Daniel Young Professor of Political Science; Department Chair


Ph.D., Temple University
M.P.I.A., University of Pittsburgh
B.A., Calvin College

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Dr. Young is a political theorist with research interests in modern political thought, the political theory of international relations, and the intersection of theology and political theory. He has presented papers at several academic conferences in the United States and has authored articles, book chapters, and book reviews. His current research is on the relationship of political liberalism and natural law.

PSC105SS - Liberalism and its Critics

(4 credits)(IGE option under Self and Society) A survey of contemporary political ideologies such as liberalism, conservatism, socialism, and others, with a special focus on liberalism as the dominant political and economic ideology of our time. Students will seek to understand the relevance of these ideologies for public policy, and will seek to develop a Christian perspective on, and critique of, contemporary ideologies.

PSC120HP - The Cold War and Beyond: International History Since 1945

(Fulfills IGE Historical Perspectives requirement) A survey of international history since the end of World War II, with afocus on the Cold War and its global impact. The major aim of this course isfor students to understand the time we live in now by exploring recentinternational history. A major theme is the interaction between powerpolitics and ideology. We will also note the various possible historicalnarratives that can be told about the same time period. (4 credits)

PSC230 - International Relations

An introduction to basic concepts in the study of the modern states system. We will study especially the problem of war and diplomacy in an "anarchical society." In addition, we will explore some Christian perspectives on the theory and practice of international relations, especially the contested concept of sovereignty. (4 credits, alternate years, consult department)

PSC235 - Comparative Politics

A broad survey of politics, political change, political institutions and public policy in several selected countries from different continents. Contrasts with the United States are emphasized and special attention is paid to historical development, ideological, religious and social factors. (4 credits)

PSC310WI - History of Political Thought

(4 credits)(Writing intensive) A survey of the history of Westernpolitical thought, through study of selected major thinkers in thetradition. Emphasis will be placed both on each thinker's politicaltheory and how it fits in with the broader history of Western politicalthought.

PSC325 - American Political Thought

A survey of the historical development of American political thought with attention to significant American political thinkers from the colonial period to the present. Special emphasis will be given to the uneasy relationship between liberalism and democracy and the interaction between American political institutions and culture. (4 credits, non-yearly, consult department) (American politics)

PSC330 - Topics in International Problems

This course explores a particular problem in international politics, using descriptive, theoretical and normative perspectives. Issues addressed may include war, ethics and foreign policy, and hunger. We will explore relevant Christian thinking to assess proposed solutions.(2-4 credits, non-yearly, consult department)

PSC350 - Special Topics

A study of political themes or issues not fully covered in other courses in response to student or faculty interests.(2 or 4 credits, non-yearly, consult department)

“Natural Law and Agonistic Pluralism.” The Northwestern Review 1:1 (2016).

"MacIntyre, Alasdair C." in The Encyclopedia of Political Thought (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014)

“Escape from Machiavellianism? Thomist Themes in Twentieth Century Political Realism.” Politics and Religion (December 2011)

"International Institutions and the Problem of Judgment" in Christianity and Power Politics Today: Christian Realism and Contemporary Political Dilemmas, edited by Eric Patterson (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008).

"Martin Wight: Politics in the Era of Leviathan" in The Christian Realists: Reassessing the Contributions of Niebuhr and his Contemporaries, edited by Eric Patterson (University Press of America, 2003).

Association for Political Theory

Christians in Political Science

International Society for MacIntyrean Enquiry