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2018-2019 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Political Science, BA

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College Arts and Sciences
Academic Award Bachelor of Arts
Credits Required 125 semester credits
Faculty Lead Andrew Kaufmann
CIP Code 45.1001

The Political Science major prepares students for effective participation in civic affairs, careers in government and the teaching of government, and for graduate education in history, law, political science, public policy, and other fields related to the public and private sectors. Studies in Political Science lead the student to investigate various aspects of political and governmental issues and the history of human societies.


Graduates with a degree in Political Science will be able to:

  1. Express themselves professionally orally and in writing.
  2. Develop and implement political science research.
  3. Integrate a Christian worldview into an analysis of political reality.
  4. Formulate well-reasoned positions on controversial political issues.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of the major concepts within the field of political science.


Core Curriculum Requirements: 60

Humanities: 9

  • 6 credits in this area must be from Writing Practice courses* (see course descriptions  for applicability)
  • ENGL xxx3 Any Literature course 3 credits
  • HIST xxx3 Any Course in History 3 credits
  • 3 additional credits selected from the following 3 credits
    Art (ARTE), Bible (BIBL), Drama (DRAM), English (ENGL), History (HIST), Language (LANG), Music (MUSI), or Theology (THEO)

Social Sciences: 9

  • 6 credits in this area must be from Writing Practice courses* (see course descriptions  for applicability)
  • Select a minimum of two disciplines from the following:
    Business Administration (BUSM), Communication (except COMM 1213), Economics, Education (EDUC), Geography (GEOG), Health & Fitness (PEDU), Management (BMGT), Marketing (BMKT), Philosophy (PHIL), Political Science (PSCI), Psychology (PSYC), or Sociology/Anthropology (SOCI)

Science and Mathematics: 7

  • MATH xxxx - College-level Mathematics 3 credits
  • SCIE xxxx - Science course with Lab 4 credits

Formation and Calling: 5

Core Electives: 9

Any college-level courses

Political Science Major Core Requirements: 43-45

Integration: 3

History: 3

  • HIST 3/4xx3 Any upper-division History course 3 credits

Subfield Concentrations: 15-16

Select from one of the following concentrations, detailed on the following page

American Studies: 15-16

(Best Semester in Washington, DC)

  • PSCI 4948 American Studies Internships 8-9 credits*
  • PSCI 4991 Professional Mentorship (optional)1 credits

ASP Program Tracks (select one)

Strategic Communication Track (spring only) 6 credits

  • PSCI 48x3 Case Studies in Strategic Communication 
  • PSCI 48x3 Advocacy and Development

Public Policy Initiatives Track 6 credits

  • PSCI 48x3 Public Policy Research Policy
  • PSCI 48x3 Policy Advocacy and Diplomacy Field Seminar

*Students who choose the American Studies concentration will be exempted from the internship requirement for the major.


ASP Program Tracks

(select one)

Global Development Enterprise Track: 6

  • IDIS 4823 - Entrepreneurship and Global Development Research Seminar
  • PSCI 4803 - Global Development Partnership Project
Public Policy Initiatives Track: 6

  • PSCI 4813 - Applied Politics and Public Policy Seminar
  • PSCI 4823 - Public Policy Research Policy

General Studies: 15

  • 3 credits
  • PSCI 3/4xx3 any upper-division course in American Politics 3 credits

    PSCI 3/4xx3 any upper-division course in International Politics 3 credits

    PSCI 3/4xx3 any upper-division course in Political Science 6 credits

Capstone Experience: 4

General Electives: 20-22

Any college-level courses or students may choose a minor course of study in another subject area

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