Political Studies header-img

POLITICAL STUDIES


Faculty

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 provide valuable individual attention to each student

  • Integrated bible classes

  • Semester-long internship in Washington D.C.

  • Constitutional Law emphasis provides excellent preparation for law school

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 SINGLE SUBJECT TEACHING CREDENTIAL

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

STUDY ABROAD

  • Israel Bible Extension (IBEX): TMU is the only campus to offer an entire semester abroad in Israel. Through the Israel Bible Extension program (IBEX) a student can spend a semester studying the Bible in the land it occurred and earn 15-18 units. Learn more about IBEX.

  • Italy summer semester. Students will live in Florence for six weeks in the summer and earn twelve (12) undergraduate credits in a variety of courses while deeply immersed in Italian culture and Renaissance history. Learn more.

  • GO! Global Outreach teams to 10+ global locations each year combine practical application of your learning, evangelism, community outreach, and broadening of perspectives. Learn more.

Why Master’s?

100% required Statement of Faith and Pastoral Recommendation for Admissions

Biblical Fidelity All classes and student life defined by biblical inerrancy, including a literal 6-day creation.

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

#4 Best Student-Teacher Ratio, 12:1 (US News)

TOP 10 Christian Universities and TOP 15% Colleges with the Best Academics in California (Niche.com, 2019)

3.6 GPA average for new applicants

-26% Tuition reset makes TMU among the nation’s most affordable

Southern California Close to both the mountains and the beach, with endless career opportunities, and rated among the nation’s safest campuses

95% graduate school acceptance rate

Degree Checklist

Emphases

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

  • Historian
  • Politician
  • Political Scientist
  • Lobbyist
  • Museum Curator
  • Lawyer