Political Science

Political science studies power: who has it, what they did to get it, and what they did when they got it. Political science students learn to think critically and develop acute awareness of current affairs. Courses examine the relationship between faith and politics with particular attention to the role of Christians in the democratic process.

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Prepare for Law School

Seven Reasons to Study Political Science at JBU

Reason #1

Prepare for Law School

JBU’s pre-law minor can be taken in conjunction with a major of the student's choice to develop the verbal, written and analytical skills necessary for law school while maintaining academic rigor in a liberal arts major.

Study Abroad

Seven Reasons to Study Political Science at JBU

Reason #2

Study Abroad

Travel to Oxford University to work one-on-one with an expert in your field of study, research in the world’s most exhaustive library and attend weekly lectures by some of the most brilliant minds in the world.

Combine Faith and Learning

Seven Reasons to Study Political Science at JBU

Reason #3

Combine Faith and Learning

Political science students learn to see themselves as active participants in political history with a God-given mandate to serve others and to act ethically in the local community and the world.

Get Great Experience

Seven Reasons to Study Political Science at JBU

Reason #4

Get Great Experience

Work as an intern for local law or political offices to gain hands-on experience and first-hand exposure to policy-making and cultural development.

Choose What You Study

Seven Reasons to Study Political Science at JBU

Reason #5

Choose What You Study

Because the study of world politics is so broad, faculty encourage students to select their own independent study topics to supplement the existing curriculum.

Develop Critical Skills

Seven Reasons to Study Political Science at JBU

Reason #6

Develop Critical Skills

Students develop writing, communication, analytical and deducting skills which are critical for employment and future decision making.

Gain Tools for Success

Seven Reasons to Study Political Science at JBU

Reason #7

Gain Tools for Success

Recent political science majors have attended graduate school at University of Chicago, American University, University of Arkansas Law School, Baylor Law School, have run for office, or are attorneys at law.

Alumni Profile

Alumni Photo: Margo Shipley '11

Margo Shipley '11

Commerical & Civil Litigation Attorney, Newton, O'Connor, Turner & Ketchum

"I credit my rigorous education at JBU for giving me the tools I needed to succeed in law school and as an attorney. In particular, my courses in the Political Science department taught me to think critically and write concisely, skills that have been invaluable both in law school and in the practice of law."