Expectations and Skills Taught
"Students should be prepared to work, study hard, and appreciate challenges," says Lake Michigan College political science instructor and program coordinator Dr. Gary Roberts. "I expect my students to learn how to use their analytical skills. Political science is not just about learning names and dates; students should also learn to question what goes on around them."
Coursework is set up to encourage critical thinking. How well you perform on weekly one-page critiques of current event issues, a midterm, an argumentative paper, quizzes, the final exam, and class participation determines your final grade.
Occasionally you will break into groups to discuss topics or to perform simulations. You will also be expected to present your argumentative paper to the class, and take questions from the class.
"Above all, students should leave college with an acute ability to communicate and communicate well. My classes are geared toward this objective, to teach students how to write and verbally communicate," says Dr. Roberts.
Technology in the Classroom
PowerPoint presentations, films, the Internet, and materials available on Canvas - the College's instructional Intranet - play an important role in class. Technology is used as an aid to the traditional lecture structure.
Getting the Most from the Program
Dr. Roberts states that if you need additional assistance with an idea or concept presented during class, "I provide open office hours for students to easily come by and see me. I also tutor students who have a difficult time with my subject, and occasionally, I set up group study sessions for students to pose questions."
You should also keep in touch with your advisor. By meeting with your advisor, you can make sure you are staying on your academic path toward graduation and transferring to a four-year school.