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. The Political Science major requires 39 credits, 24 of which must be upper-division. For students interested in teaching the History: Secondary Instruction concentration offered under History, B.A. prepares students for teaching the social sciences, including political science.

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.

Curriculum Requirements

Program-Specific Core Curriculum Courses
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 (Torrey Courses fulfill these requirements):
World Civilizations II
United States History To 1865
Program Courses
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 211Introduction to Political Economy3
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 three upper-division POSC courses9
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
Total Credits39

NOTE: The course sequence table is designed by the major department and is one way that the classes will work out properly in sequence for your major. However, there are alternative or flexible ways to rotate some of the classes within the same year/level and sometimes between year levels. Please contact your major department advisor to discuss flexible alternatives in scheduling the sequence of your classes.

Taking coursework during the summer session may also be an option to accelerate your degree path.

See Core Curriculum Program section for a list of approved Core Curriculum courses.

Political Science, B.A.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 103 or 1653BBST 103 or 1653
POSC 2503HIST 200 (required)3
ENGL 100 or 1123POSC 2563
Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)4Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)4
HIST 101 (required)3KNES 1071
GNST 1021 
 17 14
Total Credits 31
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 209 or 2103BBST 209 or 2103
POSC 2083POSC 2113
POSC 2903Communication (see Core Curriculum)3
Science (see Core Curriculum)3Literature (see Core Curriculum)3
MATH 1211General Elective3
 Writing Competency Requirement
 13 15
Total Credits 28
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 2513BBST 3543
American, International or Political Theory class3American, International or Political Theory class3
POSC Elective (upper-division)3POST Elective (upper-division)3
Behavioral Science (see Core Curriculum)3ENGL 3133
MATH 1221MATH 1231
KNES Activity (see Core Curriculum)1Fine Arts (see Core Curriculum)3
 Graduation Petition due in Registrar's Office
 14 16
Total Credits 30
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 300/400 Bible Elective3BBST 4653
BBST 3653BBST 306, 316, or 3263
American, International or Political Theory class3POSC 4903
General Elective4POSC Elective (upper-division)3
POSC 4993Philosophy (see Core Curriculum)3
 16 15
Total Credits 31