Assessing the Political Science Undergraduate Degree: A Review of International Course and Non-Course Content
29 Pages Posted: 7 Feb 2013
Reports from the political science discipline, as well as from higher education more generally, stress the need for expansion of the international content of the undergraduate curriculum. Many of these studies draw attention to the practical challenges associated with curriculum internationalization efforts: funding constraints, geographic insulation, and institutional resistance. In this paper, I explore the extent to which these challenges influence various types of undergraduate political science programs. I present statistical information on the international content of political science undergraduate degrees from more than five hundred U.S. colleges and universities. I address the number of international courses required and offered by program, the percent of international courses required and offered by program, and the presence of internationally themed non-course opportunities by program (study abroad programs, or sponsored student clubs). Finally, I assess degree to which the findings support the above-mentioned claims on barriers to curriculum internationalization.
Keywords: political science, teaching and learning, international curriculum
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