Political Science Department Mission Statement

The Political Science department provides the curriculum for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Bachelor of Public Administration degrees. The department serves a clientele that enrolls in its courses for several different reasons including:

  • Meeting general education requirements
  • Meeting major or minor requirements for other departments and majors
  • Meeting the cognitive needs of departmental majors
  • Assisting students in meeting the professional development needs of their present or future employment
  • Meeting the elective needs of students who are interested in politics, political issues, and/or public policy

Public Administration Mission Statement

The Bachelor of Public Administration Degree and the Certificate of Non-Profit Management are offered through the Department of Political Science. The principal function of these programs is to serve a clientele that seeks a level of expertise and cognition sufficient to the professional development needs of their present or future employment in either the public and/or non-profit sectors of American society, and meeting the elective needs of students interested in the various aspects of public administration.

Student Learning Outcomes

Political Science

Political Science students at Washburn University, upon graduation, are expected to have acquired knowledge of four of the following five subfields:

  • the political institutions and processes of the governments of the United States;
  • international political issues, significant international organizations, and the world political economy;
  • the ideas, concepts, and principles associated with political philosophers deemed by the discipline as being most significant to the dub- field of Political Theory;
  • the field of comparative political institutions and political processes;
  • the field of public administration, its processes, and the general principles of and problems of complex public organizations.

 In addition, all majors in the discipline should be able to interpret the meaning and significance of political data.

Public Administration

Public Administration Students at Washburn University, upon graduation, are expected to have acquired basic knowledge in the following subfields:

  • the interaction between politics and policy which makes administration necessary and defines its tasks;
  • the theories, principles, and problems of complex organizations;
  • the theories and practice of management;
  • the theories and concepts of organization staffing;
  • the means and methods by which governments raise, appropriate, expend, and account for funds; and
  • the limits of bureaucratic power under a constitutional, democratic government.

GET IN TOUCH WITH Department of Political Science

Department of Political Science
Henderson Learning Resource Center, Room 215
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

Phone & Email
Phone: 785.670.1737

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