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 (21 units) will also prepare you for a successful private or public sector career.

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.

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)

Mitchell, Joel Scot
01/09/2023 TTh 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM Yeager Center B111
Mannion, Trevor Vincent
01/09/2023 MWF 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Yeager Center B112

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 & OPS)

Groves, Beth A.
01/09/2023 MWF 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Yeager Center B221

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; Fall, odd years, & OPS)

Plus, 12 upper division units in political science