Learning objectives for the politics major

Upon graduation, regardless of their concentration within the politics major, a successful student who has majored in politics should be able to:

  • Evaluate and interpret a broad range of evidence, including qualitative and quantitative information in order to assess competing claims, both empirical and normative.
  • Uncover unstated philosophical, normative and conceptual assumptions behind presentations of information.
  • Develop and advance written and oral arguments through the systematic evaluation of ideas and evidence.
  • Engage ideas in dialogue generously and critically.
  • Present ideas and arguments individually or collaboratively using various oral, visual and written genres.
  • Design and complete original research