Document Type

Program Change

Alternate Date

2007 - 2008


KEENE STATE COLLEGE 2007-2008 ACADEMIC PROGRAM PROPOSAL FORM DATE: 10/25/07 SPONSORING PROGRAM AND CHAIR: Economics/Political Science – Patrick Dolenc ( 8-2645) PROPOSAL SPONSOR: Michael Welsh, ( 8-2634) Wesley Martin ( 8-2735) Charles Weed ( 8-2627) TITLE SUMMARY: New Major: Bachelor of Arts in Political Science PROPOSED ACTION: Underline proposed changes . Program addition Change in requirements* Program redesign Program deletion Other: EXISTING (OLD) DATA: Insert the program information as it exists in the current KSC Catalog. You may copy the information electronically from the KSC Web page: N/A PROPOSED (NEW) PROGRAM: Specify degree, major, option, specialization or minor as appropriate. Provide the proposed program in its entirety and as it would appear in the KSC Catalog. If this change affects other programs, please note all the places (page numbers in the current catalog) where this change must be made. Degree: Bachelor of Arts Major: Political Science Catalog Description: The Political Science major provides students with an understanding of politics and government as practiced in the United States and throughout the world; a knowledge of 2 global political relationships; opportunities to develop skills that are useful both in the course of participating first-hand in politics and in the rigorous analysis and communication of complex information; familiarity with methods used in the study of political science; and preparation for professional careers in law, government, international affairs, and the teaching of politics and the social sciences. Students pursuing a major in political science should receive a grade C or higher in each course that counts toward the major. Integrative Studies Requirements (minimum) 44 credits Major Requirements (minimum) 36 credits Students in the major must take: 210—US Politics; 220—Global Politics; 230—Foundations of Political Thought; 301—Writing & Research; and 401—Keystone in Political Science. In addition students must take another 16 credits in the discipline at the 200-level or higher, at least 8 of which must be at the 300 level or higher. Electives Select courses to reach a total of 120 credits for the degree. Degree Requirements 120 credits PROGRAM OBJECTIVES AND /OR LEARNING OUTCOMES: Program and faculty objectives, as well as anticipated learning outcomes are listed in the SAPC format major proposal, particularly in Section IV (pp. 13 – 17), reprinted below: Program and Faculty Objectives Politics may be described briefly as the use and abuse of power in a community to obtain individual and social objectives. Political science looks at politics analytically. When students study political science, they develop skills of two kinds: competence as citizens, and proficiency in discipline-specific research, analysis, and communication. The objectives of the political science faculty are to develop citizenship skills among the students who take courses in political science because they have an interest in democratic citizenship and in furthering their general education. Likewise, the political science faculty 3 is committed to the development of disciplinary skills among the students in the pursuit of a minor, a related major, or a reinstated major. The program changes that we propose to implement will allow us to clarify and improve the teaching of citizenship skills and disciplinary skills at Keene State College. The following passages detail the citizenship and disciplinary objectives, measurable by the accompanying skills, that we would like our students to develop and demonstrate as they proceed through the program. Citizenship and Disciplinary Objectives in Introductory Political Science (100- and 200-Level) In the overview of political science (101) and in the nine courses that introduce key subjects or fields in the discipline (210, 211, 215, 218, 220, 223, 228, 230, and 238), students should receive instruction in the methods of attending to, participating in, and reasoning about the politics that affect them as individuals and as members of communities and states. We identify three sets of skills that well-educated citizens should develop: 1. Effective Awareness. Competence in monitoring political phenomena should be demonstrated by: —the ability to identify the kinds of political activity that characterize local, state, national, and international politics; —the ability to identify the sources of information that can be used to track important political behavior; and —evidence that the student has personally monitored political events. 2. Effective Participation. Competence in political participation should be demonstrated by: —the ability to identify the varieties of participatory behavior that are available to individuals and to members of any given political community; —the ability to characterize the likely consequences of each kind of political participation; and —evidence that the student has personally engaged in political action. 3. Effective Reasoning. Competence in political reasoning should be demonstrated by: —the ability to engage in political argument that weighs alternative positions on the objectives and methods of political action; —the development of conclusions that are logically consistent with a specific set of objectives and methods; and —evidence that the student can evaluate and integrate personal political values and available public choices. Disciplinary Objectives in Intermediate Political Research and Analysis (300-Level) In the nine 300-level courses that offer intermediate considerations of subjects or fields in the discipline (310, 312, 315, 316, 321, 322, 323, 324, and 334) students should gain practice in the skills identified above and receive instruction in political research that contributes to the following objectives. 