Bachelors in Political Science

Overview

ACU’s Political Science major prepares you for significant Christian influence in government, law, and politics. Explore the intersection of faith and politics, while being grounded in the ideas, values, and institutions of the American system of government and politics. Learn to integrate the biblical worldview into a deep understanding of government as you thoughtfully consider and address the political opportunities and challenges facing today’s culture. By integrating faith and scholarship, political science graduates translate their passion for political transformation into significant Christian leadership and influence in their communities, the nation, and the world. Students can earn either a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science in Political Science.

Why Political Science at ACU?

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

  • The ACU Political Science 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.
  • 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 Political Science 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
  • Campaigns and Elections
  • Politics and Media
  • Public Policy
  • International Relations and Foreign Policy
  • Emphases available in Criminal Justice or Healthcare Policy

 

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 degree prepares students to pursue careers in:

  • Government / Politics
  • Law / Legal Field
  • Law Enforcement
  • Policy Research and Advocacy
  • Public Administration
  • 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
POL 442American Political Thought3
Choose OnePOL 422 Ancient & Medieval Political Thought
POL 432 Modern Political Thought
POL 452 American Conservative Political Thought
POL 462 Special Topics in Political Thought
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POL ___Upper Div POL Elective (Advisor Approved)3
POL ___Upper Div POL Elective (Advisor Approved)3
POL ___Upper Div POL Elective (Advisor Approved)3
POL ___Upper Div POL Elective (Advisor Approved)3
 

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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