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Graduate Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Political Science Ph.D. graduate students will demonstrate...

  1. A graduate-level understanding of processes, theories, and empirical regularities in the student’s minor area of emphasis (Political Cognition & Behavior or Political Institutions & Political Economy).

  2. A comprehensive graduate-level understanding of processes, theories, and empirical regularities in the student’s major area of emphasis (Political Cognition & Behavior or Political Institutions & Poitical Economy).

  3. Competency with contemporary social science methods used to conduct rigorous research on political phenomena.

  4. Effective scientific communication skills, especially the ability to convey complex concepts and information in a clear and concise manner.

  5. The ability to initiate and conduct independent research that makes an original contribution to Political Science knowledge of a quality that can be published in a peer reviewed outlet.

  6. Proficiency in the skills needed to participate in the intellectual and organizational aspects of the profession of Political Science.