4 1. Effective Political Research. Student competence in research on political phenomena should be demonstrated by: —representativeness in the use of print and electronic resources on politics, such that students both consult and build on classic and current political analysis of the problem under consideration, following guidelines that will be provided by the individual course instructor; and —depth in the exploration of power relations that are fundamental to the problem under consideration, following guidelines that will be provided by the individual course instructor. 2. Effective Political Analysis. Student competence in the evaluation of political behavior, data, and text should be demonstrated by: —focus, in that it defines a political problem explicitly and stays on topic; —thoroughness, in that it explores a range of political issues and politically relevant data that accurately represent the scope of the problem at hand; —fairness, in that it explicitly considers and critiques at least two of the significant competing perspectives that bear on the problem at hand; and —conclusiveness, in that it offers a judgment that builds on data and perspectives treated in the course of the analysis. Objectives for the Advanced Political Science Minor (400-Level) In the course on advanced writing and research (301) and in the three 400-level courses that offer advanced and comprehensive considerations of the discipline (401, 496, and 498) students should demonstrate that they can integrate and apply the entire range of foregoing skills. The focus of this demonstration is to provide an opportunity for students to show how awareness, participation, reasoning, research, and analysis draw upon skills that can be applied synergistically to a political problem of particular interest to the student. Finally, for students who pursue the political science minor, the social science major, and other programs that offer the option of work in the discipline, the new 4-credit program will offer a well-articulated suite of courses that will permit them to develop some expertise in three broad areas of interest: US Politics and Public Policy; Global and Comparative Politics; and Political Thought and Analysis. This kind of subfield division in the discipline is consistent with the range of courses that are offered within larger political science programs and will prove useful to students considering graduate study. Knowledge and Skills Students Will be Expected to Demonstrate In addition to the citizenship and disciplinary skills listed above, the following content areas are standards in the discipline and likely areas to which students will be able to demonstrate exposure and competence after work in the Political Science major. • U.S. Politics —courts and judicial behavior —elections and voting behavior —executives —interest groups —intergovernmental relations —legislatures 5 —parties —political and constitutional history —public law —public opinion —state, local, and metropolitan government —urban politics • Public Administration —bureaucracy and comparative administration —organization theory and behavior —public finance and budgeting —systems analysis • Public Policy —environmental policy —social welfare policy —trade policy • Global Politics —governmental and non-governmental organization —transnational relations, internationalization, and globalization —alliances, ententes, and blocs —competition and cooperation —hegemony and imperialism - diplomacy and political economy - security agendas - sustainability agendas -- foreign policy - • Comparative Politics —analyses of particular systems or subsystems —cultural modification and diffusion —decision-making processes —elites and their oppositions —mass participation and communications —parties, mass movements, secondary associations —political development and modernization —political leadership and recruitment —politics of planning —political socialization —revolution and civil conflict —social and economic stratification —values, ideologies, belief systems, political culture • Political Thought —classic and modern philosophy —methodological and analytical systems —political ideas and ideologies in history Skills in General Education or Integrative Studies 6 Lastly, a political science major reinforce skills that are essential to the development of a well-educated person—quite independently of the major or content area that a person is studying. Accordingly, work in the Political Science major will contribute to all eight broad categories of skill that the Integrative Studies Program has identified as potential emphases of courses that participate in the program:1 • reading; 2 • writing; • information literacy; ethical reasoning; • critical thinking; • creative thinking; • critical dialogue; • technological fluency; and • quantitative reasoning. Above all, the Political Science major will stress critical thinking and writing. 