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Compass Roadmap | Political Science

Begin Your Journey
First Year
Pursue Community
Second Year
Pursue Hospitality
Third Year
Pursue Calling
Fourth Year
Pursue Wisdom
Grow Intellectually
  • Meet department faculty during Wildcat Week
  • Create a POLS-related bibliography in Cornerstone
  • Explore departmental minors (e.g., public service, legal studies, criminal justice)
  • Explore the life of Jesus and the New Testament church in BIBL 101 and 102

  • Support your peers by attending ACU's URCI Festival
  • Explore the Old Testament in BIBL 211
  • Attend meetings about scholarly and graduate opportunities
  • Gain a variety of perspectives by helping to host alumni or guest speakers
  • Apply for the Jack Pope Fellows Program

  • Engage in a faculty-mentored research or creative project
  • Participate in information literacy workshop
  • Develop your research skills by completing POLS 315: Research Methods
  • Apply for a major scholarship
  • Present at the URCI Festival or other conference

  • Present for a second time at the URCI
  • Complete your Capstone course POLS 499: Public Service Internship
Grow Spiritually
  • Participate in Chapel, including Departmental Chapel
  • Experience Candlelight Devo during Wildcat Week
  • Participate in the life of a local Church
  • Engage in practices of meal fellowship, testimony and breath prayer
  • Engage in spiritual formation off campus by completing a Weekend Campaign or Spring Break Service Trip

  • Participate in Chapel, including Department Chapel
  • Participate in the life of a local church
  • Learn about service opportunities at the Local Missions Fair
  • Volunteer in the Abilene community
  • Participate in the life of a local church
  • Engage in practices of intercessory prayer, pilgrimage and journaling
  • Participate in Chapel, including Department Chapel
  • Gain hands-on ministry experience on a Global Service Trip
  • Explore your vocational pathway by attending Summit
  • Engage in practices of silence, spiritual listening and examen
  • Participate in Chapel, including Department Chapel
  • Engage in a local church
  • Experience Candlelight Sendoff
  • Engage in practices of friendship, relinquishment and developing a rule of life
  • Receive and extend blessings at the POLS/CJ BBQ and Senior Blessing
  • Explore different philosophical approaches to life in BIBP 486: Ethics
Grow Personally
  • Take StrengthsFinder and reflect on your results
  • Be involved in the ACU community by joining a student organization
  • Identify a potential faculty, staff or older student mentor in the department
  • Care for your whole person by developing a Personal Exercise Prescription
  • Identify a potential faculty, staff or older student mentor in the department
  • Grow as a leader through ACU LEADS: Emerging Leaders

  • Take advantage of recreation opportunities on campus at theRec Center and/or Play Intramurals
  • Actively engage in a student organization
  • Develop personal relationships within your department by sharing a meal with peers in a professor's home

  • Develop your leadership skills while serving in a leadership role on campus
  • Lead in a church ministry or local service organization

  • Serve in a leadership role and mentor future students
  • Lead a student club or organization

Grow Culturally
  • Attend Events Hosted by the International Students Association (ISA)
  • Participate in Study Abroad in Oxford, Leipzig or Montevideo
  • Expand your cultural knowledge by taking a foreign language course
  • Attend Events hosted by the Carl Spain Center on Race Studies and Spiritual Action
  • Participate in a World Wide Witness summer internship
  • Volunteer or intern at International Rescue Committee
  • Apply to Fulbright, AmeriCorps or International Service
  • Lead an OMA ISA or Carl Spain Center event
Grow Professionally
  • Activate your Handshake profile and take the Career Explorer Inventory through ACU's Career Development Center
  • Learn new creative possibilities through Creative U
  • Create a resume and discuss your career plan with a professor
  • Update your resume and participate in a mock interview with Career Services
  • Get a summer job or internship related to your field of interest
  • Identify ACU alumni in your career field of interest

  • Research graduate schools that interest you
  • Identify faculty members who could write recommendations
  • Create a LinkedIn Profile
  • Prepare for the LSAT and/or GRE
  • Meet with a professor to discuss internship, career path and post-graduate opportunities
  • Finalize your resume
  • Secure letters of recommendation
  • Apply for jobs and/or graduate school
  • Complete first destination survey
  • Take LSAT and/or GRE