Political Science & Public Administration

Mission & Student learning outcomes

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Political Science Mission Statement

The Political Science department provides the curriculum for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Bachelor of Public Administration degrees. The department serves a clientele that enrolls in its courses for several different reasons including:

  • Meeting general education requirements
  • Meeting major or minor requirements for other departments and majors
  • Meeting the cognitive needs of departmental majors
  • Assisting students in meeting the professional development needs of their present or future employment
  • Meeting the elective needs of students who are interested in politics, political issues, and/or public policy

Student Learning Outcomes

Political Science students at Washburn University, upon graduation, are expected to have acquired knowledge of four of the following five subfields:

  • the political institutions and processes of the governments of the United States;
  • international political issues, significant international organizations, and the world political economy;
  • the ideas, concepts, and principles associated with political philosophers deemed by the discipline as being most significant to the dub- field of Political Theory;
  • the field of comparative political institutions and political processes;
  • the field of public administration, its processes, and the general principles of and problems of complex public organizations.

 In addition, all majors in the discipline should be able to interpret the meaning and significance of political data.