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What Our Seniors Say A Political Science Major Should Accomplish

Someone graduating from University of the Pacific with a B.A. in Political Science should . . . .
(Responses Provided by Students in the Political Science Capstone Seminar Spring 2006)

  • Different theories of politics and international politics and major contributors to the field
  • The major international policies that have affected and will continue to affect international relations
  • Political development—why some succeed and others do not
  • Structure  and function of US political institutions
  • Ditto international institutions
  • History of the world; the essentials of Duiker’s book
  • Different types of government systems
  • U.S. political history
  • How the US relates to other countries
  • Who Machiavelli is (was)
  • Various subfields of PS
  • Prominent PS methods
  • How to gain access to information
  • Why they want to study political science
  • Important political ideologies
  • How to apply theories
  • the increasingly globalized definition of politics
  • Politics is everything!
  • How to be effective global citizen leaders
  • How to be informed voters
  • Current issues
  • Enough to go to grad school

Be Able to

  • collect data and make inferences as to what it means
  • complete a thorough literature review
  • discuss famous political titles and authors
  • write letters, memos, news briefs
  • Use MS Office well
  • Research
  • Write short papers
  • Carry on a civilized conversation about current events and important past important events
  • Think critically
  • Share ideas
  • Analyze theories
  • Analyze policies
  • Read and understand material in the field
  • Understand the interconnectedness of people
  • Evaluate public policy at all levels
  • Critically evaluate the media
  • Represent well as a Pacific alumni and int’l citizen
  • Find a job
  • Use different perspectives, see various POVs
  • Understand that the grand narrative of politics is complex and complicated
  • Communicate knowledge orally


  • different opinions, open-mindedness
  • academic integrity
  • knowing that you have much more to learn than you know now; continued learning
  • political organizations to carry out policies
  • other cultures
  • history
  • laws
  • critical thinking/reasoning
  • the ability to think for one’s self
  • political participation
  • diversity
  • democracy
  • time
  • excellence
  • themselves as persons
  • knowledge of the world and its people
  • Seeing the big picture
  • Objectivity
  • Traditions of political discourse
  • Some universal ethics/morals regarding politics
  • Richness and ideals of American politics (despite some hypocrisy)
  • The right to take a stance
  • Change
  • Student-centered approach to learning
  • What Aristotle taught us
  • Our degree
  • Multitude of perspective and approaches
  • Preparation to enter the workforce
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