Programs Bachelors in Political Economy - Arizona Christian University

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


Career Paths


Department of Political Science and Government

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

(602) 489-5300

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Career Paths

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.

CourseCourse NameCredits
POL 150American Government3
ECO 201Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECO 202Principles of Microeconomics3
MAT 210Introduction to Statistics*3
POL 210Political Ideologies3
POL 309Intellectual Foundations of the Free Market3
BUS 314Theology of Wealth and Poverty3
POL 315Socialism: Theory and Reality3
POL 330Fundamentals of Public Policy3
BUS 331Business Statistics Workshop1
MGT 345TInternational Organizational Behavior3
POL 410Public Policy and Economic Development3
POL 425Issues in Economic Liberty and Politics3
POL 497Internship (Approval of the internship site, supervising instructor and department chair is required)3
POL 490Political Science Capstone*3
Choose OnePOL 435 Debating American Liberty: 1787-1865
POL 442 American Political Thought
POL 452 American Conservative Thought