Political Science

Outcome Statements for Political Science Majors


1        Definition of terms
2        Mission of the University of Rhode Island
3        Mission of the Department of Political Science
4        Objectives of the program

(1) Definition of terms

1. Objectives: A description of what students are expected to know and be able to do by their graduation;

2. Performance Criteria: Specific, measurable outcome, confirmable through evidence;

3. Assessment: The identification, collection, and preparation of data that can be used to evaluate achievement.

4. Evaluation: The process of reviewing the results of data collection and analysis, and making a determination of the value of findings and action to be taken.

(2) Mission of the University of Rhode Island

The University of Rhode Island is the principal public research and graduate institution in the State of Rhode Island with responsibilities for expanding knowledge, for transmitting it, and for fostering its application. Its status as a land grant, sea grant, and urban grant institution highlights its traditions of natural resource, marine, and urban related research. The University is committed to providing strong undergraduate programs to promote students’ ethical development and capabilities as critical and independent thinkers. To meet student and societal needs, it offers undergraduate professional education programs in a wide range of disciplines. Graduate programs provide rigorous advanced study and research opportunities for personal and professional development. With undergraduate and graduate programs in the liberal arts and sciences and focus programs in the areas of marine and environmental
studies; health; children, families, and communities; and enterprise and advanced technology, the University strives to meet the rapidly changing needs of the State, the country, and the world.

To help achieve the teaching, research, and service objectives referred to above and to extend intellectual, cultural, and social horizons, the University offers a variety of special programs, including opportunities for learning outside the classroom and for community service. Committed to effective learning, the University encourages close student-faculty interaction. Distinctive programs such as interdisciplinary research partnerships involving faculty, students, and practitioners from within and outside the University are supported.
It collaborates with governmental and other agencies, with other educational institutions, and with industry. It maintains extensive outreach and continuing education programs. The University sponsors an extensive array of concerts, performances, and exhibitions in music, theater, and other fine arts, and maintains significant recreational facilities and notable programs in intramural and intercollegiate athletics.

The University seeks talented undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff from a wide array of cultural, economic, and ethnic backgrounds who collaborate in an intellectual and social community of mutual respect to learn, to be enriched, and to produce significant research and scholarly and creative works. Its students in all their diversity from Rhode Island, across the country, and around the globe are expected to be active participants both in and beyond the classroom. Their performance, potential, and commitment mark them as capable of advanced study and as future leaders.

To fulfill its special obligations to the State of Rhode Island, the University cooperates in offering programs with other Rhode Island institutions of higher education, public and private. It is committed, through cooperative governance, to an on-going evaluation of programs, priorities, and processes in order to improve existing programs and to anticipate changing needs and new challenges. Aspiring to have a quality and extent of influence beyond the state, with breadth of vision and boldness of approach, the University of Rhode Island strives for excellence for Rhode Island and for the country.

(3) Mission of the Political Science Department at URI

The interlocking aims of the political science department are to provide high quality, forward-looking instruction in political science for all students; to encourage and develop the analytical skills and abilities of those undergraduates with a special intellectual and professional interest in politics; to encourage thoughtful evaluations of the nature and responsibilities of citizenship; to train, at the graduate level, a group of accomplished researchers who are prepared to enter the job market or go on to doctoral study; to advance the field of political science in our focused research areas; and to serve as a principal resource in politics for the University community and the state.

(4) Objectives of the Political Science program

By graduation undergraduate students of the political science program at URI will have:

  1. Developed depth and breadth of political knowledge essential to the political science degree/program;
  2. Learned, or strengthened their knowledge of, the fundamental concepts of American and international politics;
  3. Learned to apply basic political science concepts to current events;
  4. Communicated on political subjects in written, oral, and electronic form;
  5. Applied various political theories and techniques to solving applied problems;
  6. Written an analytical or research paper on a political topic;
  7. Taken a core course in American Politics, World Politics, and Political Theory
  8. Have examined and compared the essential characteristics of various political systems to the U.S. political system;
  9. Explored advanced theories of politics and been encouraged to appreciate their importance.

 May 10, 2007

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