BA Political Science


This is the Educational Effectiveness Evaluation Plan for this program. See department website for additional information about this program

Learning Outcomes

  • Democratic Citizen: Be able to use theoretical perspectives to identify and explain domestic and global political problems and the linkages among them.
  • Critical Thinking: Demonstrate the habit of accessing sources of political knowledge and the skill to critically interpret, assess and apply evidence.
  • Research Skills: Employ research skills including the ability to understand theoretical issues, conceptualize a research question, formulate testable research hypotheses, apply relevant methods and techniques to gather and analyze data, draw logically coherent conclusions, and write carefully articulated research papers and demonstrate effective oral communication skills regarding the study of politics.
  • Theoretical and Practical Knowledge: Be able to differentiate political structures, institutions, and governing processes in the U.S. and other countries.

Course requirements for the degree

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Curricular Map

The curricular map shows how each required course contributes to the program's learning outcomes.

» Curricular Map (PDF)

Annual Learning Outcomes Assessment Report(s)

In a process called assessment, the faculty of each degree program measure student attainment of program learning outcomes goals on an annual basis. The assessment processes used by this program can be found in the link (PDF) below:

» Learning Outcomes Assessment Process (PDF)

Assessment Rubric

In assessing learning outcomes, program faculty often develop rubrics which establish criteria and expectations showing how outcomes are evaluated. The assessment processes used by this program can be found in the link (PDF) below:

» Learning Outcomes Assessment Rubric (PDF)

Program Review

Program review represents Chapman's commitment to excellence in academic programs through periodic review of educational effectiveness. Every 5 to 7 years, program faculty members prepare a self-study report, which is reviewed by external, expert reviewers, numerous Chapman faculty governance councils and committees, and the Office of the Provost. Program review provides an opportunity for each program to reflect on its educational effectiveness as well as its contribution to the university's mission and strategic plan. The results of program review guide institutional planning, budgeting and decision-making.