Learning Outcomes - B.S. in Political Science and Public Administration

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Explain the constitutional, legal, institutional, and political foundations of American government.
  2. Explain the historical development and contemporary context of public administration in the United States.
  3. Define ethical leadership and evaluate its importance in contemporary government and public administration.
  4. Explain the principal dimensions of major global issues and their relevance to choices made at the national, state, and local levels.
  5. Identify key debates over political principles that have endured over time and describe how these debates manifested in several contemporary political controversies.
  6. Explain how public policy is formulated and implemented.
  7. Describe how public sector organizations function with their political, social, and economic context.
  8. Demonstrate how the methods of political science, public administration, or social entrepreneurship can be used to solve problems and create positive social change.

Additional Learning Outcomes for the Global Issues and Social Justice Concentration

  1. Describe current social, political, and economic issues and trends around the world.
  2. Discuss ways to promote social justice in communities around the world.

Additional Learning Outcomes for the Law and Legal Studies Concentration

  1. Analyze legal debates surrounding key social issues.
  2. Explain key legal concepts and cases.

Additional Learning Outcomes for the Managing in the Public Environment Concentration

  1. Develop solutions to challenges faced by managers in the public and nonprofit sectors.
  2. Describe the skills and leadership characteristics that are necessary in effectively managing public programs, processes, and personnel.

Additional Learning Outcomes for the Public Service Through Civic Engagement Concentration

  1. Develop a plan of action for mobilizing individuals and groups to effect positive changes in their communities.
  2. Articulate the skills necessary for an effective social change agent and explain their role in leading communities toward positive social change.

Additional Learning Outcomes for the Social Entrepreneurship Concentration


  1. Identify entrepreneurial opportunities that can positively impact local, national, and global communities.
  2. Explain the key concepts and methods of social entrepreneurship.

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