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Skidmore College
Political Science Department

Student Learning Goals

Having completed the Political Science major, students will be able to:

  • Think analytically and critically about political issues
  • Develop competence in the four subfields of political science
  • Read sophisticated texts carefully and understand them deeply
  • Assess political situations and problems clearly and correctly from both empirical and normative perspectives
  • Develop sufficient familiarity with the theories, concepts, and methodologies of political science to be able to read and understand mainstream scholarship in the field
  • Conduct research in both primary and secondary sources
  • Craft cogent, persuasive arguments in lucid, grammatical prose as per the Writing Requirements in the Department of Political Science