Political Science

Bachelor of Arts

The program in politics and public service invites students to reflect upon the ideas, movements, leaders, and cultural influences that shaped the political landscape of the American Republic in the past and continues to alter America’s politics in the present.  Going beyond an understanding of politics and political institutions, the program’s faculty seek to influence tomorrow’s leaders in public service toward an ethical vision of government action within the framework of a Christian worldview.  Through exposure to a broad set of readings, experiences, and other work, the politics and public policy program provides students with a background in the structure and trends of America’s political order and prepares them for public service.

Program Objectives

Upon graduating from the program, students should be able to:

  • Integrate Christian principles in critical thinking and decision-making in political science.
  • Understand U.S. political structure and history--how politics influences and is influenced by the contemporary culture.
  • Critically examine concepts and theories regarding the interaction of faith and politics.
  • Gather and analyze data regarding political behavior and create work that provides a reasonable interpretation of data.
  • Produce written work and/or other materials at an advanced level, appropriate for entering graduate school or a vocation.

Course Requirements

120 Semester Credits
  • 36 credit hours of General Education Courses
  • 12 credit hours of Bible, Theology & Leadership Courses
    • PHL3000 Transformed Worldview
    • MIN3100 Concepts of Leadership
    • BUS3000  Ethics
    • BIB3000 Christian Excellence
  • 36 credit hours of Political Science Core Courses
    • 24 credit hours at the 3000-level or above
    • 3 credits - Introduction Politics & Public Service
    • 6 credits - U.S. Politics / Law
    • 3 credits - International Relations
    • 3 credits - Political Theory
    • 3 credits - Senior Seminar / Thesis / Internship

Program Course List

POL2100 American Government 3 credits 5 weeks

American Government introduces you to the institutions and processes of American government (the Constitution, Congress, Presidency, Courts, etc.) and reinforces the processes of analysis you will employ during your study within a Biblical worldview.

POL3000 Modern U.S. Politics 3 credits 5 weeks

Modern United States Politics is a study of the most significant economic, political, social, and international relations issues facing the nation and the ways Americans are attempting to solve such issues. The course will specifically focus on the rise of an imperial presidency and its attendant bureaucracy, increasing partisanship, and threats to individual liberty since 1970.

POL3030 Media and Public Opinion 3 credits 5 weeks

Media and Public Opinion is an analysis of the influence of the media on the opinions of the citizenry and public policy. Special emphasis will be given to the interaction among the media, elected officials, and interest groups.

POL3100 Trends in American Thought and Theory 3 credits 5 weeks

This course considers American political thought as it influences the ongoing transformation of western political trends. Consideration will be given to the cultural, social, and economic influences that have shaped recent trends.

Prerequisite(s):

POL4330 Constitutional Law 3 credits 5 weeks

Constitutional Law is an analysis of the crucial issues concerning the Constitution of the United States, its context, its interpretation, and its relationship to the states over the course of the history of the United States. Special emphasis will be given to major Supreme Court decisions, Supreme Court Justices, expert commentary, and a Christian worldview.