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POLITICAL STUDIES


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B.A. in Political Studies

Majoring in Political Studies at the Master’s University equips believers not only for effective careers in law, politics, or business but also for responsible citizenship. Through a biblical framework, professors teach small classes on the theory and philosophy of civilizations. This department also allows students the opportunity to participate in a semester-long internship in Washington D.C. allowing them a front-row seat to the inner workings of the government and opportunities for networking. Because justice, law, and government originate with God, it is best to study God’s purpose for those institutions at an institution where the Bible is preached without shame and without compromise.

ROOTED IN AN UNWAVERING DEVOTION TO JESUS CHRIST AND THE INERRANT WORD OF GOD, OUR WORLD-CLASS FACULTY AND DEDICATED ADMINISTRATION PREPARE EACH STUDENT’S HEART AND MIND FOR A LIFE OF ETERNAL INFLUENCE. - John MacArthur

The department acknowledges that God is sovereign in human affairs of the past, present and future. With that foundational truth students are aided in developing Christian philosophies of history and politics as parts of an overarching biblically-based world view.

When pursuing a Political Studies degree from our Christian university, students choose from three available emphases: American Politics, Constitutional Law or Political Theory. The Constitutional Law emphasis constitutes excellent preparation for law school.

  • Graduates have been accepted into 16 of the top 30 law schools, including six of the top 10

  • Small class sizes allow for close teacher-student mentorship and a high-level of scholarship

  • Integrated Bible classes

  • Semester-long internship in Washington D.C.

  • Constitutional Law emphasis provides excellent preparation for law school


Experience this program for yourself

Southern California: A beautiful, lively campus close to both the mountains and the beach, with endless career opportunities, and rated among the nation’s safest campuses. Prospective students and their families are invited to class-visits, 1-to-1 advising, total-campus experiences in upcoming events each Spring and Fall, including the 1/2 day Mondays@Master’s and the 2-day View the U events.

  • Events include Financial Aid workshops

  • View the U includes overnight stay in the dorms hosted by current students

  • See more info: Admissions Events


Study & Serve Abroad

Students have the option to study at TMU’s Israel campus, and a wide range of different options each semester.

  • Israel Bible Extension (IBEX): 1 semester at TMU’s Israel campus

  • GO! Global Outreach: 6 weeks of partnering with TMU Missionary Alumni to serve churches around the world while advancing studies.

  • Bi-annual Turkey & Greece Winter Break Trip. 2 weeks traveling to ancient sites and places to which Paul addressed his letters. Students can earn class credit.

  • Italy Summer Semester. 6 weeks in the summer, earn up to twelve (12) credits while deeply immersed in Italian culture and Renaissance history.


Student Life

Master’s offers a full range of facilities, resources, services, and discipleship to the approximately 1000 students on-campus. TMU’s Student Life is consistently top ranked in the nation by alumni, and the beautiful campus consistently rated among the safest. Learn more here: Student Life

  • Top-ranked Student Life: rated #2 Nationwide “Most Inspirational” by Wall Street Journal, and “A” Grade by Niche.com

  • #1 “Right Choice” University (Wall Street Journal 2017 & 2018)

  • 6 dorms for resident life

  • 3 Chapel services weekly for all faculty, staff and students

  • 10+ Campus Societies

  • Intentional opportunities for Community Outreach

  • We welcome veterans, international students, and third-culture students


Financial Aid & Scholarships

The Master’s University strives to offer students a Christ-centered education within the financial reach of all. We endeavor to keep costs as low as possible, and consequently, our tuition is among the most economical for a private university. See full details here: Financial Aid - Undergraduate

  • -26% Tuition reset makes TMU among the nation’s most affordable private 4-year Christian schools

  • Nearly 2x Higher Graduation Rate vs. Public Institutions: TMU’s 61.2% graduation rate leads compared to average Christian colleges (52.9%), and almost doubles the rate of students at public institutions (32.8%) (source: cccu.org, 2019). This means paying less for school, graduating with less debt, and starting your career faster.

