Political Science, B.A.

Program Overview

Are you interested in political questions of social justice, personal liberty, and equality? Are you an avid follower of political and international news? If you want to study such critical issues as human rights, race and ethnicity, gender and politics, elections, globalization, war and peace, and protest politics, consider a political science major.

Majoring in political science at PLNU will help you develop and master critical thinking and problem-solving skills, analytical techniques, and experiential application of complex concepts — all essential for graduate school, a variety of careers, and active civic engagement. Introductory classes in American government and international relations will provide you with the foundational knowledge to gain these necessary skills, while upper division classes will have you applying this knowledge to such topics as human rights, gender politics, global governance, urban politics, social movements, political theory, race and ethnicity, and international law.

You’ll have the chance to gain firsthand experience in how government works and policy is facilitated by spending an international semester abroad or a semester in Washington, D.C. Networking opportunities with the Institute of Politics and Public Service will connect you with like-minded groups and individuals. Finally, the experiential learning continues with a public affairs internship that will help hone your professional skills through practical application.


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Political Science, B.A.

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For most students, the transition into college life is one full of adjustments. There is the excitement of newfound freedoms, but also some uncertainty as you begin to make choices and take responsibility for your own future. 

At PLNU, we’re committed to supporting you — academically, professionally, spiritually, personally — so that you may be successful both in your time as a student and beyond. That’s why we offer a holistic support system that focuses on your unique experiences, particular needs, and personal and professional goals — resulting from our deep concern for you, our student.

With a focus on authentic relationships and personalized attention, our goal is to help transform you so you can follow your calling in your own career and life.

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Lindsey Lupo, Ph.D.

When Lindsey Lupo began her doctoral program in political science, she had no intention of teaching. In fact, a concerned professor pulled her aside one day and advised her to at least pretend she wanted to teach at one of the finest research institutions if she wanted to be taken seriously.

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Career Opportunities

Political science has long been the foundation of future politicians and lawyers, but the career possibilities are endless. The versatile set of skills you’ll develop by pursuing a degree in political science from PLNU will equip you for fields as varied as public service, journalism, nonprofit work, law, diplomacy, humanitarian assistance, business, teaching, and more.

PLNU political science alumni have held various positions at organizations like San Diego Hunger Coalition, the U.S. State Department, California Strategies public strategies firm, New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, and many more. PLNU cultivates passion, professionalism and a values-driven approach to work in a context that intersects your intellect and faith and equips you to become a purposeful and trustworthy leader in your workplace.

A Bachelor of Arts in Political Science can lead to a career in the following areas:

  • Politics
  • Domestic or International Law
  • Foreign Affairs
  • Nonprofit Organization Operations
  • Lobbyist
  • Journalism
  • Business
  • Teaching
  • City Planning
  • Intelligence
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Barbara Gausewitz

For Barbara Gausewitz, the journey to majoring in International Studies began with the PLNU speech and debate team. Joining the team seemed like a good way to make friends. And she did make friends, but she also made a few unexpected connections.

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