Political Science's Contribition to General Education at Liberal Arts Colleges

12 Pages Posted: 5 Feb 2013

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Aleisha Karjala

University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma

Abstract

What does political science contribute to common core and general education in liberal arts colleges? Although our discipline pays some attention to curriculum choice and design for our own discipline as a major, hardly any systematic study of what political science contributes to the undergraduate experience writ large has been done. Using Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC) as a sample, this work examines how political science departments contribute to general education. There is great diversity in the common core and general education programs even across this small sample. Political science is most commonly used to meet some sort of social science requirement in the core, although there are schools which allow political science coursework to meet many other requirements as well. Political science courses are almost always an option, though, and hardly ever required.

Keywords: core curriculum, general education, political science, liberal arts colleges

Suggested Citation

Karjala, Aleisha, Political Science's Contribition to General Education at Liberal Arts Colleges. APSA 2013 Teaching and Learning Conference Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2211860 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2211860

Aleisha Karjala (Contact Author)

University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma ( email )

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Chickasha, OK 73019
United States

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