The International Relations program expects its undergraduate majors to be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes. Please note that we have consulted with, and received endorsement from, Laura Massa in the Office of Assessment regarding both our student learning outcomes and assessment plan.

Students are expected to demonstrate:

1. Demonstrate a broad and deep understanding of international relations

  • Know the major analytical and theoretical frameworks regarding international relations employed in political science and related disciplines
  • Understand international institutions and forces that drive behavior in international relations

2. Possess the skills necessary to think critically and communicate effectively about international relations

  • Communicate ideas through written argument
  • Use evidence to critically analyze ideas or policies

3. Value active citizenship and a just society 

  • Appreciate the rights and responsibilities of global citizenship
  • Recognize issues of social justice in global contexts

4. Obtain proficiency in a second language