Minor in Political Science
ACU’s minor in Political Science 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 more generally. 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.
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
- Public Policy
- International Relations and Foreign Policy
- Emphases available in Criminal Justice, Economic Liberty and Politics, or Healthcare Policy
Standalone Minor Courses
In order for a student to complete the minor, they must complete 18 credit hours.
|POL 150||American Government||3|
|POL 210||Political Ideologies||3|
|POL 230||Law and Politics||3|
|POL 300||Research and Writing||3|
|POL 305||Faith and Politics||3|
|POL 310||Politics in Film||3|
|POL 325||Current Topics in American Politics||3|
|POL 326||Supreme Court and the Constitution||3|
|POL 330||Fundamentals of Public Policy||3|
|POL 332||Public Policy and the Family||3|
|POL 342||Political Communication||3|
|POL 345||Religious Liberty in America||3|
|POL 350||Political Statesmanship||3|
|POL 360||American Foreign Policy||3|
|POL 376||American Exceptionalism||3|
|POL 422||Ancient and Medieval Political Thought||3|
|POL 432||Modern Political Thought||3|
|POL 435||Debating American Liberty: 1787-1865||3|
|POL 440||Presidential Campaigns and Elections||3|
|POL 441||Congressional, State and Local Elections||3|
|POL 442||American Political Thought||3|
|POL 452||American Conservative Political Thought||3|
|POL 450||Constitutional Law||3|
|POL 460||Healthcare Policy||3|
|POL 462||Special Topics in Political Thought||3|
|POL 499||Advanced Topics||3|