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The study of politics at Roger Williams University covers the institutions and processes by which human affairs are governed, both nationally and internationally. The Political Science program offers students a comprehensive and balanced selection of courses, exposing them to the traditional subfields of the discipline: American national politics, international relations, comparative politics, political theory, public administration and public policy.

Courses are intended to provide a basis for intelligent citizenship, increase capacity for community service and orient students toward a lifelong interest in learning. Internships – both local and in Washington D.C., independent study and study abroad are encouraged. The study of politics at RWU develops skills that are useful for law school and legal careers, business careers, non-profit work, various international and public policy careers, as well as for careers in politics.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students should have a basic knowledge of the political institutions and processes of the government of the United States. Method of assessment: pre-test/post-test.
  2. Students should have a basic knowledge of political theory, political systems around the globe, or politics in the international arena. Method of assessment: pre-test/post-test.
  3. Students should have in depth knowledge of at least one of the following five subfields of the discipline: American Government and Public Administration, Comparative Politics, International Politics, Public and Constitutional Law and Political Theory. Method of assessment: content analysis of senior seminar paper.
  4. Students should be able to demonstrate critical thinking skills or formulate and defend a thesis in a written or oral format. Method of assessment: analysis of argument of senior seminar paper.
  5. Students should be able to utilize the proper methodologies necessary for writing a paper in the field of political science. Method of assessment: methodological assessment of senior seminar paper.