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Union University Department of Political Science

Department of Political Science


Called the "queen of the sciences" by Aristotle because of its impact on law, society, philosophy, ethics, economics, and religion, political science is more than the study of government, political attitudes and behavior, and public policy. It is the study of people, their motives, their values, their relations with others, and the best way for individuals and groups to achieve their goals while improving society. Moreover, as Christians, the study of politics increases our understanding of God by learning how He wants us to live with others and how our faith leads us to be good stewards of our local, national, and global community.

Consequently, the Department seeks to (1) create an active, informed citizenry capable of infl uencing government; (2) prepare students for a changing world by developing and refining their analytical, communication, and research skills; (3) foster the understanding of the role of Christians in the public square and the most effective means to renew society; (4) prepare students for graduate and professional opportunities in politics, law, public service in the U.S. and abroad, business, teaching, and other endeavors; and (5) develop students who can be leaders in political, social, and religious institutions.

To this end, the Department offers a broad range of courses that focus on how individuals and groups interact with governmental and global systems while preparing students to exercise leadership in our changing domestic and global worlds. Each student begins by orienting themselves to the discipline by taking classes in each of the subfi elds of political science (American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Theory, and Research Methods). Then students have the opportunity to choose a concentration to pursue their specific interests. Moreover, the Department encourages both practical and theoretical learning through internships and study abroad experiences which provide a broader understanding of other cultures and worldviews. Finally, the capstone experience provides students the opportunity to synthesize their knowledge in writing their senior thesis.

  1. Political Science Major Requirements—42 hours
    1. Required: PSC 111, 211, 214, 245, 322, 323, 498.
    2. Upper-level American Politics—6 hours
    3. Upper-level International Relations/Comparative Politics—6 hours
    4. Elective PSC—9 hours
  2. Teacher Licensure for Government (Grades 7-12)
    1. Major requirements for PSC as shown above to in clude 313 and 332.
    2. Additioal requirements for licensure: GEO 112; 215 or 216; HIS 211 and 212, 101, 102.
    3. Professional Education: EDU 150, 250, 326, 425, 433; PSY 213, 318; SE 225.
    4. Completion of applicable portions of the Praxis II.
    5. For additional information, see the Assistant Dean for Teacher Education and Accreditation.
  3. Political Science Minor—21 hours
    1. Required courses: PSC 111, 211.
    2. PSC Electives including a minimum of 6 upper-level hours—15 hours
  4. Pre-Law Advising Program
    Dr. Sean Evans serves as Union University's pre-law advisor. Students plan ning to attend law school should consult with him for information and assistance.