Political science students at Ouachita Baptist University will be:
liberally-educated, with broad exposure to political theory and practice, normative debates, and empirical evidence;
capable of critical and analytical thinking as well as effective oral and written communication skills;
prepared for graduate or professional studies in political science, public administration, international affairs, or law; and
equipped for productive careers in the public sector, law, business, education, or community service as well as responsible citizenship.
Political Science Department Student Learning Outcomes
Students should have a basic knowledge of political institutions and processes of government.
Students should have a basic knowledge of the methods, approaches, or theories used in accumulating and interpreting information applicable to the discipline of political science.
Students should be able to demonstrate critical thinking skills or formulate and defend a thesis in a written format.
Students should be able to demonstrate the basic research skills necessary to write a paper in the discipline of political science.
Students should have a basic knowledge of the content of four subfields within political science: Methods, World Politics, Comparative Politics, and Political Theory. (Political Science majors are required to take at least one course in each of these subfields.)
Students will exhibit an aptitude for successful entry into graduate or professional schools.