2 All courses that participate in the Integrative Studies Program (ISP) must emphasize at least one of the eight “skills outcomes” that have been classified by the Integrative Studies Program Committee. Since every section of ISPOSC-101, and since eight of the nine 200-level courses that Political Science offers have been approved for the ISP, political science faculty have generally specified critical thinking and writing as the general skill priorities of our teaching. A complete enumeration of ISP skills outcomes is available at the program’s website: 7 RATIONALE: Rationale for the change, as well as discussion of student demand and appropriateness to the College’s mission and values are located in the SAPC proposal, Section I (pp. 2 – 4) Section III (pp. 6 – 10), Section IV (pp. 11 – 13). Each is reprinted below: Section 1 (pp. 2-4): Program Design The Department of Economics and Political Science at Keene State proposes to offer a 36-credit major in political science that builds on the existing 20-credit minor and previous experience in providing a major to the college community. The department had offered both a major and a minor until 1996, when the retirement of a professor prompted the suspension of the major. However, since the restoration of a third full-time tenure-track line in 2007, we now have the faculty resources that are necessary to provide a broad range of major and minor course offerings and educational experiences. The major would become available to students Fall Semester, 2008. All 25 of the courses that we would offer in the major are approved by the College Senate, under the 4-credit curriculum that took effect Fall Semester, 2007. All courses are taught on either a 1- or a 2-year rotation. Section IV shows how course offerings cluster in six of the core fields that are normally taught in colleges and universities that offer a major in the discipline: US Politics, Public Administration, Public Policy, Global Politics, Comparative Politics, and Political Thought & Analysis. Sections IV and V detail the ways that prospective majors would establish a broad foundation in the discipline, by working successfully in courses that emphasize American, international, and philosophical concerns. Ultimately, however, students should select at least: • five courses in Political Science at the 200-level or higher (20 credits) that must include: 210―US Politics; 220―Global Politics; 230―Foundations of Political Thought; • three courses in Political Science at the 300-level or higher (12 credits) that must include: 301―Writing & Research; and • one seminar in Political Science (4 credits) that synthesizes and extends a student’s previous work: 401―Keystone in Political Science. Primary Objectives of the Program The program would develop both the skill and the perspective of its students. They should learn that “citizenship” entails particular kinds of expertise and responsibility; and they should learn that “political science” can supply knowledge and analytical methods that are necessary when people who live in any kind of community make decisions that are binding on each other. • In section IV, we present our conception of citizenship and disciplinary skills that students should develop, including: effective awareness and competence in monitoring political phenomena; effective participation in politics; effective reasoning about political concerns; effective research on political phenomena; and effective analysis of political behavior, data, and text. • In section IV, we also present an inventory of the political science content areas that students at a liberal arts college should be able to study. These areas include: US politics, public 8 administration, public policy, global politics, comparative politics, and political thought. Throughout their work in these content areas, students should be developing their capacities to engage in critical thinking and writing. Supporting Data and Student Demand Data obtained from national and KSC sources show that political science is increasingly in demand as a pre-professional major for careers in law, business, education, and public administration, and as a non-professional major for students who wish to use a broad understanding of politics as their anchor-point while they pursue a liberal education. Section III elaborates on these observations, by showing that: • political science is an integral part of the educational training of pre-service social science teachers (with 15% of the PRAXIS II exam focusing on matters of political science, civics, and government); • the American Political Science Association has published survey data from 2002 in which the modal number of students who major in the discipline is between 21 and 50, at departments comparable in organization and size to ours; • four members of COPLAC comparable to KSC report that they award between 12 and 49 degrees in the discipline each year; • at KSC since the late 1990s, the Political Science minor has grown to four-times its size when the major was discontinued in 1996; and • at KSC currently, of the 41 minor programs listed in the current college fact book, only five enrolled more students—and four of those five minors may be promoted by the presence of full-fledged majors in the corresponding disciplines; • at KSC political scientists carry some of the highest student loads. Available Resources The three full-time tenure-track faculty members who currently teach in the program will provide the instructional core for the major. As there are no additional instructional, administrative, support, computer, facility, library, or laboratory costs associated with this major, there will be no change in funding sources. Existing funding for teaching and support of political science comes from the college’s budget for academic programs and is overseen by the Provost and the Dean of Sciences and Social Sciences Evaluation The department has designed a four-year plan for program evaluation that focuses on the development and interpretation of data that will be used to track and judge the effectiveness of teaching and learning in the political science program. As detailed in Section VII, the department has distinguished among three key elements in the political science program: • disciplinary content knowledge (to be evaluated in 2009–10); • disciplinary skills (to be evaluated in 2008–09); and • Integrative Studies Program knowledge and skills (to be evaluated in 2007–08). 