Political Science, B.A.

Students in CBU's political science bachelor's program learn to think deeply about politics, Christianity and the way in which the interaction of the two shapes our world. 

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Program Intro

Political interactions and institutions are governed by principles that can be systematically studied because God ultimately governs the political world. The goal of CBU's political science bachelor's program is send out globally minded students who are academically prepared, biblically rooted and equipped to serve in any context (public and private sector) and location (local to global). CBU trains students through a variety of means: philosophical reflection, quantitative analysis, real-world simulations and practical internships.

40 Units

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5 Concentrations
14 Required Major Courses

Why Study Political Science at CBU?

Take part in global and local political opportunities

The Department of History and Government faculty organize Study Tours, which allow students to travel to other countries, such as France and Greece, while earning academic credit. Students also have the opportunity to participate in the John McCarthy Punditry Contest, which honors the student with the most accurate predictions about each presidential election.

Be prepared for a career after college

The political science faculty helps students develop strong critical-thinking and communication skills, which are highly valued by employers. Past students have interned for a number of local and federal government offices, law firms and nonprofit organizations. They are making a tangible difference in their community and their world.

What You'll Learn

Program Details

POL 431: Christianity and Citizenship

This goal of the course is the development of a Christian perspective toward politics. 

POL 435: Campaigns and Elections

The course analyzes the dominant role political parties played in the American political system in the past.

POL 471: Terrorism

This course examines the origin, political goals, means, and long-term strategy of terrorism. 

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  • American Institutions and Processes Concentration
  • International Relations Concentration
  • Political Philosophy Concentration
  • Pre-Law Concentration
  • Public Administration Concentration

Chris McHorney, Ph.D.

Professor of Political Science

Office Phone: 951-343-4757
Office Location: The Point 225

Chase Porter, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Political Science
Department Chair, History and Government

Office Phone: 951-552-8199
Office Location: The Point 111


I want to be an international trade lawyer and represent corporations. I like that CBU's political science program is engaging and keeps me involved.

Davor Škarić '21

Kasandra Figueroa

I want to become a defense attorney and eventually a judge. The professors here are extremely helpful, caring and kind.

Kasandra Figueroa '20

Nicolas Swanger

I hope to have a law enforcement career, and my professors have been very personable and know how to communicate their wisdom and knowledge.

Nicolas Swanger '21

Career Possibilities

Political science majors can apply their field of study to a variety of careers. Some careers listed below may require further education.

  • Politician
  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Legislative Assistant
  • Lobbyist
  • Elected Public Official
  • Appointed Public Official
  • Educator
  • College Professor
  • Campaign Manager
  • Attorney
  • Non-profit Organization Administrator
  • Civil Servant
  • Political Journalist

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Join our community. At CBU, you’ll be challenged to become an individual whose skills, integrity, and sense of purpose glorify God and distinguish you in the world.