Outcomes - Careers

Outcomes

The Department of Government and Public Affairs plays an important role in helping students meet the five major  competencies of Gallaudet's new General Studies Curriculum:

  • Language and Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Identity and Culture
  • Knowledge and Inquiry
  • Ethics and Social Responsibility

The Department has established student learning outcomes (SLOs) for the BA degree programs. The SLOs are available in Adobe Acrobat PDF format (Download Acrobat Reader).

 

Each major has established goals related to the major mission statement:

Government Major:

Knowledge and skills

  • Increase understanding of American political history and political processes (major and pre-major students)
  • Practice academic skills appropriate to college level courses and college educated people (major and pre-major students)
  • Explain core academic information about American and foreign political systems, issues of political theory and ideology, and international relations. (major level students)
  • Develop skills in the following :
  • Reading, understanding, synthesizing and criticizing appropriate professional literature in the major; (major level students)
  • Creating research-based projects and presentations in the major using appropriate sources and citation systems. (major level students)
  • Understanding, using, producing and critiquing quantitative information in the major. (major level  students)
  • Understand professional expectations related to:
  • Working independently and in groups (major and pre-major students)
  • Professional qualifications and education and how they can prepare for and obtain such qualifications and education. (major level students)

Values and citizenship

  • Become better citizens through understanding the general principles, history and theory of democracy and specifically understanding the evolution of the institutions, processes and policies of the American political system; (major and pre-major students)
  • Be aware of the rights and responsibilities of citizens of their community, their country and the wider world. (major and pre-major students)
  • Be aware of the ways in which governments impact their lives and the ways in which they can impact government systems. (major and pre-major students)
  • Develop a sense of professional ethics and responsibility with regard to their roles as students and citizens. (major and pre-major students)

Public and Deaf Life

  • Engage in activities outside of the classroom including internships, participation in political campaigns, voter registration drives, mock trials, model United Nations, issue awareness campaigns, study abroad and travel study and other opportunities so that they can learn about the world of politics through active engagement. (major level students)
  • Develop skills and knowledge necessary to advocate for issues and causes that can be advanced in the public arenas. (major level students)

Careers

There are a variety of potential careers for those majoring in government. Our graduates have directly gone into a variety of fields:

  • work with government agencies at the national, state and local levels;
  • work in private business;
  • work in international agencies and organizations;
  • primary and secondary education
  • political campaigns and activism

In addition, they have pursued further education and been employed as:

  • lawyers
  • university professors
  • researchers
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