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Political Science (BA)

Serve your community. Serve the world.

Passionate about politics? Interested in international affairs? Studying political science will give you an understanding of political ideas and processes, from local to global governments and institutions. You will also develop strong writing, research, and analytical skills, attractive traits to employers in all industries.

Our political science program was designed to give you the option to focus on world politics, through a Bachelor of Science, or on criminal justice, through a Bachelor of Arts.

A degree in political science is not just a perfect major for those looking to pursue domestic or international government service; it is also a foundation for careers in criminal justice, business, journalism and education -- and for entry into law school.

Program Overview

Credit hours University Requirements: 56 credit hours
+ Major Requirements: 45-46 credit hours (Choice of 2 tracks)
+ Electives: 26-27 credit hours
= Total Required: 128 credit hours*
*Based on track selection
Tracks 2
Department Political Science & Criminal Justice
School/College College of Arts and Sciences


You’ll take courses such as:

  • American Political Process
  • Early Political Theory
  • Comparative Public Policy
  • International Political Economy
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  • International Relations and Comparative Politics (B.A.)
  • Political Science (B.S.)

What can you do after graduation?

  • Policy Analyst
  • Mediator
  • Lobbyist
  • Political Correspondent
  • Public Affairs Research Analyst
  • State Legislator
  • Urban Policy Planner
  • Polling Analyst
  • Politician
  • Campaign Staff
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Experiential Learning Opportunities

Political science students can take part in a number of co-curricular opportunities, including:

  • Internships at all levels of the government
  • Jack Pope Fellows Program
  • International Justice Missions
  • Various political student groups
  • Wishing Well (service program)
  • Phi Eta Sigma (honor society for freshman majors

About the Department of Political Science & Criminal Justice

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The Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice gives students an understanding of domestic and international politics, along with criminal justice theory and practice, that prepares them for informed, active participation in the political arena and in public service.

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Ready to Be a Part?

We’re eager to see not only what you can accomplish with an ACU education, but how your unique perspective can enrich your fellow classmates and ACU as a whole.