continuously and actively assess our program to ensure that these learning outcomes are being met for each of our graduates.  Student learning objectives/outcomes:

  1. Acquire a knowledge and understanding of the values, beliefs, and institutions that constitute governing processes.
  2. Acquire an understanding of the distinctions among the major subfields of the discipline including: American politic and law, international relations, comparative politics, and political theory.
  3. Develop a knowledge and understanding of citizens' roles within governing processes.
  4. Acquire a knowledge of the theories and analytic skills necessary to evaluate conflicting arguments, assemble and present appropriate evidence, and make reasoned conclusions from the evidence available.
  5. Communicate effectively, both orally and in written form.

Master of Public Administration

The mission of the Masters of Public Administration Program at the University of Wyoming is to prepare pre- and in-service students for a variety of public sector roles, including leadership, management, and administrative positions in government and non-profit organizations; to instill in our students public service values and professional ethics; and to promote a commitment to the improvement of government and social institutions in the ever-changing public landscape.  Student learning objectives/outcomes:

  1. Understand the discipline of public administration including contemporary public administration concepts and theories.
  2. Integrate theory and practice.
  3. Improve decision-making skills.
  4. Gain knowledge of legal processes, managerial ethics, civil service systems, budgeting processes, the relationship between the public and private sectors, and the functions and duties of multiple government agencies.
  5. Communicate effectively, both orally and in written form.

Master of Arts in Political Science

The M.A. in Political Science provides students with an understanding of the theories and methods utilized in political science.  Beyond the undergraduate experience, MA students focus their coursework sharing a common theme such as a subfield of the discipline, a world region, policy in a particular issue area or a phase of political development.  Student learning objectives/outcomes:

  1. Acquire a specialized knowledge and understanding of politics, government and/or public policy through a coherent program of study.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to design and conduct independent analyses appropriate to research questions within the field of Political Science.
  3. Acquire a knowledge of the theories and methodologies necessary to evaluate conflicting arguments, assemble and present appropriate evidence and make reasoned conclusions from the evidence available.
  4. Communicate effectively, both orally and in written form as appropriate to the discipline of Political Science.

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