Bachelors in Political Economy
The Political Economy degree program is the newest program in the Department of Political Science and Government. Students may pursue a B.A. or a B.S., depending on their career goals and interests. The program focuses on the interaction between politics and economics in the formation of public policy and includes instruction in microeconomics, macroeconomics, political theory, American, comparative, and international political economy, and quantitative methods.
Graduates are prepared to:
- Evaluate political and economic principles and ideologies through the lens of a biblical worldview. Principles, constructs, and ideologies will include free-market economics and capitalism, decentralization, privatization, socialism, communism, influences of wealth and poverty, conservatism, fascism, green politics, and identity politics.
- Describe and apply biblical social justice principles to local and global problems.
- Synthesize political and economic theories, terminology, principles, and policies in application to national and global contexts.
- Develop and present an original political economy thesis supported with historical, biblical, and statistical evidence drawn from discipline-appropriate resources.
- Apply program knowledge and skills to case studies in the classroom, and in internship or practicum settings.
Why Political Economy at ACU?
Graduates will be uniquely equipped to make a difference in transforming culture with truth using biblical economic and political principles. ACU’s Political Economy degree aligns seamlessly with a Christian worldview and ACU’s mission, vision, and Core Commitments. The program addresses foundational ACU values including compassion for the poor, an understanding of God’s purposes for limited government, personal, economic and religious freedom, free markets, capitalism, and property rights. This versatile degree prepares graduates to enter many arenas in need of Christian voices with Christian values.
What will I study?
Students are provided a broad course of study including:
- Political Ideologies
- Macroeconomics and Microeconomics
- Intellectual Foundations of the Free Market
- Socialism: Theory and Reality
- Issues in Public & Economic Policy
- International Organizational Behavior
- Theology of Wealth & Poverty
- American Conservative Thought
Political economy graduates frequently work as economists, financial managers in for-profit and non-profit organizations, urban planners, public policy makers, lobbyists, and CEOs. Many continue their studies to become political scientists, lawyers, and university professors.
Academic Major Courses
Core requirements accumulate to 30 credits, 15 credits of Biblical and Theological Studies and 8 credits of foreign language courses (B.A.) or 8 credits of science courses (B.S.). 3 credits of Upper Division Biblical and Theological Studies electives are required.
Note: Courses with an asterisk (*) carry a pre-requisite.
|POL 150||American Government||3|
|ECO 201||Principles of Macroeconomics||3|
|ECO 202||Principles of Microeconomics||3|
|MAT 210||Introduction to Statistics*||3|
|POL 210||Political Ideologies||3|
|POL 309||Intellectual Foundations of the Free Market||3|
|BUS 314||Theology of Wealth and Poverty||3|
|POL 315||Socialism: Theory and Reality||3|
|POL 330||Fundamentals of Public Policy||3|
|BUS 331||Business Statistics Workshop||1|
|MGT 345T||International Organizational Behavior||3|
|POL 410||Public Policy and Economic Development||3|
|POL 425||Issues in Economic Liberty and Politics||3|
|POL 497||Internship (Approval of the internship site, supervising instructor and department chair is required)||3|
|POL 490||Political Science Capstone*||3|
|Choose One||POL 435 Debating American Liberty: 1787-1865|
POL 442 American Political Thought
POL 452 American Conservative Thought