9 Fall Semester, 2007, we started to design our assessment instruments for courses that we contribute to the Integrative Studies Program. Spring Semester, 2008, we will administer our first instruments in those courses. We are committed to the regular review of our performance and—as necessary—to the redesign of our pedagogy and curriculum for the simple reason that we became teachers to make the maximum difference in the lives of our students. Long-Term Implications Keene State College will offer a deeper and more varied educational experience if we are able to provide students with the skills, knowledge, and perspective that they should be expected to derive from the rigorous study of political science. That experience is not confined to the courses that students may take as they pursue a major, since the very presence of an active major on campus expends the range of experiences that students encounter and consider. There is genuine synergy among course-offerings, campus events, faculty service, and individual student engagement with politics. Section III (pp.6-10): Student Demand3 In the absence of a scientific survey that would provide direct evidence on the subject, it is both necessary and reasonable to infer demand for a Political Science major by several indirect methods. Student Commentary about Political Science as a Prospective Major Unprompted, students often tell faculty in the Political Science program that they would have preferred to major in the discipline, and that they have been obliged to select another major as a substitute. The students who offer these comments are often working toward a career in public affairs, law, or teaching. Often such students decide to concentrate in Political Science as part of their Social Science Major—a choice that is not tracked in the Factbook. Additionally, faculty who have participated in Q&A sessions with prospective students are regularly told that the lack of a Political Science major is a negative factor when students weigh their application options, because other schools that they are considering do offer the major. Minors in Political Science The Factbook does track the number of students who select Political Science or International Studies as minors. The number of students choosing these minors is now 22, more than twice as many as in 2002, and more than four times the number that was typical in the late 1990s. In fact, the number of students choosing a minor in Political Science is now higher than at any time since Factbook records have been kept, including the early 1990s when enrollments were high and a major was last in place. Of the 41 minor programs listed in the current fact book at Keene State, only five (Communication, Management, Psychology, Sociology, and Writing) enrolled more students; and four of those five minors may be promoted by the presence of full-fledged majors in the corresponding disciplines. Enrollments in Political Science at the College Another indirect measure of student demand comes from overall student enrollments in Political Science classes. In Fall 2006, a total of 411 students were enrolled in the combined upper and 3 Unless otherwise noted, data were obtained from the KSC Factbook, 2000 – 2006 Editions. 10 lower level classes offered by the Political Science program.4 That number was up from the 372 enrolled in Fall 2003; and it was way up from the 186 students enrolled in 1998 when the program went down to two tenure-track professors. Until then the major had been steadily and gradually growing. Its demise was an unfortunate result of unintended consequences of curriculum change.5 We agree with the Senate Academic Oversight Committee in 1997 that pointed out that “the demise of the political science major is inconsistent with Keene State’s status as a liberal arts college.” Student demand seems to bear this out. Political scientists at Keene State carry some of the heaviest student loads on campus. In Spring 2006, the total class enrollment for the three full-time Political Science faculty at Keene exceeded the student count for top three teachers in every other discipline except Psychology.6 National Trends in Political Science Enrollments The experience at Keene State reflects an increase in the demand for Political Science classes and majors nationwide. Since records began in the 1950s, the number of students graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science or Government has grown from approximately 5,500 to over 35,000.7 In the past half-century there have been periods of increased and decreased popularity, including growth in demand for the social sciences generally during the Viet Nam War. That period was followed by a slackening national demand then another peak during the early 1990s, when we were at war in the Persian Gulf.8 Since 2001, Political Science enrollment and degrees seem to be on an upswing nationally, with women now accounting for more than half of that enrollment for the first time.9 Given the likely connection between enrollments in the discipline and involvement of the United