Political Science Minor

Studying political science at California Baptist University will help you become a citizen capable of evaluating and creating public policy from a truly Biblical perspective. Our graduates have strong communication and critical thinking skills – capabilities that are highly valued by employers. A Minor in Political Science will also prepare you for a successful private or public sector career.

Why CBU?

Are you fascinated by politics and committed to your Christian faith? Our Political Science professors are excellent teachers, authentic Christians and caring mentors who will help you integrate your Christian faith with your study of politics.

Career Opportunities

  1. Teacher (elementary, middle, or secondary)
  2. Attorney
  3. Civil servant (local, state or federal)
  4. Elected or appointed public official
  5. Legislative assistant


  1. http://www.apsanet.org/CAREERS/Careers-In-Political-Science
  2. http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes193094.htm

Lower Division Requirements

POL213 American Government

The course provides an introductory overview of the American political system. It begins with a discussion of the principles of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights and an examination of their impact on the country. It also covers the avenues and means of democratic citizenship and political influence in American politics. The course further examines the major political institutions in the United States: Congress, Presidency, Bureaucracy, and Courts. In order to assess the impact of government on society, the course concludes with an exploration of public policy. (Meets state requirement in United States Constitution and California Government.) (3 units; Fall/Spring)

Kelley, Sean Ryan
01/10/2018 TTh 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM Yeager Center B110
Bishop, Jim
01/10/2018 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Yeager Center B252
Hinrichs, Troy
07/02/2018 W 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM TBA
09/04/2018 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Mission Hall 109
09/04/2018 MWF 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Yeager Center A112
09/04/2018 MWF 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Yeager Center A111

POL223 State and Local Government

This course studies the place and responsibilities of state and local governments in the United States and how they relate with other units of government. This includes an assessment of the citizenship and participation in state and local politics, both at the individual and collective level; and then an examination of state political institutions, such as governors, state legislatures, state courts, and administration. The course also covers city and county governments, and other local units of government. Although it is comparative, special attention is given to California politics. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

Barnes, Jeffrey A.
01/10/2018 MWF 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Yeager Center A110
09/04/2018 TTh 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM Yeager Center A112

Upper Division Requirements

POL395 Political Economy

This course explores the relationship between the economy and politics and provides both a description and assessment of the economy. This entails an overview of economic theory, macroeconomics, savings, investments, microeconomics and markets, inflation, monetary policy, international economics and globalization, and the role of the private sector and government. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Fall odd years)

Plus, 12 upper division units in political science