“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,” wrote the philosopher Santayana. Dr. Bill Borges, one of PCC’s political science faculty, believes this repetition is the key to understanding government. “Our program offers a historical perspective, so that students can easily grasp the history along with the politics, which together account for political trends and developments,” he said.
Beginning in 1993 when political science classes were first offered, PCC faculty have contrasted the world’s beliefs about government with what Scripture says. “We want our students to go to the Bible first for their answers about government and not to the leading political predictors of the day,” said faculty member Dr. Bill Bowen.
To Bowen, teaching political science gives him an opportunity to train a new generation for government. “That’s not going to happen by accident,” he said. “Too many people are in government to serve their own agenda because that’s where the power is. But we need solid, God-fearing Christians in government to make a difference for righteousness. We have many students like that here at PCC.”
Hunter Trout (’16) said he recalls what he learned in Dr. Bowen’s political science classes. “They especially prepared me for understanding the complex processes of state and local government. The Romans 13 basis for understanding government gave me a greater perspective on the true nature of government—ultimately, the Lord directs the political powers of the world.”
When he was a student, alumnus Collin Phillips (’15), along with several of his political science classmates, had the opportunity to intern with the Maine Senate Republicans program. Meeting lawmakers, observing sessions in Senate, and gathering data for analysis were just a few of the valuable experiences he gained during his internship.
Currently, Phillips is a first-year law student at Florida State University School of Law. Envisioning himself someday becoming a state legislator, he said, “I want to work to promote Christian morals that are being lost, like protecting the unborn and the traditional family. PCC’s political science degree prepared me by equipping me with a moral foundation to defend my beliefs.”
Dr. Borges likes to remind his students that lawmakers and politicians make decisions that affect their lives. “That being the case,” he said, “why not understand things involving politics, government, and law? We take special care to equip students with the tools needed to succeed in a range of careers—government, law, teaching, and many others.”
Alumna Rebekah Gantner (’10) believes her degree thoroughly prepared her for her position as the executive director of the Eagle Forum Education Center. Before Phyllis Schlafly’s death last year, Rebekah also served as the founder’s assistant and media liaison.
Gantner said, “The classes that I found most influential were the ones that focused on leadership. Through the lives of the Founding Fathers such as George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, I learned the importance of leadership qualities like vision and organization. The leadership lessons I learned have proven to be helpful to me in my role as executive director.”
Whether students are interested in politics or just want to become well-rounded and knowledgeable citizens, studying political science can lead to great opportunities. Graduates in this field have gone on to work in think tanks, law offices, and colleges, where they strive to make the nation stronger so that America is not condemned to repeat the political mistakes of the past.