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Political Science, B.A.

Graduates earning a bachelor's degree in political science from Hood College:

  1. Understand the nature of political processes and institutions, both in the United States and internationally through:
    • Analyzing the development of the U.S. political system and debate the impact on current issues;
    • Comparing and contrasting different voting systems, political parties, and structures of government; and
    • Describing the evolution and role of political theory in politics.
  2. Foster a sense of political efficacy by offer experiential learning experiences in and out of the classroom through:
    • Interpreting the key components of electoral, legislative and non-profit organizations;
    • Evaluate the impact of public policy on society; and
    • Identify and define different types of civic engagement and political participation.
  3. Foster an appreciation for the historical obstacles faced by marginalized groups in accessing the political process in the U.S. and internationally through:
    • Identifying social and political hierarchies, and
    • Identifying strategies to combat political inequality.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of and exhibit specific skills in the design and conduct of political research through:
    • Differentiating between opinion and empirical research;
    • Delivering clear, concise and persuasive oral presentations;
    • Utilizing and interpreting qualitative and quantitative data with appropriate documentation; and
    • Designing and executing a political research project.