States in international conflicts, major training in the discipline will prove useful to generations of students—both nationwide and at Keene State. National data can be used to project the demand for a major at Keene State. • The American Political Science Association (APSA) surveys departments in the discipline annually. In 2002, in institutions comparable to Keene State (public, undergraduate, with administratively combined departments) the modal or most selected answer for number of majors was between 21 and 50. In stand-alone departments that number went up to between 51 and 100.10 • The APSA finding corresponds to data from COPLAC institutions of comparable size to Keene State, including: Georgia College and State University (which awarded between 17 and 36 first or second degrees in political science between 2003 and 2006); Truman State (which awarded between 25 and 43); Ramapo College of New Jersey (which awarded between 12 and 27); and SUNY Geneseo (which awarded between 28 and 49).11 4 In Fall 2007, the number of students enrolled in the combined upper and lower level classes was 300, as of August 16. Since the college just switched from 3-credit to 4-credit classes, and since students take one less class per semester while faculty teach one less class per semester, it appears that current enrollments in Political Science are proportionate with those of Fall 2006. At 3 credits per class, a B.A. required 40 classes to complete 120 credits; in contrast, at 4 credits per class, a B.A. now requires only 30 classes to complete 120 credits. Given the foregoing, 411 students under a 3-credit program is proportionate to 300 students under a 4-credit program. Source for Fall 2007 enrollment data: 5 The Education Department reformed its curriculum in line with other New England teaching colleges in the mid-1990’s to require students to work for a liberal arts major in addition to teaching certification. Almost immediately the demand for the psychology major more than doubled, being the preferred major for the cohort of future teachers. That huge increase in demand required the college to provide more faculty, at the same time one of our full-time political scientists resigned and moved across the country. The political science line was absorbed by the psychology department. It has been a college tradition that at least three full-time faculty members are required to conduct a legitimate major. 6 Enrollment Report 5/11/2006, KSC office of Institutional Research. 7 Leanne Sedowski, “Trends in Numbers of Degrees Earned in Political Science, 1900–2004,” PS. (January 2007): 180-181, Figure 4: A Comparison of Selected Earned Bachelor’s Degrees, 1950–2004. 8 Sedowski, Figure 4, 181. 9 Sedowski, Figure 1: Bachelor’s Degrees Awarded in Political Science, by Sex, 1990–2004, 180. 10 Michael J. Kelly, APSA Survey of Political Science Departments, A Report for the Academic Year 2001-2002. (Washington, D.C.: American Political Science Association, 2002) 1111 Data obtained by KSC Office of Institutional Research. 11 All of the national comparisons indicate that Keene State has enormous potential to attract a significant number of students to a new major in Political Science. Attracting even a fraction of the students to the major that we find at our comparator colleges would place the major among the most popular in the School of Sciences at Keene State. Employer Demand Political Science and Law Students have various reasons for selecting a Political Science major. Of the professions that majors intend to pursue one of the most popular is the practice of law, a career that requires placement in and completion of graduate school. A Political Science major is not the only route to such placement, but it is certainly one of the most desired; and students selecting a college with this career in mind will look for this opportunity when they choose a college. Courses that help develop the skills and outlooks needed for legal work and study include U.S. Politics, Political Theory (both Foundations and Modern), and Constitutional Law—four courses that will be offered at KSC with more frequency under a Political Science major. Students also benefit from advice from a departmental Pre-Law Advisor on such issues as course selection, LSAT preparation, and successful application to law schools. Services such as this are generally found in institutions that sponsor a political science major. A grant that seeks funding for such a position has been submitted to the College’s planning council. Political Science and Other Professions Other careers that are well-served by a major in Political Science include the following: • administrative work and policy analysis in state and federal government; • political analysis, and lobbying with private interest groups, international organizations, and businesses; • leadership and supervisory work in the private sector (according to the American Political Science Association the career choice of one-third of political science majors12); • campaign management and political polling (a $4 billion enterprise for just the congressional, senatorial, and presidential races of 200413); • political journalism; and, of course, • teaching political science at the college level and social studies at the secondary level. Keene State Students, both before and after the college terminated the major in the 1990s, selected and pursued many of these options. For instance, former Political Science students are now in management positions at Microsoft. Others include a regional director for Care for West Africa; three