Bachelors in Political Science – Economic Liberty and Politics

Overview

ACU’s Political Science-Economic Liberty and Politics program prepares you for significant Christian influence in government, law, and politics – especially as related to economic liberty. Explore the intersection of faith and politics, while being grounded in the ideas, values, and institutions of the American system of government and politics more generally. Learn to integrate the biblical worldview into a deep understanding of the free market, the connection between economic liberty and human flourishing as you thoughtfully consider and address the political and economic opportunities challenges facing your generation. By integrating faith and scholarship into the study of economic liberty and politics, political science graduates translate their passion for political, economic and cultural transformation into significant Christian leadership and influence in their communities, the nation, and the world.

Combining the bachelor of arts or bachelor of science in Political Science with the study of Economic Liberty and Politics prepares future conservative Christian leaders with a strong intellectual foundation and real-world understanding to defend and advance economic liberty in their generation. Students are grounded in a biblical understanding of the importance of economic liberty and the free market, an understanding of economics from a biblical worldview understanding (especially of human nature), and a deep reverence for the relationship between economic liberty and God’s design for human flourishing.

Students complete 18 hours of interdisciplinary courses in economics, political philosophy, and political science required in this program. After building a solid foundation in understanding the free market and principles of economic liberty, students are challenged to use what they’ve learned to develop strategies to address real-world threats to economic liberty facing their generation. This coursework enhances your political science studies by equipping you to defend economic liberty and to advocate entrepreneurial, free-market approaches to a vast array of political and cultural problems.

Why Economic Liberty and Politics at ACU?

In addition to a faculty to student ratio of 17:1 and a rigorous and biblically-integrated curriculum, ACU’s Economic Liberty and Politics program offers several unique advantages.

  • The ACU Political Science – Economic Liberty and Politics curriculum prepares you to transform government and politics with God’s Truth.
  • Develop, formalize, and integrate the biblical worldview into all aspects of government and politics.
  • ACU digs deeply into the idea of American Exceptionalism and what makes our nation’s history, institutions, political culture and ideas ‒ especially liberty, limited government, the free market and constitutionalism ‒ unique.
  • The coursework in Economic Liberty and Politics prepares you to defend the free market and the importance of economic liberty to your generation.
  • Throughout the major, you’ll deeply explore the intersection of faith and politics in history, in the contemporary context, and in future careers.
  • The program emphasizes strategic, practical equipping of students for effective citizenship, public-minded service, and positions of influence in politics, law, public policy, and other related areas.

What will I study?

The Economic Liberty and Politics program provides a biblical liberal arts foundation with an innovative approach to general studies that reclaims a Christian conception of the Liberal Arts, preparing students to be influential thinkers. Career-related Coursework focus areas will include:

  • American Government, Institutions, and Ideas
  • Faith and Politics
  • Political Thought: Ancient, Contemporary, and American
  • Constitutional Law
  • Public Policy
  • Foreign Policy and International Relations
  • Foundations of the Free Market
  • Economics
  • Socialism: Theory and Reality
  • Free-market Public Policy
  • Policy Entrepreneurialism
  • Contemporary Issues in Economic Liberty and Politics

 

Department of Government, History and Philosophy

Arizona Christian University
Building 2000
1 W. Firestorm Way
Glendale, AZ 85306

  Phone:
(602) 489-5300

  Email:
[email protected]

Career Paths

ACU’s Political Science-Economic Liberty and Politics degree prepares students to pursue careers in:

  • Government / Politics
  • Law / Legal Field
  • Policy Research and Advocacy
  • Public Administration
  • Free Market /Entrepreneurial Policy Making
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Non-Profit Administration
  • Public Service
  • Education / Academia

Academic Major Courses

Core requirements accumulate to 30 credits, 15 credits of Biblical and Theological Studies and 8 credits of foreign language courses. 3 credits of Upper Division Biblical and Theological Studies electives are required.

CourseCourse NameCredits
POL 150American Government3
POL 210Political Ideologies3
POL 230Law and Politics3
POL 300Research and Writing3
POL 305Faith and Politics3
POL 376American Exceptionalism3
POL 450Constitutional Law3
POL 497Internship3
POL 490Political Science Capstone3
ECO 201Principles of Macroeconomics3
POL 309Intellectual Foundations of the Free Market3
POL 315Socialism: Theory and Reality3
POL 410Public Policy and Economic Development3
POL 425Issues in Economic Liberty and Politics3
Choose OnePOL 435 Debating American Liberty: 1787-1865; POL 442 American Political Thought; POL 452 American Conservative Thought3
 

Checksheets

At Arizona Christian, we structure our programs to effectively prepare students to transform culture in their workplace. Our checksheets are annual guides that support students along the path toward graduation.

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Faculty

Our professors are experts in their respective fields and passionate about the subjects they teach; they challenge, and stretch their students to reach their goals. Students are encouraged to think critically and analyze what they learn in the classroom thoroughly. These are some of the professors you will work closely with:

Tom Campbell, J.D.

Associate Professor – Acting Department Chair
Department of Government, History and Philosophy

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Professor Campbell began teaching at ACU in 2014 and for several years taught law related classes such as Constitutional Law, Media Law and Business Law. During this time he also continued his law practice at Lewis Roca Rothgerber and Christie where he focused on government regulation of economic activities. He retired from the practice of law in 2019 and joined ACU as a full-time faculty member. He is also serving as Acting Department Chair. He has expanded his teaching duties to include classes related to economic freedom and religious liberty. He has been married to Barbara Campbell for 45 years and has four children and 11 grandchildren. He lives in downtown Phoenix, where he worked for many years and is an active member of Roosevelt Community Church.

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