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


Political Science



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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Standalone Minor Courses

In order for a student to complete the minor, they must complete 18 credit hours.

CourseCourse NameCredits
POL 150American Government3
POL 210Political Ideologies3
POL 230Law and Politics3
POL 300Research and Writing3
POL 305Faith and Politics3
POL 310Politics in Film3
POL 325Current Topics in American Politics3
POL 326Supreme Court and the Constitution3
POL 330Fundamentals of Public Policy3
POL 332Public Policy and the Family3
POL 342Political Communication3
POL 345Religious Liberty in America3
POL 350Political Statesmanship3
POL 360American Foreign Policy3
POL 376American Exceptionalism3
POL 422Ancient and Medieval Political Thought3
POL 432Modern Political Thought3
POL 435Debating American Liberty: 1787-18653
POL 440Presidential Campaigns and Elections3
POL 441Congressional, State and Local Elections3
POL 442American Political Thought3
POL 452American Conservative Political Thought3
POL 450Constitutional Law3
POL 460Healthcare Policy3
POL 462Special Topics in Political Thought3
POL 499Advanced Topics3