ERIC Number: ED035382
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-May
Reference Count: 0
The Undergraduate Major in Political Science.
Counelis, James Steve
The Undergraduate Studies Committee in the Political Science Department at Berkeley designed this self-study for the purpose of understanding more clearly the experiences political science majors have in the department. The first part of the study was a "study in depth" which consisted of interviewing some 60 undergraduate majors in political science. The second part was the administration of a 66-item multiple-choice questionnaire to the 645 undergraduate majors; 307 were returned. This report is based upon the questionnaire data only. The questionnaire dealt with such areas as: father's occupation and income, background (urban or rural), academic plans, occupational and degree objectives, preferences in job characteristics, political views, political party preferences, special fields of interest within political science, frequency of class attendance and completion of readings, relationships to faculty advisors, perceptions of faculty political views; and opinions on the relation of class size to learning, adequacy of present class time, purposes of political science, major functions of the University, disciplines relevant to political science, and the comparative difficulty of the study of political science to the study of history and sociology. Forty tables document the discussion. (DS)
Descriptors: Attitudes, Departments, Educational Objectives, Higher Education, Institutional Role, Intellectual Disciplines, Majors (Students), Political Attitudes, Political Science, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student Interests, Student Motivation, Student Teacher Relationship, Units of Study
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley. Office of Institutional Research.
Identifiers: University of California Berkeley