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Political Science and Public Administration

The Political Science program is an American Government focused program and prepares students for government service through internship opportunities and coursework.  For those students who wish to pursue post-graduate study in Law School or in Political Science, faculty will assist them in preparing for LSAT exams and making application to the appropriate graduate program.

The Public Administration program is currently a minor program of study, but plans are underway to develop a full major in the field.  Public Administration is a growing field in which students are prepared for work in virtually all levels of government service - from municipal government to federal agency level work.  Internships are available for students in the program, and for those who wish to pursue graduate program options, faculty will assist them in making the appropriate plans and applications.

Contact:

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Northwestern-Alva
(580) 327-
email@nwosu.edu

Scholarships

The Department of Social Sciences offers several scholarships to students who are majoring in the one of the programs within the department. Those students who have excelled academically are encouraged to complete the Social Sciences Scholarship Application by February 15 of each year. The form must be submitted before March 15 to be eligible for an Academic Scholarship.

Students also must complete the Continuing Student Scholarship Application.

For more information, please visit Scholarships.

The list of available scholarships includes:

  • Sabin C. & Pearl Ellen Percefull Scholarship for one of the Social Sciences
  • Donovan & Dorothy Reichenberger Scholarship for one of the Social Sciences
  • Dr. John C. Sheffield Scholarship for one of the Social Sciences
  • Jay Linder Scholarship for Pre-Law students
  • Glen Jenlink Scholarship for Law Enforcement majors and minors
  • G. W. Nichols Scholarship for Law Enforcement
  • Shafer Family Scholarship for Law Enforcement
  • R. B. Yadon Scholarship for Law Enforcement
  • Floyd S. Sibley Scholarshipfor Sociology
  • Ronald Reagan Scholarshipfor Political Science
  • Frank Wadley Scholarship for Political Science
  • John Slack Scholarship for Political Science
  • Cunningham Family Endowed Lectureship in Criminal Justice

Additionally, the Northwestern Foundation awards numerous other scholarships for transfer students, campus participation and miscellaneous unspecified scholarships. The Foundation is located in the Student Center Building on the Alva campus. Foundation personnel may be contacted by calling 580-327-8593 or via email to nwalumni@nwosu.edu.

Careers for Degree

Political Science Careers Include:

Policy Analyst, Researcher, Professor, Legal Advocate, Legal Analyst, Political Party Wonk, Government Agency Staffer, Congressional Staffer, Legislative Staffer, Program Administrator, Demographic Analyst, Program Analyst, Attorney (law degree required), Voter Registrar... and many more.

Public Administration Careers Include:

Government Agency Staffer, Congressional Staffer, Legislative Staffer, City Manager, Community Planner, Grants Officer, Government Contracts Administrator, Regional Economic Development Planner, Demographer, Statistician, Policy Analyst, Researcher, Program Developer and Administrator... and many more.

Student Learning Outcomes

Political Science/Public Administration Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) along with Curriculum Maps for each program.

Political Science/Public Administration graduates should be able to do the following:

SLO #1 Content Area Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Recognize and apply concepts a nd principles in the discipline of political science and public administration.
  • Identify key elements in understanding political science and government.
  • Develop expertise in politics, government, and law.

SLO #2 Critical Thinking Skills

  • Critically analyze and evaluate the history of political thought.
  • Evaluate and critically assess historical and political science research.
  • Recognize and interpret the relationship between various branches of government and levels of government.
  • Produce plausible explanations about the cause and effect of political change on citizenship and government.
  • Evaluate the influence of public policy on American social and economic life.

SLO #3 Communication Skills

  • Create written papers based on relevant legal and political research.
  • Discuss the context of political issues in the United States and Global Realm.
  • Demonstrate competency in using APA documentation style.
  • Effectively communicate in written and verbal form.

SLO #4 Ethics and Leadership Abilities

  • Exercise academic and professional integrity in all forms.
  • Analyze and evaluate ethical issues which confront political scientists’ and public administrators’ practice.
  • Demonstrate professional leadership in group contexts.
     

Curriculum Map Legend: I=Introduced; R=Reinforced; M=Mastered; A=Assessed

Curriculum Map for Political Science and Public Administration

Assessment Plan for Criminal Justice

SLOS METHODOLOGIES MEASURE OF SUCCESS
SLO #1 - Student will demonstrate content area knowledge, skills, and abilities POL 4623 Term Paper 75% of students will score at or above 75% of total possible points (100).
  POL 4623 Final Exam 75% of students will score at or above 75% of total possible points (100).
SLO #2 - Student will demonstrate critical thinking skills. SOC 4723 Proposal 75% of students will score at or above 75% of total possible points (200).
  POL 4623 Final Exam 75% of students will score at or above 75% of total possible points (100).
SLO #3 - Student will demonstrate quality communication skills in both written and verbal form. SOC 4723 Proposal Presentation 75% of students will score at or above 75% of total possible points (25).
  POL 4623 Paper Presentation 75% of students will score at or above 75% of total possible points (100).
SLO #4 - Student will demonstrate ethical decision-making and professional leadership POL 4623 Final Exam 75% of students will score at or above 75% of total possible points (100).
  SOC 4723 Proposal 75% of students will score at or above 75% of total possible points.

 

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