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WEC Unit: Political Science


Political Science enrolls approximately 700 undergraduate students in its major, and its 30–35 faculty members teach many non-majors in courses at all levels of its curriculum.

Among recent implementation efforts, the department conducted a longitudinal study of volunteer students as they learned to write from 1K-level courses onward. The study involved collection of writing samples and correlative interviews about students' experiences as writers. Meanwhile, Ph.D. alumni of the department have organized a Facebook group (MNstructors) focused on teaching issues; the group will convene a small, interactive conference in summer 2014, focused on matters of professionalism and pedagogy, including the teaching of undergraduate writers in Political Science. Current faculty members and graduate students in the department will be invited. Indicative of its long-term goals, the department's faculty has recommitted itself to employing language from the Writing Plan in course materials in order to help students detect consistency amongst courses in the department's flat curriculum. Finally, to ensure ongoing implementation of their Writing Plan, the department has institutionalized the WEC Faculty Liaison position, integrating it into the regular departmental administrative structure.

Writing Plan

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