Political Science, B.A.

Mission

The mission of the Political Science program is to educate Christian men and women in political science in order to produce thinking Christians who demonstrate a broad understanding of the art and science of politics, based on a biblical foundation and worldview; who understand and apply biblical knowledge, Christian virtues, and ethical principles to politics; and who demonstrate entry-level professional skills necessary for success in politics and related fields.

Vision

The vision of the Biola University Political Science department is to develop a movement of men and women suitably trained in mind and character whom God may entrust with positions of influence within government, law, and public policy.

Degree Program

A Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science is offered upon completion of the University baccalaureate and major requirements. A concentration in Public Administration is also available. The Political Science major requires 40 credits, 24 of which must be upper-division.

Off-Campus Programs

American Studies Program

Biola University cooperates with the American Studies Program in Washington, D.C. This program provides work/study opportunities for students each semester in all of the disciplines offered at Biola, especially political science. Based on the principle of integrating faith, learning and living, students are invited to spend time in the nation's capital serving as interns, participating in an academic seminar program and living in a unique community of Christians from different geographical regions and denominational backgrounds.

The American Studies Program is designed for juniors and seniors with a wide range of academic majors and vocational interests. Students are involved in the American Studies Program for either the fall or spring semester, earning 16 semester credits in the internship and study seminars. A student may earn all 16 credits in Political Science or 13 credits in Political Science and 3 credits in Bible, if desired. POSC 225 or POSC 250 is a prerequisite to the program.

Biola Washington, D.C. Study Tour

Biola students in the Biola: Washington, DC Program spend five-six weeks completing short-term internships in Washington, DC and studying political science with Biola professors. The program runs in partnership with the CCCU’s American Studies Program in Washington, DC, and capitalizes on ASP’s relationships in Washington to establish internships for our students. Students will earn 3 hours of internship credit and 3 hours of POSC credit.

The purposes of the program are to provide hands-on learning experiences and develop professional skills; to help students experience the unique world of national politics and consider the Godly calling of public service; and, to motivate students to dig deeper and challenge themselves in their studies. 

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, students will be able to:

  1. Identify key figures and articulate important ideas of political theory, and apply them to current trends and events in politics (ULO 1).
  2. Demonstrate competent knowledge of world geography, comparative political systems, and the principles of international relations (ULO 1).
  3. Articulate Constitutional principles and apply them to the institutions and challenges in current American politics (ULO 1).
  4. Articulate the integration of political science with a biblical worldview (ULO 2).
  5. Engage their future vocation in political science as faithful stewards of God's calling, and understand their rights and duties as responsible citizens in a diverse polity (ULO 2).
  6. Demonstrate growing skills at critical thinking and analysis, and communicate and defend their ideas persuasively and cogently, on the basis of evidence and sound research (ULO 3).

Each Program Learning Outcome (PLO) listed above references at least one of the University Learning Outcomes (ULO 1, 2, 3), which may be found in the General Information section of this catalog.

Major Requirements

General Education Requirements
Political Science majors preparing for graduate school should include a foreign language in their program. Seek advice from the department.
Students must take the following History courses to fulfill the U.S. and World History requirement:
United States History to 1865
World Civilizations II
Core Requirements
The following Political Science courses are required, which include at least one course in each of the following categories: American Government, International Politics, Political Theory.
All students must take:
POSC 204Principles of Economics4
POSC 208World Politics3
POSC 250Foundations of the American Political System3
POSC 256Virtue, Citizenship, and Politics3
POSC 290Political Science Research Methods3
POSC 490Internship in Political Science3
POSC 499Senior Seminar3
Select one of the following American Government courses:3
Fundamentals of Public Administration
The American Presidency
Economic History of the United States
Political Parties and the Electoral Process
Legislation
American Constitutional Law
Courts and Public Policy
Select one of the following International Politics courses:3
Liberty and the Free Market in England
Foreign Policy and Diplomacy
National Security Strategy and Military Affairs
Politics of Global Terrorism
Wealth and Justice
International Organizations and Political Economy
Strategic Intelligence
Select one of the following Political Theory courses:3
Political Philosophy – Ancient
Political Philosophy – Modern
Church and State Relations
Elective Requirements
Select three upper-division POSC courses9
Total Credits40

Concentrations

Public Administration

Students interested in public service at the municipal, county, state or federal level are advised to major in Political Science with a concentration in Public Administration.

Concentration-Specific Requirements
In addition to the Political Science major requirements, the Public Administration concentration includes the courses listed below. These Public Administration concentration credits also fulfill the Political Science major upper-division elective credits outlined above. For advisement, contact the History and Political Science Department.
POSC 301Fundamentals of Public Administration3
POSC 488Internship and Research Project9
Select one of the following:3
Public Policy
Public Law
Personnel and Human Resources Management
Total Credits15

History: Secondary Instruction

The History: Secondary Instruction concentration prepares students for teaching the social sciences, including Political Science. For Information see the description under the History major.