Historically, the Department of History and Political Science has found numerous advantages in the marriage between two distinct disciplines, History and Political Science, within one academic department. A variety of fruitful interactions for students and faculty have resulted from this marriage. While we wish to continue to build on this union, it is essential to separate by discipline the program learning outcomes, curriculum maps, and assessment plans.
To that end, we have established two subcommittees within the Department, one for History and Social Science and the other for Political Science and International Studies. Each subcommittee is made up of the faculty within these disciplines and is led by a faculty member other than the Department Chair. Because there is so much overlap between the History and Social Science programs, and so few students enrolled in the Social Science program, that subcommittee has thus far treated them as one program (“History”) in our assessment plan and assessment data. We will use this data to help us determine whether or not the History and Social Science programs should remain separate or be formally joined in some way.
Each subcommittee has formalized an assessment plan that fits the best practices of the discipline and the needs of that portion of the Department.