Edited by John Ishiyama, William J. Miller and Eszter Simon
Chapter 1: Best practices in the American undergraduate political science curriculum
This chapter describes various models for organizing the undergraduate political science major. Though debate and discussion of the proper goals and structure of the political science curriculum go back to the founding of the discipline (Ishiyama, Breuning and Lopez 2006), the present review focuses on activities in the USA since the 1980s to reform the major. Curriculum reform efforts in political science have taken place in the midst of reform waves in higher education. The circumstances surrounding the last reform effort sponsored by the American Political Science Association (APSA), the 1991 ‘Wahlke Report’ on liberal education and the political science major (Association of American Colleges 1990; Wahlke 1991), are illustrative.