BA in Government & Public Service

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The Government and Public Service program is a faith-based program designed to prepare students to serve God and society by giving students the educational background to analyze and evaluate government policy and its importance on liberties, culture, employment, and business performance. Unlike most government relations or political science programs, the OCU Government and Public Service Program requires students to be versed in numerous aspects of business, economics, and related fields. Students will be prepared to exercise their Christian worldview no matter what field they enter.

Objectives

On completion of the program, students should be able to:
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    Work in private and non-profit sectors that require knowledge of government and politics.
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    Integrate a Christian worldview into critical thinking and decision-making related to the field of Government Relations.
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    Analyze and evaluate public policy and its impact on a nation and its people.
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    Evaluate the impact of government actions on the quality of life and freedoms of its citizens.
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    Formulate government policies that would improve economic and business performance of a nation.
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    Explain the impacts that critical events, formative documents, and political actions have had on American culture and history.
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    Provide an argument for the rights Americans may exercise in relation to their freedoms—with specific emphasis on religious rights.

GENERAL EDUCATION CORE 49 HOURS

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    Designed to support students experiencing academic, personal, and spiritual transition to Ohio Christian University. Academic advising, finances, time management, study skills, and resources available to students. Overview of what new students can expect from a university experience. Acclimation to the unique OCU community environment.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisites: None
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    Developing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle for achieving individual potential in all dimensions of wellness. Includes creation of short- and long-term fitness goals and fitness assessment activities for healthy habits. Required for all students.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisites: None
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    Weekly chapel services and other events designed to integrate spiritual, academic, and community life, and to engage the campus community in worship, biblically rooted teaching, and a deepening relationship with Jesus Christ.
     
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    Classroom introduction to the Christian Service program, including the rationale, policies, and procedures for Christian Service at Ohio Christian University, and field engagement in approved service learning experiences, including ministry and response to the needs of the community.
     
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    Field engagement in approved service learning experiences, including ministry and response to the needs of the community. This course does not have a scheduled class time. To earn credit, students independently arrange service opportunities with the approval of the Christian Service instructor, and submit online reports.
     

SF100 and CS071 requirements are prorated in certain instances.

REASONING SKILLS7 HOURS

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    Mathematical thinking encountered in college courses, careers, and everyday life. Quantitative reasoning skills needed to understand problem solving, money management, and growth models.
    Prerequisite: SI094 (recommended), SI092, SI096, or ACT math score of 19 or higher
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    Science Elective with Lab 4

COMMUNICATION SKILLS 9 HOURS

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    An introductory study of composition emphasizing writing as a process (prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing). Assignments focus on the different styles and uses of argument. Students gain and refine skills of developing a thesis, organizing content, controlling tone, and expressing ideas in clearly communicated language. In addition, students conduct library research and incorporate researched material into papers using APA format.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None
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    An intermediate course designed to extend and refine students’ expository and creative writing experiences. Student writing will reflect university-level writing skills, such as principles of logical/critical thinking and reasoning, effective organization, APA research and documentation, and content-rich development of ideas.
    Offered: Spring Recommended: LA101
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    Skills for effective and professional business communications in written, oral, and non-verbal forms, including communication theory, business communication principles, developing and delivering oral presentations, composing business messages, and preparing business reports.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None

SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES 6 HOURS

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    A comprehensive survey of the field of psychology, including historical and theoretical foundations, with special emphasis on contemporary scientific research and empirical applications, within a Christian perspective and a biopsychosocial approach.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None
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    The scientific study of society, institutions, and group interaction, with focus on the sociological imagination and core theories. Topics include the sociological perspective, the individual in society, stratification and social inequality, social intuitions, human ecology, and social change, with special attention to issues of diversity.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None

HUMANITIES 11 HOURS

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    Fine Arts Electives 2
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    Literature Elective3
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    History Elective3
Choose one of the following:
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    Overview of philosophical vocabulary and concepts, and a historical survey of the development of western philosophy. Basic understanding of the main currents in western thought and their relationships to each other.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None
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    Introduction to logic and ethics including methodologies for applying those disciplines in Christian ministry and other vocations. Induction and deduction, principles of clean statement and valid reasoning, and fallacies. Moral theories of philosophical schools and their relationship to the development of a biblical ethic.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None

GENERAL EDUCATION ELECTIVES3 HOURS

BIBLICAL LITERATURE, RELIGION, AND THEOLOGY 11 HOURS

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    Introduction to the New Testament narrative and teachings that constitute the Gospel message about Jesus Christ. Special attention to the narratives found within the four Gospels, their relationship to one another and the Book of Acts. Basic instruction in inductive Bible study method. Note: NT102 is a prerequisite for all other New Testament courses.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None
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    Introduction to the Old Testament narrative with special attention to the Torah (the first five books). Emphasis on historical backgrounds, origins of the Israelite nation, and Hebrew worship. Note: OT101 is a prerequisite for all other Old Testament courses.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None
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    Introduction to worldview and a survey of the plurality of worldviews in western culture. Special attention to the Christian worldview and how competing worldviews challenge and reinforce it. Basic instruction in creedal Christianity assists students in understanding and embracing the uniqueness of Christianity, enabling more effective communication of the Christian faith.
    Offered: Every semester Prerequisite: None
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    The Christian experience of spiritual redemption and sanctification examined in the light of its scriptural foundations as taught by theologians within the Wesleyan/Armenian tradition. Designed for non-religion majors.
    Offered: Every semester Prerequisites: TH100, OT101, NT102

