MA International Studies


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

Learning Outcomes

  • GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE: 1a) Distinguish key theoretical and policy paradigms of global political economy. 1b) Analyze in depth sociopolitical processes of development for a chosen region of the world.1c) Evaluate core theoretical concepts and patterns of global cultural diversity.
  • RESEARCH: 2a) Distinguish key methodological paradigms of international studies. 2b) Construct a theoretically grounded research proposal on a global topic. 2c) Collect empirical and secondary data on chosen global topic. 2d) Critically analyze empirical and secondary research data. 2e) Produce a thesis that clearly communicates conclusions in writing. 2f) Effectively orally present findings at the International Studies conference.
  • CRITICAL THINKING: 3a) Appraise competing theoretical and policy models of globalization. 3b) Apply social science theory to a chosen global issue. 3c) Analyze the underlying causes of the problem/issue employing an interdisciplinary lens. 3d) Devise recommendations on how diverse global actors may address this issue.
  • GLOBAL PRACTICE: 4a) Identify institutional models of key multilateral and governmental actors in global affairs. 4b) Evaluate the role of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in fields of development aid and human rights. 4c) Practice professional skills and develop multicultural competency working for an international organization. 4d) Demonstrate ability to communicate effectively in a second (non-English) language.

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.

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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:

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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:

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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.