UT Tyler Department of Political Science
The Political Science department at the University of Texas at Tyler provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the problems and processes of politics. In addition to acquiring critical writing, communication, and analytical skills, political science majors master the political institutions of both Texas and the United States, explore the intricacies of international relations and foreign policy, compare political systems, gain experience with the law, and are challenged by the basic philosophical questions of political existence.
As a result of their experience in the program in Political Science at UT-Tyler, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of American governmental institutions, law and policy: Students will demonstrate an understanding of the constitutional, institutional, political and legal processes and structures of the United States.
- Describe and analyze political theories and ideologies: Students will describe, classify, and analyze the major theories and ideologies that are used to frame political discussions and explain the basic institutions of government and politics, including what they do in times of economic, political, and social change.
- Describe and analyze global politics: Students will describe, classify, and analyze the major theories, methods, and findings that are used to explain and to assess the roles performed by citizens and by governments in global politics and around the world.
- Describe and compare governments: Students will demonstrate basic knowledge of a variety of approaches used to study governments, politics, and cultures of other countries.
- Apply critical thinking and research methodology: Students will deploy critical thinking and their methodological and writing skills to design and to conduct research on problems in government, law, politics, and/or policy, and to deal with real-world goals, events and developments at the local, regional, state, national, and international levels.