successful lobbyists or legislative staffers working in Concord, a public defender in Laconia, and three former majors who became lawyers and returned to teach constitutional law as adjunct faculty. Another political science student has gone on to become a Provost, along with those who have gone on to successful teaching careers in both high school and college. Still others are pursuing graduate and doctoral study in the discipline at major universities like the University of Massachusetts. Indeed, Keene State education majors will find themselves encouraged ever more strongly to add political science training to their preparation for the classroom. The social studies content knowledge area for the ETS Praxis teacher’s exam contains 21 (of 130) questions pertaining to political science, civics, and government. Topics for these questions range from ideals and principles of American democracy to the role of the United States in world affairs. Lastly, and perhaps most important, political science is part of a broad package of content knowledge and critical thinking aptitudes that are proving more useful in the working world. Nine years ago, when the Political Science and Social Science programs were reviewed, two external reviewers placed this liberal arts skill-building into a career-acquisition framework: 12 American Political Science Association [APSA]. Careers and the Study of Political Science, 6th Edition, (Washington, D.C.: APSA, 2003): 32. 13 Accessed 8/19/2007 12 “Employment opportunities for graduates from Keene State (as with equivalent state colleges and universities) are less dependent on the specific, vocational skills such as those developed in the physical sciences or the professionals schools, since those skills, while important, are rapidly outmoded as technologies change. The vocational and specific skills required of graduates are increasingly taught on the job and those skills upgraded at work. Skills not taught on the job and critical to the employability of Keene graduates are exactly those that social science programs stress.”14 Other Indications of Demand Political Science at Comparator Colleges When we consider the offerings of schools to which we are most ofen compared, we conclude that if Keene State is to deliver more fully on its mission and its role as a liberal arts college, then Keene State should take this opportunity to reinstate the major in Political Science. The Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC), of which Keene State is a founding member, and whose conference we will host in 2008, consists of 21 institutions. • The overwhelming majority of COPLAC institutions (17) offer their students a major in Political Science. Several offer various tracks within that major; and a small number provide the opportunity for graduate study in the field. COPLAC institutions of comparable size to Keene State attract and, as pointed out earlier, graduate between 12 and 28 students as majors in the field. • Setting aside the size of a school or the presence of a major, there are only three other COPLAC schools that rely on a Political Science faculty that is equal or smaller in size to Keene State’s three full-time, tenure-track faculty to offer courses in the discipline. The average full-time political science faculty at COPLAC institutions is greater than six, twice the number of political science teaching staff at Keene State. At most of those institutions fewer students are enrolled in political science courses than at Keene State.15 In brief, a Political Science major is an essential component of liberal education at the schools to which we are most often compared; and at Keene State, a reinstated major could be delivered within an efficient and (as the next sections will show) creative program and framework. Section IV (pp.11-13): Appropriateness to KSC’s Mission and Values Since Aristotle the preoccupation of political science has been with “the good” of a community. It is a discipline that contributes in fundamental ways to the broad mission of institutions that provide a “liberal education.” That mission, to quote from a 2002 study by the Association of American Colleges and Universities, emphasizes “[a] philosophy of education that empowers individuals, liberates the mind from ignorance, and cultivates social responsibility.”16 Undergraduates—and the students who are weighing the offerings of colleges—are generally aware of the place of political science in the college curriculum. The widely consulted Princeton Review stated the case for Political Science as a part of a well-rounded education as follows: “Like any liberal arts major, Political Science makes no claims to be a pre-professional program. It certainly doesn't exist to teach disconnected facts about politics. Instead, Political Science majors develop excellent critical thinking and communication skills and, more broadly, an understanding 14 “Report of the External Review Committee – Keene State College Political Science and Social Science Program Review Visit: March 5 and 6, 1998” Marc Goldstein Ph.D. and John Wooding Ph.D. (dated March 30, 1998). 15 See Appendix A for a tabular summary of data about COPLAC institutions and their political science programs. 16 Association of American Colleges and Universities [AAC&U]. 2002. Greater Expectations: A New Vision for Learning as a Nation Goes to College (Washington, D.C.: AAC&U): 25. 