Political Science, B.A.

Bachelor of Arts
  • Female student in classroom

Our world is ever-changing and in need of leaders and decision-makers with conviction and integrity. 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. The Political Science program at Fresno Pacific University will provide you with an increased understanding of the political world—locally, nationally and internationally.


  • Observation and in-depth examination of political issues through an objective lens
  • Development of a core understanding of ethics
  • Courses introduce you to key principles in political science and political analysis
  • Opportunities for participation in clubs and extracurricular activities

Career opportunities

Our graduates are 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 be able to pursue a wide area of careers including politics, public service, law, business and much, much more.

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

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

Required Courses (10 Courses, 31-34 Units)

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

Select three of the following

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

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
SOC 462Statistics**4

**Recommended for graduate study

Program director

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

Associate Professor of Political Science