Program Learning Outcomes
“Expected student learning outcomes specify the knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes students are expected to attain in courses or in a program.” Page 69. Resource Manual for the Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), 2018.
1. Demonstrate effective verbal communication skills.
2. Demonstrate effective written communication skills.
3. Use appropriate methodological tools to conduct political science research.
4. Analyze primary and secondary works of political thought.
5. Demonstrate knowledge of Christian perspectives on politics and government.
6. Analyze the role of Christianity in the development of Western political institutions.
7. Demonstrate knowledge of the main elements of the Anglo-American legal and political tradition.
8. Demonstrate knowledge of America’s founding ideas.
9. Explain the political and legal characteristics of the American system of government.
10, Explain the nature and function of major international political institutions.
11. Compare liberal democracy to alernate forms of government.
12. Compare the governmental institutions found in modern nations.
School of Arts and Sciences Additional Natural Science Requirements - 5 Credit Hours
Students in the School of Arts and Sciences must take five additional hours of natural science: 1 lab to accompany the course taken for general education [BIO 1043 , BIO 1023 , ESC 1043 , OCY 1043 , FOR 1003 , PHY 1033 , PHY 1063 , or PHY 2113 and one additional natural science course and accompanying lab. The two natural sciences must be in different areas (both cannot be in biological sciences). In sum, students are required to take a minimum of 8 hours of natural science courses: two natural science courses (in two different areas) along with the labs associated with each.
Modern Language Requirement - 3-6 Credit Hours
Politics majors are required to successfully complete (with a final grade of C- or higher):
- one intermediate modern language course (3 Credit Hours), OR
- two elementary modern language courses (6 Credit Hours), OR
- one elementary and one intermediate modern language course (6 Credit Hours).
Politics majors who choose another major or minor with its own language requirements may elect to use the language requirement of that major or minor as a substitute for their Politics modern language requirement.
Note: No CLEP, AP, IB, or transient study credits may be used to fulfill this requirement. These credits must be fulfilled at PBA.