13 of history and culture. Even more broadly, Political Science tackles those Big, Serious, Heavy, Eternal Questions. What is the best way to reconcile individual desires and community needs? Is it possible to have both freedom and equality?”17 Political Science and Liberal Education—at Keene State The Political Science program at KSC critically investigates and encourages participation and engagement in civil society. It contributes directly to the college’s declared mission of promoting and sustaining “strong relationships among students, faculty, and staff that emphasize creative and critical thinking, scholarship and research, and a passion for learning.”18 Clearly with regard to the stated mission and values of Keene State College no other major will deliver these values as directly as political science. • The major explores the power relations and the local, national and global interdependencies—providing instruction and mentorship in thoughtful and creative analysis, sustained scholarship, and original research. • The major encourages and supports internships, field work, and participatory experiences—providing opportunities for students to live, and not just study, as constructive citizens in local, national, and global systems. The blending of scholarship and participation in Political Science helps the college deliver on its commitment to the integration of learning and community service. The college’s mission statement draft of May 2007, underscores the importance of political study and activity on campus, stating that Keene State is “a community dedicated to the preparation of our students as global citizens and successful professionals through the integration of teaching, learning, service, and scholarship.”19 (The current Mission and Values statements of Keene State College, and the most recent proposed revisions of those statements, are attached to this document in Appendix B.) The Political Science program helps deliver on that mission by sponsoring workshops, speakers and public forums. In addition the Political Science faculty at Keene State has a history of public service. For several years, one professor and at least one adjunct lecturer have served as representatives to the General Court of New Hampshire. All of the faculty have a history of volunteerism in professional and civic capacities. A major in Political Science at the college would complement this existing situation, to the benefit of both the college and the larger community. Classes taught in the program are related to that mission either directly (ISPOSC 220 – Global Politics; ISPOSC 228 – Understanding Global Politics Through Literature and Film; POSC 310 – Participation and Democracy in America; POSC 322 – Global Political Economy) or indirectly (ISPOSC 101 – What is Politics?; ISPOSC 223 – Comparative Analysis of Government; POSC 324 – Conflict Management). In addition, from introductory to upper level courses, the Political Science major will offer courses directly applicable to the values that accompany the mission set out for the college. Thus the College values: • “critical thinking, creativity, and cultural enrichment” – themes directly or indirectly taken up in POSC 101 – What is Politics?; the Political Thought sequence (ISPOSC 230 and POSC 334); and the discipline’s “literature and film” classes (ISPOSC 218, 228 and 238); - 17 The Princeton Review. 2007. Major: Political Science—Basics. Accessed 8/18/2007. 18 Keene State College. “Mission and Values.” The full statements are provided in Appendix B. Accessed 8/18/2007 19 Keene State College Planning Council. “Mission Statement—Second Draft,” May 9, 2007. The full statements are provided in Appendix B. Accessed 8/18/2007 14 • “service to the community and civic engagement” – themes directly or indirectly taken up in ISPOSC 211 – State and Local Government; POSC 310 – Participation and Democracy in America; and the discipline’s coops, practicums, and internships (POSC 294, 496 and 498); - • “diversity, civility and respect” – themes directly or indirectly taken up in the Global Politics sequence (ISPOSC 220, POSC 321 and 322); the comparative sequence (ISPOSC 223 and POSC 323); and in POSC 324 – Conflict Management; - • “social justice and equity in our community and in our curriculum” – themes directly or indirectly taken up in ISPOSC 210 – US Politics; and POSC 316 – Constitutional Law; - • “environmental stewardship and sustainability” – themes directly or indirectly taken up in POSC 312 – Public Policy Analysis; and POSC 315 Environmental Policy; - • “partnerships that enhance the quality of life in the region, the state and the world” – themes taken up directly or indirectly in ISPOSC 211 – State and Local Politics; POSC 310 - Participation and Democracy in America; and the discipline’s coops, practicums, and internships (POSC 294, 496 and 498); - • “life-long learning” – a theme most directly taken up in ISPOSC 101 – What is Politics? but underscored in most other classes in the discipline. RESOURCES: No new staffing or other resources are needed. What additional library resources will be required? Has the library been consulted to determine the adequacy of library holdings or to estimate the cost to improve these sufficiently? No change in demand for library resources beyond that for the 4-Credit proposal is anticipated. ADVISORY OPINIONS: Though other departments recommend or require political science courses no impact is anticipated from this proposal. All courses will be numbered and titled the same, with subject matter retained, and scheduling shall continue to follow that enumerated in the 4-credit proposal submitted for political science.


Senate Curriculum Committee




Keene State College

Political Science Major Program Proposal