GOVERNMENT AND PUBLIC SERVICE MAJOR 57 HOURS

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    Economic principles related to global and national economies, income accounting, unemployment, inflation, fiscal policy, public debt, monetary systems, and economic growth or retraction.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None
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    Government and politics in the United States with emphasis on government and political structures and the development of the enduring form of American government.
    Offered: Every semester Prerequisite: None
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    U.S. state and local governmental structures and their rights, with comparison to the federal form of government.
    Offered: Spring, even semester Prerequisites: GOV101, SS205, SS206
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    The legislative processes and procedures of Congress, including law-making, policy-making, the passage of laws, and acts of the legislature.
    Offered: Spring, even semester Prerequisite: GOV101, SS205, SS206
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    The influence of the Media on public policy and the opinions of citizens, with emphasis on interaction between the media, elected officials, and other interest groups.
    Offered: Fall, even semester Prerequisite: GOV101, SS205, SS206
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    Directed internship in a variety of public and private organizations dedicated toward government operations or public policy. Students complete not less than 90 clock hours. Interns gain experience and apply knowledge gained in their course work, while obtaining feedback from the organization providing the internship. The student is responsible to arrange the internship.
    Offered: On demand Prerequisite: Permission, Dean of the School of Business and Government
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    Introduction to the public policy process in the U.S. with emphasis on policy analysis and the intended and unintended consequences of public policy.
    Offered: Fall, odd semester Prerequisite: GOV101, SS205, SS206
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    The federal judicial powers vested in the U.S. Supreme Court and the federal courts, with emphasis on decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court, American Federalism, the Constitution, and the civil rights of the American people.
    Offered: Every third spring Prerequisite: SS205, SS206, SS328
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    Foundations of business, including environment, planning, entrepreneurship, management, marketing, distribution, finances, and ethics. Introduction to business terms and concepts.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None
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    Management theories, principles, and philosophies, and the difference between management and leadership. This interdisciplinary course addresses the importance of a Christian worldview for leaders and managers as they influence, plan, organize, control, and lead for effectiveness.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: MG101
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    Methods and tools to interpret, evaluate, and analyze business data and determine the appropriate statistical methods for decision-making in business, especially the interpretation and integrity of charts, graphs, and other numerical and statistical presentation of data. The use of probability, distribution, sampling, simple linear regression, and correlation analysis in the presentation of business information.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: GenEd Math Requirement
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    Fundamental principles and practices of law and how it impacts business situations, including Christian ethics and proper business conduct, and the dynamic interaction between the individual, organization, and society.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: MG101
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    Continuation of the study of legal principles in modern business law with emphasis on corporation forms, international law, and the legal principles related to employment issues in the workplace.
    Offered: Spring, odd semester Prerequisite: MG411
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    Concepts, principles, and theories of political science with emphasis on comparative politics, American politics, and law and public policy.
    Offered: Every 3rd fall beginning 2019 Prerequisite: None
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    This course is an analysis of the influence of religion (specifically Judeo-Christian) upon political and government institutions and public policy. Special emphasis will be given to the Founding Fathers’ and other public figures religious views and influences.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None
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    Examination of significant events, ideas, issues, institutions, and personalities relevant to political, social, and economic developments in U.S. History from Industrialization to the present. Special emphasis on how changes and continuities of the past impact the present.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisites: None
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    Introduction to American politics with emphasis on national institutions, including the political theory of the American Constitution, relational aspects of the three branches of government, responsibilities of state and federal governments, and the role of the courts in interpreting the law.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisites: POL201
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    Continuation of American Political Institutions I, including historical and modern American campaigns and elections, issues raised in campaigns and elections, the influence of the campaign finance, media, interest groups, and their impact on public policy.
    Offered: Spring, odd semester Prerequisites: None

GOVERNMENT AND PUBLIC SERVICE ELECTIVES3 HOURS

Choose 3 hours from the courses below:
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    Overview of the criminal justice system: law enforcement, prosecution, courts, corrections, and security. Includes views from psychology, sociology, and criminology, and a Christian worldview. Students develop a personalized view of criminology and restorative justice.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None
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    Skill and techniques for negotiating, creating value, and mitigating disputes through application of negotiation theory. Preparation, planning, and strategy required for successful negotiations in a business context. Experiential learning exercises and simulations in international and domestic context.
    Offered: Fall, even semester Prerequisite: MG215

PROFESSIONAL ENGAGEMENT 0 HOURS

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    Students acquire a mentoring relationship with a public official for the academic year with reflection on “lessons learned” from the experience. A minimum of one personal meeting is required.
    Offered: Every semester Prerequisite: None
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    Students engage with government leaders from various levels of government in Washington D.C. to discuss how government theory and practice coincide.
    Offered: Every spring Prerequisite: None Pass/Fail
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    Roundtables with business leaders in small, medium, and large businesses demonstrate how theory and practice come together in the actual experiences of significant business people. Students interact and network with these business leaders during and after the roundtables.
    Offered: Every semester Prerequisite: None Pass/Fail
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    Students engage with significant experts and nationally recognized thought leaders hosted by the School of Business & Government.
    Offered: Every semester Prerequisite: None Pass/Fail
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    Offers students an opportunity to hear from accomplished business and leadership experts and see how a Christian worldview is applied in business and other leadership roles.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None Pass/Fail
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    Practical strategies and skills for career searches, job interviews, resume creation, networking, and career portfolio development. Developing career goals and plans. Includes six workshops and a networking dinner.
    Offered: Every semester Prerequisite: None Pass/Fail

ELECTIVES14 HOURS

Any credit-bearing course, 100-level or above

Program Total120 Hours

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