MA Learning Outcomes and Assessment Plan

Master of Arts Program Mission Statement

The Master of Arts program provides graduate students with an advanced understanding of the main subfields in the discipline of political science, ensuring mastery of established theories and findings, and the ability to analyze current challenges and controversies. Graduates will be trained to engage in theoretically-based and methodologically-sound academic research, to be thoughtful contributors to political debates and policy discussions, and to transmit their knowledge to others via teaching, writing, and scholarship.  

Assessment Plan (PDF Format) 

Learning Outcomes for the Political Science Master of Arts Program

  1. Students will develop in-depth understanding of one or more subfields in political science.
    1.1 Ability to assess the contributions of major figures in the field
    1.2 Understanding of the development of the field over time
    1.3 Ability to identify ongoing areas of development and disputation within the field
  1. Students will be able to analyze complex political questions utilizing discipline-based theories.
    2.1 Ability to integrate theoretical and substantive materials
    2.2 Ability to reformulate and adapt theories as part of a substantive investigation
  1. Students will develop the skills – including information literacy and oral and written communication – needed to conduct research on politics, and communicate results.
    3.1 Effectiveness in presenting research in written form that conforms to the standards of professional academic writing
    3.2 Effectiveness in presenting research by means of oral presentations, in both the classroom and other academic settings, that meet professional standards
    3.3 Demonstrate an understanding of how to access and contribute to a variety of information resources
    3.4 Ability to evaluate the appropriateness of quantitative or qualitative methods in addressing diverse research problems
  1. Students will be able to situate and analyze political activity in local, national, and global contexts.
    4.1 Demonstrate awareness of distinct causal factors operating at different levels of politics
    4.2 Explain local outcomes in terms of their connection to larger forces operating nationally and globally
  1. Students will be able to apply the theories and findings of advanced political science research to contemporary issues and debates.
    5.1 Ability to develop policy proposals or institutional reforms utilizing current scholarship


Curriculum Grid

Course #

Outcome 1

Outcome 2

Outcome 3

Outcome 4

Outcome 5

Outcome 6

5040

X

X

X

X

X

X

5050 X X X X X X

5090

X

X

 

 

 

X

5100

X

X

 

 

 

X

5260

X

X

X

X

X

X

5270

X

X

X

X

X

X

5310 X X X X X X

5440

X

X

 

 

 

 

5500 X X X X X X
5960 X X X X X X
5980 X X X X X X
5990 X X X X X X
4000 X X X X X X
4030 X X X X X X
4040 X X X X X X
4060 X X X X X X
4080 X X X X   X
4090 X X X X X X
4140 X X X X X X
4180 X X X X X X
4250 X X X X X X
4260 X X X X X X
4270 X X X X X X
4290 X X X X X X

4310

X

X

X

X

X

X

4330

X

X

 

 

 

X

4350

X

X

 

 

 

X

4370

X

X

 

 

 

X

4410 X X X X X X
4460 X X X X X X
4500 X X X X X X
4510 X X X X X X
4520 X X X X X X
4530 X X X X X X
4540 X X X X X X
4580 X X X X X X
4590 X X X X X X

PHIL 4100

X

X

 

 

 

X

PHIL 4130

X

X

 

 

 

X

PHIL 5440

X

X

 

 

 

X