B.A. in Political Science

The political science major is designed to prepare students for advanced graduate education in the areas of American politics, international relations, political philosophy, and law. It also prepares students for careers in public policy analysis, international affairs, various levels of government, campaign management, interest groups, journalism, and many others. The need for Christians in the realm of politics and government has never been greater.


Suggested Four-Year Curriculum for a Major in Political Science

Course Number Course Name Course Hours
BEGE-1720 Spiritual Formation 3
COM-1100 Fundamentals of Speech 3
ENG-1400 Composition 3
GSS-1100 Politics and American Culture 3
HUM-1400 Introduction to the Humanities 3
PEF-1990 Physical Activity and the Christian Life 2
Biological Science Elective 3.5
Physical Science Elective 3.5
Electives 9
Total 33
Course Number Course Name Course Hours
BEGE-2730 Old Testament Literature 3
BEGE-2740 New Testament Literature 3
GSS-3630 Data Analysis and Research Methodology 3
POLS-2000 Introduction to Political Science 3
Humanities Elective 3
LIT-2XXX Literature Elective 3
Structures Electives 6
Electives 8
Total 32
Course Number Course Name Course Hours
BEGE-3755 Theology I 3
BEGE-3765 Theology II 3
POLS-3790 Comparative Politics 3
POLS-3650 International Relations 3
Behavior Electives 6
International Thought Electives 3
Political Thought Electives 6
Electives 6
Total 33
Course Number Course Name Course Hours
POLS-3600 Public Administration 3
POLS-4900 Research in Political Science 3
Law Elective 6
Electives 18
Total 30

Political Science Electives

Course Number Course Name Course Hours
POLS-2250 Politics and Popular Culture 3
POLS-3640 Campaigns and Elections 3
POLS-3690 Public Policy 3
POLS-4620 Church and State in America 3
Course Number Course Name Course Hours
POLS-3190 Global Issues 3
POLS-3200 History and Politics of Latin America 3
POLS-3210 History and Politics of Asia 3
POLS-3220 History and Politics of the Middle East 3
POLS-3400 History of American Foreign Policy 3
POLS-4050 Issues in International Diplomacy 3
Course Number Course Name Course Hours
POLS-3760 Jurisprudence 3
POLS-4630 American Constitutional Law-Civil Liberties and Rights 3
POLS-4640 American Constitutional Law-Government and Federalism 3
Course Number Course Name Course Hours
POLS-3710 History of Political Thought I 3
POLS-3720 History of Political Thought II 3
POLS-3730 American Political Thought 3
Course Number Course Name Course Hours
POLS-2620 American State and Local Government 3
POLS-3610 American State and Local Government 3
POLS-3630 Congress 3
POLS-3660 American Judicial System 3

Liberal Arts Core

The faculty of Cedarville, and particularly the faculty of the Department of History and Government believe in the value of the liberal arts core.  We want our graduates to be educated individuals, not just trained employees.  We recognize that both education and training are vital,  and we are convinced that in this day and age college graduates need to know how to learn as much as they need to know how to do a task.  The career experts suggest that graduates of colleges today will change careers 4-5 times in their lifetimes.  Those shifts require a certain set of skills that the liberal arts courses help to develop in our students.