Political Science

Academic Program

Arizona Christian University’s Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science prepares students for significant Christian influence in politics and government, as a vocation and as a citizen. Students consider politics from two perspectives: First, the political science core grounds students in the history of faith and politics, as well as the ideals, values, and institutions of the American system of government. Second, the courses provide opportunities for students to explore the intersection of politics and faith in real world. Students will integrate the biblical worldview and a deep understanding of government as they thoughtfully and strategically address the challenges and opportunities of the world in which they live.

Today’s college students are more politically interested and engaged than at any time in recent history. Not only will students study the ideas and institutions that so powerfully shape their world, they will understand the role of their faith in politics and appreciate the unique American system of government. By integrating faith and scholarship, political science graduates will translate their passion into influence in their communities, their nation, and the world.

Optional Emphasis in:

  • Criminal Justice
  • Healthcare Policy

Political Science Program Objectives

ACU Political Science students will be able to:

  1. Develop, formalize, and integrate the biblical worldview in the study of political science.
  2. Articulate multiple perspectives on how faith and politics intersect from a historical perspective and make application to modern politics.
  3. Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the uniqueness of the American system of government and incorporate that foundational understanding in scholarship, public policy analysis, political communication, civic participation, and other avenues of political engagement and influence.
  4. Apply core knowledge to contemporary political issues and debates.
  5. Integrate an understanding of the role of media and new technology in American politics, specifically in the electoral process, political communication, the political process, and other areas of government.
  6. Select important questions for study, accurately assess and persuasively apply relevant evidence, and construct compelling Scriptural and public arguments in support of a particular position both in written and oral form.
  7. Identify the theoretical traditions, debates, and approaches used in the study of political science.
  8. Utilize effectively a variety of sources, including primary documents, theoretical works, and relevant secondary scholarship to produce a thorough bibliography of quality resources related to a political science topic of their interest.

What can I do with a Degree in Political Science?

The political science degree prepares students for careers in:

  • Government
  • Law
  • Politics
  • Public Service
  • Public Administration
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Non-profit administration
  • Policy Research and Analysis
  • Issue Advocacy
  • Education

Department Chair

IMG_6256-3477429084-O - CopyTracy Munsil Ph.D.

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Dr. Tracy F. Munsil comes to ACU as an associate professor of political science after earning her doctorate from Arizona State University in August 2011. While completing her doctorate, Munsil served as a full-time lecturer in the ASU School of Politics and Global Studies. Her doctorate was her third degree from ASU, where she also earned a bachelor of science in journalism and a master’s in political science.

Munsil is not new to the ACU community. She was an adjunct professor when ACU was still Southwestern College and taught political science courses as general education electives. Starting with those courses, Munsil envisioned developing a program in political science that integrated the highest scholarly standards with a biblical worldview understanding of politics.

Degree Planners

2017-2018

For students who entered the program during the 2017-2018 academic year:

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Previous Years

For students who entered the program during the 2016-2017 academic year:

B.S Political Science
B.S. Political Science / Criminal Justice Emphasis
B.S. Political Science / Healthcare Policy Emphasis
Government, History and Philosophy Department Minors

For students who entered the program during the 2015-2016 academic year:

B.S Political Science
B.S. Political Science / Criminal Justice Emphasis
B.S. Political Science / Healthcare Policy Emphasis

Government, History and Philosophy Department Minors

For students who entered the program during the 2014-2015 academic year:

B.S Political Science
B.S. Political Science / Criminal Justice Emphasis
B.S. Political Science / Healthcare Policy Emphasis

For students who entered the program during the 2012-2013 academic year:

Bachelor of Science in Political Science

For students who entered the program during the 2011-2012 academic year:

Bachelor of Science in Political Science