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Political Science

Bachelor of Arts

OCU’s program in Political Science invites students to reflect upon the ideas, movements, leaders, and cultural influences that shaped the political landscape of the American Republic in the past and continues to alter America’s politics in the present.  Going beyond an understanding of politics and political institutions, the program’s faculty seek to influence tomorrow’s leaders in Political Science toward an ethical vision of government action within the framework of a Christian worldview.  Through exposure to a broad set of readings, experiences, and other work, OCU’s Political Science program provides students with a background in the structure and trends of America’s political order and prepares them for public service.

Program Objectives

Upon graduating from the program, students should be able to:

  • Integrate Christian principles in critical thinking and decision-making in Political Science;
  • Understand U.S. political structure and history--  how politics influences and is influenced by the contemporary culture;
  • Critically examine concepts and theories regarding the interaction of faith and Political Science 
  • Gather and analyze data regarding political behavior and create work that provides a reasonable interpretation of data;
  • Produce written work and/or other materials at an advanced level, appropriate for entering graduate school or a vocation.

Required Courses

General Education

Standard AGS requirements

Bible, Theology & Leadership

PH3000 Transformed Worldview
CM3100 Concepts of Leadership
ET3000  Ethics
CM3000 Christian Excellence

Political Science Major

36 credit hours of Political Science courses
24 credit hours at the 3000-level or above
Introduction Political Science – 3 credits
U.S. Politics / Law – 6 credits
International Relations – 3 credits
Political theory – 3 credits
Senior Seminar / Thesis / Internship – 3 Credits