Political Science

Government, according to the Bible, is intended to restrain evil, secure justice and promote order in society.

The political science department strives to understand governments and political phenomena as well as discover what a just and stable political system might look like.

The goal of this department is to provide a consciously Christian political science education which is academically sound and firmly grounded in an understanding of government and politics.

The courses offered by the department will give you the opportunity to explore many dimensions of government, politics, and policy in the United States, relations between nations, issues of global importance, and different political systems of several nations.

These courses will also help prepare you to assume your responsibilities and rights as a Christian citizen. A broader study of political science will prepare you for a career in public service, law, journalism, politics, teaching and for advanced work at the graduate level.

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Major requirements

PSC 101SS - American Government
(4 credits)(IGE option under Self and Society) A broad survey of the major political and governmental institutions in the United States, this course examines how citizens attempt to influence their government and how the government responds. The course also develops the foundations for a biblical perspective on the role of government and the task of citizens.
PSC 105SS - 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.
PSC 310WIx - History of Political Thought
PSC 320 - Christians and the Political Order
This course centers on the implications of the Christian faith for Christians in the political order. We will explore historical and current Christian interpretations of the role of government in society, distilling biblical values which undergird them. Prerequisite: junior standing, or permission of the instructor. (4 credits, alternate years, consult department) (American politics)
Political science electives: 10 credits
Choose one course: 4 credits
PSC 220 - Politics and Public Policy
A general examination of domestic and foreign policies of the United States. Education, health care, civil rights and economic policy are among the various polices explored. Particular attention is given to the differences between Christian liberal and Christian conservative policy perspectives of problems such as crime, discrimination, poverty, degradation of the environment and others. (4 credits, alternate years, consult department) (American politics)
PSC 225WI - Introduction to Law
This course briefly surveys the landscape of the American legal system. Most of the course, however, is devoted to examining significant constitutional issues, such as government powers, civil rights and civil liberties. (4 credits; alternate years, consult department) (Writing intensive)
Choose one course: 4 credits
PSC 130SS - War, Terrorism, and Globalization
(4 credits, alternate years, consult department) This course investigates war and terrorism in a globalized world. We will examine possible causes of international conflict and the obstacles to peaceful solutions, as well as studying the various aspects of globalization (political, economic, social, etc.) as the context in which these issues take place.
PSC 235CC - Comparative Politics
A survey of the politics of several countries from different continents. Special attention is paid to historical development and ideological, religious, and cultural factors affecting a country's politics. (4 credits) (NWCore option under Cross-Cultural Engagement)
Choose one course: 2-4 credits
PSC 330 - 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)
PSC 340 - Topics in American Politics and Institutions
An examination and analysis of one of the following three aspects of the American political system: the presidency, the Congress or political behavior. The latter consists of voting behavior and the role, character and political strength of interest groups and political parties. Each time the course is taught the student will be offered an opportunity to increase his or her understanding of one of these critical components of the American political system. (2 credits, non-yearly, consult department) (American politics)

Cognate requirements

Choose one sequence: 4-7 credits
ECO 101 - Survey of Economics
ECO 213 - Principles of Microeconomics
Microeconomics deals with price determination and how the price system functions. Supply and demand, output, competition, monopoly, resource pricing, international trade and finance will be studied. (4 credits)
ECO 214 - Principles of Macroeconomics
Macroeconomics concerns itself with economic aggregates such as inflation, unemployment, recessions, national debt, and international trades. Macroeconomic models will be introduced. These models will be used to understand the application of monetary and fiscal policy. Prerequisite: ECO213. (4 credits)

Total credits required: 40-45


* Political science majors who wish to receive their secondary education endorsement must take 24 credit hours of course work with an American politics emphasis.