Online Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

The Political Science major 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 public service 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, the politics and public policy program provides students with a background in the structure and trends of America’s political order and prepares them for public service.

Major Objectives

Upon graduating from the major, students should be able to:
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    Integrate Christian principles in critical thinking and decision-making in political science.
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    Understand U.S. political structure and historyhow politics influences and is influenced by the contemporary culture.
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    Critically examine concepts and theories regarding the interaction of faith and politics.
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    Gather and analyze data regarding political behavior and create work that provides a reasonable interpretation of data.
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    Produce written work and/or other materials at an advanced level, appropriate for entering graduate school or a vocation.

GENERAL EDUCATION45 CREDITS

Research and Professional Development Skills Required:
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    This course focuses on digital research and writing skills that support academic and professional success. Students will also be introduced to online tools for practical, academic, and professional development.
     
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    Remaining General Education Courses42 Credits

GENERAL ELECTIVES39 CREDITS

POLITICAL SCIENCE REQUIRED COURSES36 CREDITS

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    Introduction Politics & Public Service3 Credits
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    U.S. Politics / Law6 Credits
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    International Relations3 Credits
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    Political Theory3 Credits
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    Senior Seminar / Thesis / Internship3 Credits

Students must select 18 credits of Political Science electives and 24 credits at the 3000-level or above.

Available Political Science Courses:
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    Introduction to Political Science introduces students to the various fields of Political Theory, U.S. Politics, and International Relations. This course emphasizes learning to identify and evaluate arguments and the evidence that authors use to support them.
    (Prerequisite: ENG3000)
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    American Government introduces you to the institutions and processes of American government (the Constitution, Congress, Presidency, Courts, etc.) and reinforces the processes of analysis you will employ during your study within a Biblical worldview.
     
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    Modern United States Politics is a study of the most significant economic, political, social, and international relations issues facing the nation and the ways Americans are attempting to solve such issues. The course will specifically focus on the rise of an imperial presidency and its attendant bureaucracy, increasing partisanship, and threats to individual liberty since 1970.
     
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    Foreign Policy and International Relations is an analysis of the formation of U.S. foreign policy. Special emphasis will be given to diplomatic relations and the organizations that implement the U.S. foreign policy.
    (Prerequisite: POL2000)
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    Media and Public Opinion is an analysis of the influence of the media on the opinions of the citizenry and public policy. Special emphasis will be given to the interaction among the media, elected officials, and interest groups.
     
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    This course considers American political thought as it influences the ongoing transformation of western political trends. Consideration will be given to the cultural, social, and economic influences that have shaped recent trends.
    (Prerequisite: POL2000)
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    This course considers the influence of federalism on U.S. life and politics since the Constitution. Consideration will be given to the cultural, social, and economic influences that shaped recent trends.
    (Prerequisite: POL2000)
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    This course considers the role of public administration in the U.S. system of government and its influence on U.S. life and politics since the Constitution. Consideration will be given to the creation and execution of public laws, court decisions, and public policies that influence the constitutional form of government.
    (Prerequisite: POL2000)
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    This course introduces students to Christian engagement in public discourse. Students will analyze various social issues with respect to a biblical worldview and consider how those issues influence the activity within local and national governmental structures and the relationship between the Church and the public square.
    (Prerequisite: POL2000)
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    This course introduces students to the challenges associated with the leadership and administration of a non-profit organization. Students will consider various leadership and management practices that support the ongoing activity of a non-profit organization while exploring the interaction of governmental regulation, fundraising, strategic planning, organizational mission, and volunteer management.
    (Prerequisite: POL2000)
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    Constitutional Law is an analysis of the crucial issues concerning the Constitution of the United States, its context, its interpretation, and its relationship to the states over the course of the history of the United States. Special emphasis will be given to major Supreme Court decisions, Supreme Court Justices, expert commentary, and a Christian worldview.
     
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    Senior Seminar/Thesis/Internship3 Credits

Total120 Credit Hours

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