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As a political science major at Fresno Pacific University, you’ll be prepared to meet the challenges of your community and beyond from a foundation of ethics, seeking justice, peace and prosperity. This program will provide you with an increased understanding of the political world—locally, nationally and internationally. Designed to introduce you to the discipline of political science, you’ll be engaged in political analysis and develop a critical understanding of politics and its place in human society. Whether you want to focus on U.S. foreign policy or are interested in nature laws, the flexibility within the major allows you to select courses of interest to you.

Highlights

  • Observe and examine political issues through an objective lens informed by a Christian worldview
  • Study in Washington, D.C. for a semester through the CCCU American Studies Program
  • Opportunities for participation in relevant clubs and extracurricular activities

Career opportunities

With this degree you’ll be prepared for a variety of careers in private and public political organizations, such as local government, journalism, international organizations, political campaigns, interest groups/associations and colleges or universities. You will also be equipped to pursue a wide area of careers including politics, public service, law, business and much, much more. Additionally, this degree will prepare you to pursue advance study.

Course listing

In order to obtain a bachelor’s degree from Fresno Pacific University, students must complete at least 120 units. Along with completing all required courses in their selected area of study, general education requirements must be met by all graduates. See the general education summary in the undergraduate academic catalog for more information.

Select programs may not provide enough units for a student to graduate and therefore an emphasis and/or elective courses must be completed alongside the major. Please see below for emphases related to this area of study.

General Education Prerequisites

CodeTitleUnits
HIST 150American Civilization4
ECON 101
or ECON 102
Principles of Microeconomics
or Principles of Macroeconomics
3
or 3
PHIL 100Introduction to Philosophy3
SOC 120Introduction to Sociology3

Required Courses (10 Courses, 31-34 Units)

Core Program (5 Courses, 16 Units)
CodeTitleUnits
PS 120American Politics and Society3
PS 390Religion and Politics in America *4

Select three of the following

CodeTitleUnits
PS 371American Law and Legal System3
PS 400Comparative Politics3
PS 420International Relations3
PS 450History of Political Theory and Ideas3
Breadth Program (18 Units Minimum)*

Select a minimum of five of the following

CodeTitleUnits
BUS 475Law and the Business Environment3
CRIM 375Criminal Justice in America4
FIN 452Public Finance3
PS 300California History and Politics4
PS 371American Law and Legal System3
PS 373Nature, Law and Policy3
PS 380Social Problems and Public Policy4
PS 385Urban Society and the Welfare State3
PS 400Comparative Politics3
PS 410Modern Latin America: History, Politics and Culture3
PS 412Modern Africa: History, Politics and Culture3
PS 414Modern Asia: History, Politics and Culture3
PS 416Modern Middle East: History, Politics and Culture3
PS 420International Relations3
PS 425Global Economics and Sustainable Development3
PS 430US Foreign Policy: History and Contemporary Issues4
PS 476Internship* **3
PS 450History of Political Theory and Ideas3
PS 465Organizational Behavior3
PS 483Project in Political Science**1-3
SOC 461Introduction to Social Science Research**3

*American Studies Program (15-16 Units)

The American Studies Program (CCCU) in Washington, D.C., may be taken in place of PS 390, PS 476 and two breadth courses.

Recommended Courses
CodeTitleUnits
SOC 462Statistics**4

**Recommended for graduate study

Program director

Bret Kincaid, Ph.D.
Bret Kincaid, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Program Director, Political Science, Pre-Law & Individualized M.A.