POLITICAL SCIENCE

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration is to serve the State of Florida through excellent educational opportunities involving outstanding teaching, quality research, and effective civic engagement. The department focuses its resources to provide both undergraduate and graduate students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities for understanding, participating in, and managing the institutions, processes, and behaviors characteristic of national and international politics and public affairs. With excellent instruction as the highest priority, the department also supports extensive interaction with external constituencies through local, regional, state, and national professional service, and applied and theoretical research. The department is dedicated to maintaining program effectiveness for both students and community partners through continuous self-assessment.

Student Learning Outcomes

UNF Political Science graduates will be able to:
  Communication Skills
  • Possess the verbal and writing skills needed to communicate clearly and effectively, make persuasive, professional presentations and convey information essential to the discipline in an orderly and understandable manner.
      Content Discipline Knowledge/Skills
  • Understand the various forms of structure in government and relate specific governmental forms to political and policy outcomes.
  • Understand the sources and uses of power and its relationship to political events, outcomes and processes.
  • Understand the principles of the rule of law and its effects on political relationships, actors, institutions and policy.
  • Understand the role of public policy, the policy-making process, the political and environmental factors which affect its development and its effects on political events, actors, and institutions.
  • Understand the various types of political ideology and the relationship of specific ideologies to political processes and policy development.
  • Understand the general types of political behaviors and the factors that cause them and relate those behaviors to specific political actions and outcomes.
      Critical Thinking Skills
  • Be able to effectively apply critical thinking and problem solving skills to political issues.
  • Understand and be able to use normative and empirical analysis tools in the study of political science.

    Assessment Approaches

    Numerous direct and indirect measures of student learning will be employed to assess mastery of the expected student learning outcomes. Course embedded assessments using a defined scoring rubric (criterion-based rating scale) will be one of the principle assessment approaches to be used in selected upper level classes and in the required Senior Seminar. An ad hoc faculty committee made up of political science faculty will evaluate student achievement in accordance with approved scoring rubrics. Other direct program learning measures may include capstone projects, performance on achievement tests, and/or intern supervisor ratings of students' performance. Indirect measures may include employer or alumni surveys, student perception surveys, and graduate school placement rates.

    Career Opportunities

    For information on the many career options available to Political Science and Public Administration Majors, go to What Can You Do with an Political Science and Public Administration Major at: http://www.unf.edu/dept/cdc/majors/politicalscience.html

    For More Information

    To learn more about the UNF Department of Political Science and Public Administration and majoring in Political Science and Public Administration, go to: http://www.unf.edu/coas/polsci-pubadmin/