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About the BA in Political Science Degree

Why Study Political Science at Cedarville?

Cedarville’s BA in political science is distinctly Christian, intentionally rigorous, and broadly focused. In this program, you will be prepared for a career in domestic and international affairs, campaign management, interest groups, journalism, and a host of other options. You'll also be ready for advanced study in law, American politics, international relations, or political philosophy. Whether you plan to jump into a career or continue on to graduate school, the political science program is a great choice.

Political science is more than a discussion of attention-grabbing headlines — it is the study of human behavior, justice, civic responsibility, and myriad topics, all grounded in biblical truth. If you love politics and want to explore God’s purpose for government, developing a coherent idea of Christian citizenship, come study with like-minded peers. You will graduate with personal connections and a deeper understanding of biblical truths as they apply in our modern world, fully equipped to live a life that glorifies Christ.

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What Sets Cedarville Apart?

Program Overview

Program Highlights

Broad Curriculum — Our political science program exposes you to a breadth of knowledge in American and international politics, political philosophy, and law, all while encouraging you to examine contemporary political issues at all levels of government.

Biblical Integration — Political science at Cedarville integrates the Christian faith with politics. What does Scripture tell us about the role of government in our world? How has human nature led to conflicts among nations? What truths in God’s Word can be applied to all citizens living in an indirect democracy like the United States? You’ll discover how politics and faith intersect.

Real-world Political Exposure — You'll have an opportunity to experience a semester in Washington, D.C., getting a firsthand look at politics in our nation's capital. As part of D.C. Semester, you'll also be able to complete a valuable internship.

What Can You Do With a Political Science Degree?

Political science students develop a diverse skill set that leads to an array of career paths. A solid understanding of the political system leads some graduates to work for elected politicians, on campaigns, or in governmental agencies. Others use their knowledge and analytical skills to work in "think tanks," nonprofits, and private corporations. Many of our graduates also take advanced degrees in law, political science, and public administration. Simply put, our students develop oral and written communication skills, and they learn to reason critically, analytically, and quantitatively. This prepares them for success in a plethora of fields.

Political Science graduates can pursue careers in:

  • Campaign Management
  • Federal Government
  • Interest Groups
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Non-governmental Organizations
  • Public and International Affairs
  • State and Local Government
  • Teaching

Our graduates are working at places such as:

  • Americans for Prosperity
  • Family Research Council
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • FreedomWorks
  • Government Accounting Office
  • Law firms in Boston; Washington, D.C.; Cleveland; Minneapolis; Dayton; Denver; and elsewhere
  • U.S. House of Representatives
  • U.S. military
  • U.S. Senate
  • Williams Companies
  • Yelp

Our graduates are studying at schools such as:

  • Case Western
  • Georgetown
  • Indiana University
  • Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
  • University of Dallas
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Virginia
  • Washington University

Graduate and professional programs and employers welcome Cedarville University graduates each year. It is important to note that some professional career fields you may pursue require additional education, experience, and/or licensure beyond the completion of your Cedarville University undergraduate degree.

Placement Success

We're proud of our successful graduates! 100% of recent graduates from the Department of History and Government were employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation. Check out Cedarville's other placement rates.

Opportunities to Learn Outside the Classroom

Internships in Washington, D.C. — You can join fellow students and a faculty member for a life-changing D.C. Semester experience of learning, development, and service. As part of your D.C. experience, you will complete a valuable real-world internship that will help you decide what career options to pursue, build your résumé, and provide experience that sets you apart from those you will be competing against in the job market. As part of D.C. Semester, our students have interned at the U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, The Heritage Foundation, American Enterprise Institute, FreedomWorks, National Republican Senatorial Committee, the Republican National Committee, the Secret Service, Department of Homeland Security, among others.

The Center for Political Studies — Discover biblical responses to the political and social issues of our day. Center Director Dr. Mark Caleb Smith is highly sought after by local media as an expert on state and national political issues. Explore the Center for Political Studies.

Program Curriculum

Building on your core liberal arts and Bible minor courses, you will take courses in a variety of areas, including law, political philosophy, international relations, and American government. You will get a well-rounded education in politics, plus the ability to dig deeper, through seminar courses, in areas of special interest like religion and politics, campaigns and elections, nationalism, constitutional law, and key political thinkers such as Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, Machiavelli, Locke, and Tocqueville.

Sample courses:

  • American Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties and Rights
  • Campaigns and Elections

Program Format and Related Programs

Cedarville offers both graduate and undergraduate programs, with flexible completion options. You may also want to consider these related programs as you consider the degree or program that is a best fit for you.

Program Level and Format

  • Undergraduate
  • Residential
  • 4-Year
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From Our Students:

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Program Faculty

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Mark Caleb Smith, PhD

Dean, School of Arts and Humanities; Director of the Center for Political Studies; Professor of Political Science


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Glen Duerr, PhD

Chair, History and Government; Professor of International Studies


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Deborah Groen, PhD

Assistant Professor of Political Science


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Christine Kim, PhD

Assistant Professor of International Studies


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Justin Lyons, PhD

Associate Professor of Political Science


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Kevin Sims, PhD

Senior Professor of Political Science


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