Mission and Goals

June 15, 2020 — As Niagara University faculty in Political Science, International Studies, and Pre-Law

  • We affirm that Black and Brown lives matter and that silence is not an option.
  • We recognize that institutions of higher education have contributed to systemic racism and have systematically devalued Black and Brown lives.
  • We know that curricula have privileged whiteness as a starting point for understanding the world, and we reject this status quo.
  • We believe that our teaching must seek to identify, examine, and expose racism and racial oppression—and all forms of discrimination and oppression on the basis of race, sex, tribal membership or indigenous status, LGBTQ status, national origin, immigration status, or disability, among others. We believe that our curricula need to reflect the realities of our students, our communities, and our world.
  • We resolve, as a department, to strive for equality—culturally, socially, linguistically, academically, and professionally—in all hiring, teaching, writing, research, and work spaces for students, staff, and faculty.
  • We commit to educating ourselves and others about bias—explicit and implicit—and to combatting bias, discrimination, and oppression of all kinds.
  • We commit to supporting students, staff, administrators, and fellow faculty against racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia, transphobia, and other forms of oppression and injustice.

Mission

Niagara University's Department of Political Science is dedicated to developing students' understanding of the institutions of government and the formulation and implementation of domestic and foreign policy. We seek to nurture students' appreciation of law and legal reasoning, other cultures and political systems, and the role of the United States in the larger world community. We are dedicated to the development of the whole student, one who is more culturally sensitive and better able to apply qualitative and quantitative methodologies to political, economic, social, cultural, gender-based and legal questions, with a focus on social justice.

Goals

  • Students will demonstrate familiarity with the major subfields of political science (American politics, comparative politics, and international relations);
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to identify and/or collect and analyze appropriate data relating to central research questions in political science;
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to engage in critical thinking;
  • Students will demonstrate proficiency in written and oral communication;
  • Students will demonstrate an awareness of other countries and cultures, and the place of the United States in the world community;
  • Students will have first-hand experience in politics (and related disciplines, e.g., law) through internships and cooperative educational experiences;
  • Students will seek to continue their studies at the graduate level in political science, law, and related disciplines.