B.A. in Political Science
Government is a God-ordained instrument to promote justice and serve the common good. But the people and philosophies that drive our governments have a profound impact on how well those purposes are fulfilled. In Biola’s political science major, you’ll develop a solid grasp of government, law, history, international relations and the role of religion in public life — preparing you for successful involvement in government and a wide range of careers.
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- General Political Science
The general political science track allows you to select from a wide range of upper-division electives, giving you a strong foundation for graduate studies and careers in education, politics, international affairs, law and more.
- Public Administration
The public administration concentration is intended for students interested in public service at the municipal, county, state or federal level. It includes advanced training in public administration and the implementation of public policy, as well as an internship.
Why Choose Political Science at Biola?
In addition to its strong curriculum, expert faculty members and biblical integration, Biola’s political science program offers several key advantages:
- The American Studies Program in Washington, D.C., is ideal for political science students, offering a chance to study and intern in the nation’s capital.
- Small classes give you an opportunity to form deep relationships with your professors and fellow students.
- As a political science major, you are eligible to become a member of the Pi Sigma Alpha Honors Society, which promotes leadership, academic excellence, publication and possibilities for graduate scholarships and grants.
- Award-winning forensics team participation opportunities.
- Department issued J.O. Henry Prize for the best paper in the field history, government or social science in the spring semester of each year.
- Biola’s location in Southern California — one of the world’s largest and most diverse metropolitan areas — is ideal for internships and job opportunities. Students regularly intern for local law firms, Congressional offices and policy advocacy groups.
What Will I Study?
Through the study of systems of government, beginning with the American political system, and their impact on the world at large, you will come to understand the purpose, functions, responsibilities and varieties of government in the world today. By interacting with government, you will enhance your research, writing, speaking and critical thinking skills, all of which are essential for success in the political and governmental arenas. Intriguing topics and course highlights include:
- Micro and macro economic terms and concepts
- A survey of U.S. history, including the Civil War
- Development of world civilizations
- Regional geographic studies
- Elements of the political science research process
- Source of conflicts in world poltics
- Examining the limitations of foreign relations conduct
- Principles of constitutional law
- Environmental laws and administrative action
Political Science and international relations has allowed me to understand more about Jesus' ministry on earth, to seek justice and give people hope in their darkness.
The education I received at Biola helped me refine my worldview, deepened the courage of my convictions, and showed me how law can impact and further the Kingdom of God. This foundation has been crucial for me personally and professionally as I begin my career in law, and is something for which I will always be thankful.
The faculty at Biola provided me with the support, encouragement and foundation I needed to head into law school. Both in and out of class the professors were available prepare me for my future as a law student, lawyer and as a Christian in the professional world. No where else do you find professionals so grounded on the word of God and so knowledgeable about the world you are about to enter.
Political Science, B.A. '11
A degree in political science provides exceptional preparation for careers in all levels of education, politics, international affairs and law. You can expect to influence and transform the world for Jesus Christ through your life and calling in professions such as:
- Elected official
- District attorney
- Campaign manager
- College professor
- High school social studies teacher
- Director of media and public affairs
- Environmental policy administrator
- Legislative aide
- Press Secretary
What are Graduates Doing Now?
Biola graduates from the political science major have gone on to study at the following graduate schools:
- Harvard Law School
- Wheaton College
- Rutgers University
- California State Long Beach
- Georgetown University
- Regent University
- California State Fullerton
- University of Southern California