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Student Learning Outcomes

The expected Student Learning Outcomes for the Physics Department are:

1. Laws of physics. A large fraction of observed phenomena in the physical universe is accurately described by a small number of laws. Centuries of observation, analysis and logic built the present set of equations that embody these laws. Students see the fundamental ideas of mechanics, electricity and magnetism, thermodynamics and quantum theory; these ideas are not so much the application of the laws as a discussion of the meaning of the laws.

2. Problem solving. Breaking down complex situations into essential and manageable pieces is useful for almost everyone, and crucial for working physicists. This distillation allows the laws of physics to be applied to specific problems, and a well-organized report of the solution to be created.

3. Measurement making. Although physicists hope the laws of physics are “mathematically, philosophically and esthetically complete,” their key utility follows from careful and successful comparison with experiment. This builds confidence in the predictive power of physics.

Learning Outcomes

The expected Student Learning Outcomes for the Politics Department are:

1. A student graduating with a bachelor’s degree in politics from Lake Forest College shall demonstrate proficiency in the subfield of American politics and public law – including principal research questions, concepts, theories and approaches.

2. A student graduating with a bachelor’s degree in politics from Lake Forest College shall demonstrate proficiency in the subfield of comparative politics – including principal research questions, concepts, theories and approaches.

3. A student graduating with a bachelor’s degree in politics from Lake Forest College shall demonstrate proficiency in the subfield of international relations – including principal research questions, concepts, theories and approaches.

4. A student graduating with a bachelor’s degree in politics from Lake Forest College shall demonstrate proficiency in the subfield of political theory – including principal research questions, concepts, theories and approaches.

5. A student graduating with a bachelor’s degree in politics from Lake Forest College shall demonstrate proficiency in the methods of political science research.

6. A student graduating with a bachelor’s degree in politics from Lake Forest College shall demonstrate critical thinking and analysis skills.

7. A student graduating with a bachelor’s degree in politics from Lake Forest College shall demonstrate competency in research and writing in the political science discipline.

8. A student graduating with a bachelor’s degree in politics from Lake Forest College shall have general competency in the political science discipline.