  • TMU Scholarships

  • TMU Endowed & Donor Scholarships

  • Student Career Center

  • Work Study


Alumni & Graduate Degrees

For students pursuing graduate school, TMU’s 95% graduate school acceptance rate means students are very likely to be accepted to the graduate school of their choice. Graduates have been accepted into 16 of the top 30 law schools, including six of the top 10.

Students may also continue their studies at TMU&S:


Admissions

Since 1927, the mission of The Master’s University is to empower students for a life of enduring commitment to Christ, biblical fidelity, moral integrity, intellectual growth and lasting contribution to the Kingdom of God worldwide.

  • 100% required Statement of Faith and Pastoral Recommendation for Admissions

  • 3.6 GPA average for new applicants

  • Easy Online Application: see all admission deadlines and criteria here: Apply

Experience this program for yourself

Prospective students and their families are invited to class-visits, 1-to-1 advising, total-campus experiences in upcoming events each Spring and Fall, including the 1/2 day Mondays@Master’s and the 2-day View the U events.

  • Events include Admissions and Financial Aid workshops
  • View the U includes overnight stay in the dorms hosted by current students
  • See more info: Admissions Events

Political Studies Core Courses

  • POL326 Introduction to American Politics (3)

  • POL343 U.S. Constitutional History (3)

  • POL354 The Christian & Politics (3)

  • POL365 Western Political Philosophy I (3)

  • POL366 Western Political Philosophy II (3)

  • POL393 Introduction to Political Research (3)

  • POL492 Senior Seminar in Political Studies (3)

Total core courses (21)

American Politics Emphasis Courses

  • Political Studies core courses (21)

  • Additional upper division Political Studies electives (9)

  • Four of the following (12)

    • POL325 Political Parties & Elections (3)

    • POL333 The Presidency (3)

    • POL334 Congress

    • POL336 Political Communication (3)

    • POL353 U.S. Diplomatic History (3)

    • POL466 The Federalist Papers (3)

Total units required for emphasis (42)

Political Theory Emphasis Courses

  • Political Studies core courses (21)

  • Additional upper division Political Studies electives (9)

  • Four of the following (12)

    • POL455 Christian Political Thought (3)

    • POL464 Machiavelli (3)

    • POL466 The Federalist Papers (3)

    • POL473 American Political Thought I (3)

    • POL474 American Political Thought II (3)

Total units required for emphasis (42)

Constitutional Law Emphasis Courses

  • Political Studies core courses (21)

  • Additional upper division Political Studies electives (9)

  • Four of the following (12)

    • POL423 The Judicial Process (3)

    • POL424 Law & Public Policy (3)

    • POL435 Introduction to Constitutional Law (3)

    • POL445 The Church as a Legal Institution (3)

    • POL446 The Supreme Court & the Bill of Rights (3)

    • POL466 The Federalist Papers (3)

Total units required for emphasis (42)


Minor in Political Studies

For a minor in political studies, the following courses are required:

  • POL220 United States Government (3)

  • Upper division Political Studies electives (21)

Total units required for minor (24)

Prof Publications

Dr. Gregg Frazer: The Religious Beliefs of Americas Founders: Reason, Revelation, and Revolution

Degree Checklists

Bachelor of Arts in Political Studies (all emphases)

California Teaching Credential

For information about obtaining a California Preliminary Single Subject Teaching Credential in Social Science, see the Teaching Credential Programs section.

Degree Checklist

Programs

Program Credits

General Education: 40
Bible: 21
Major Core Courses: 21
Emphasis/Electives: 21

Sample Course Offerings:

  • The Federalist Papers
  • Introduction to Constitutional Law
  • Ancient Roman History

Career Paths

  • Lawyer
  • Politician
  • Criminal Justice
  • Lobbyist
  • Museum Curator
  • Political Scientist
  • Historian
  • Law Enforcement
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