Political science delves into the study of governments, public policies, and political behavior. It is a social science which uses both humanistic perspectives and scientific skills to examine the United States and all countries and regions of the world. As a political science major, you will hone the writing, communication, analytical, and data skills that are fundamental to a liberal arts education. This kind of education will prepare you to think critically and independently, help you appreciate differing points of view, and broaden your knowledge of current affairs. Today, students can reasonably expect to change jobs more than once and even have more than one career. An undergraduate education in the liberal arts is excellent preparation for flexibility in employment. All students who complete a degree designated as a Tennessee Transfer Pathway will be able to do the following: Communicate effectively through oral and written modes, using conventions appropriate to their audience and purpose, including critical listening, reading, and research skills. Evaluate the significance of humanity’s cultural heritage and diversity and its development in a historical and/or global context through critical and analytical methodologies. Connect knowledge of social and cultural institutions to issues of personal or public importance. Analyze historical and contemporary issues by drawing on historical contexts. Demonstrate a broad understanding of scientific principles and concepts. Apply relevant mathematical modeling to a variety of applied or theoretical problems. In addition, students who complete the Political Science emphasis will understand the basic factors affecting politics and government.