Thank you to all of you who participated in our Political Science Majors Experience survey (And congratulations to the two majors who won the hoodies for participating!)
We are committed to incorporating your feedback into our programming and wanted to share some of the results of the survey with you.
Among the top findings are:
- 84% of majors say that Professors are interested in helping students reach their full potential
- The most frequently cited areas of improvement were 1.) getting more career advice and 2.) increasing the selection of course offerings
- 85% of majors are satisfied with the quality of our advising staff
- 74% of majors are satisfied with the opportunities for scholarships
- 68% of majors are satisfied with mentoring from faculty
- 44% of majors are satisfied with opportunities to work on faculty research projects.
- 89% of majors are satisfied with the quality of instruction
- 78% of majors are satisfied with our class sizes
- 76% of majors are satisfied with the relevance of coursework to their future career plans.
- 59% of majors are satisfied with the activities sponsored by the department
Why did you become a political science major?
Top 2 answers:
- My interest in politics
- My future career goals relate to politics and government
What three goals are most important to you as a political science major?
Top 3 answers:
- Developing skills that will help with employment after graduation
- Learning more about political affairs
- Improving my understanding of other countries and cultures
In which areas have you improved most since majoring in Political Science?
- General knowledge of politics (57%)
- Understanding problems facing citizens in the US and abroad (49%)
- Understanding of political theory (43%)
- Understanding of international relations (42%)
- Ability to conduct research (27%)
- Public speaking (13%)
- Ability to work as a part of a team (3%)
So what will we do next?
We are committed to growing our Undergraduate Research Engagement Program, and we are working with faculty to develop new opportunities for undergraduates to participate in hands-on research. Keep checking the link above over the summer as we add new positions and application instructions.
We are already doing a lot to help you explore careers –we developed an alumni network this year, hired several professors of practice, organized networking events like Meet the Law, brought back alums for advice and lectures, sent students to conferences and the United Nations, organized graduate school panels, and offered a 1 credit professional development seminar. But we’ve learned that we need to better communicate these things so that more students take advantage of them. Do you have suggestions? We regularly post on Twitter, Facebook, the Dept Website, bulletin boards, and in our weekly email. What else should we be doing? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org
We’re thinking about ways to improve your public speaking opportunities, too. To start, we encourage all students to apply to present at the Statewide Undergraduate Research Conference every year. We’re talking with our program directors to see what options exist for offering a public speaking course. Stay tuned.