Major in Political Science

Become a political scientist • Complete your own research • Make an impact

Political Science is a challenging and sometimes hostile field. JBU prepares you to take next steps.

In the political science major, you will learn the workings of political systems and
become familiar with patterns of political behavior. At JBU you will integrate faith with
political science and participate in thoughtful and challenging discussions in your classes.

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What is Political Science?

Let’s get something out of the way – majoring in political science doesn’t mean you’re going to run for office. Or work on a political campaign. Or serve in government in any capacity. Sure, you can do these things with a degree in political science from JBU. But majoring in political science is about so much more than preparing for work in politics and government. It’s about acquiring a deeper understanding of important questions, like how we should govern ourselves. It’s about learning to identify creative solutions to complex problems. At its root, it’s about relationships and struggles for power in a fallen world.

Students majoring in political science learn to think critically, write effectively, and see the big picture. They come to identify why they believe what they believe. They are prepared for a diverse range of careers in both the public and private sectors, as well as for advanced study elsewhere. They learn how to ask and analyze big questions and concepts. But most importantly, they are taking the call to be “in the world, but not of the world” seriously. In the political science major at JBU, we are doing all we can to equip them for what comes next.

 

Why Study Political Science at JBU?

Here at JBU, we have organized the political science major to get the most from our students. Classes are small and promote thoughtful discussion. Assignments give students creativity to explore problems and issues important to them. The major equips students to make sense of the complex world around them, all for the purpose of advancing the kingdom. We’d love to have you join us.

 

Utilizing Your Degree

 

It’s desirable. From autonomous cars to artificial intelligence, it’s hard to imagine what the world will look like in 5, 10, and 50 years from now. And while we can’t predict the future, we do know that employers will always be looking for people who can think through problems, communicate clearly, and adapt to changing circumstances. A degree in political science at JBU will give you the skills essential for competing in an evolving economy, regardless of your chosen profession.

It’s relevant. Politics and government is in a constant state of upheaval, here in the U.S. and around the world. Majoring in political science will help you make sense of the reasons behind these changes. You will connect big ideas and theories to current debates and controversies, becoming equipped to put what you study into action and apply your reading to the real world. If you’re looking for a major that will help you make sense of the now by paying attention to the past and looking to the future, political science may be for you.

It’s customizable. Political science is a broad field. Here at JBU, you will take courses in political institutions, behavior, and philosophy, comparative politics, law, the intersection of politics and religion, and research methods, among others. Students are encouraged to take ownership of their major, exploring topics of interest to them within and across courses and—with guidance and support from hands-on faculty—become experts on these topics, both substantively and methodologically. In short, while political science is a diverse major, you will find it easy to personalize and shape to your interests and calling.

Because of the broad training political science majors receive, you can find them in virtually any profession, including (but certainly not limited to): 

  • Federal, state, and local government
  • International nongovernmental organizations
  • Law and the legal profession
  • Lobbying and policymaking
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Public and private sector research


Specifically, our graduates have gone on to hold positions in a variety of organizations, including:

  • Communications and Marketing, First Liberty Institute
  • Data Director, Oklahoma Democratic Party
  • Field Organizer, Gillibrand 2020
  • Flight Attendant, American Airlines
  • Product Manager, Dayspring Cards
  • Program Coordinator, Silver Dollar City Foundation
  • Program Manager, Center for Faith and Flourishing
  • Team Coordinator, Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission 

 

Some of our graduates choose to acquire further education. Here is a sample of some of the programs our graduates have attended or been admitted to: 

  • Baylor Law School
  • Brooklyn Law School
  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University
  • Syracuse University College of Law
  • University of Arkansas School of Law
  • University of Iowa School of Law
  • University of Missouri School of Law
  • University of St. Thomas School of Law
  • University of Texas School of Law
  • Washington College of Law, American University
  • William and Mary Law School

Students are encouraged to develop their course papers into projects for presentation at national and regional conferences.  To date, student research has been accepted for presentation at the annual meetings of the Midwest Political Science Association, Western Political Science Association, and Arkansas Political Science Association.

 

Questions? Contact Dr. Daniel Bennett at dbennett@jbu.edu.

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