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Bachelor of Arts in History, Political Science Concentration

Political Science: Helping Revive America’s Conservative Heritage

Our world needs articulate, knowledgeable Christian statesmen who will lead the next generation to stand for righteousness. In the political science concentration from Pensacola Christian College, you will learn to reflect Christ’s love as you serve your community and influence public policy.

Classes in history, government, political theory, and economics will help you better understand essential characteristics such as vision, discipline, and initiative. You’ll also develop and refine your professional skills through courses in public relations, writing, and debate. With a thorough comprehension of important issues—combined with well-developed critical thinking and problem-solving abilities—you’ll be prepared to promote justice, freedom, and biblical values in the United States or wherever you are.

When you see your world and wish it were different, you’ll be empowered to take steps and actually make a difference.


Faith-Based Political Science

PCC’s program rests firmly on God’s Word and presents government as a God-ordained institution for establishing and maintaining law and order. You’ll learn a biblical perspective on politics, focused on conservatism, patriotism, limited government, and personal responsibility. With God’s Word at the center of your education, you’ll become an informed citizen who can influence your world for Christ.

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Political Science Concentration Learning Outcomes

As a political science graduate, you will be equipped to

  • distinguish between the biblical and secular views of government;
  • critique theories of politics, political institutions, and political behavior from a biblical perspective;
  • contrast foundational ideas that support various systems of government;
  • exhibit critical analysis of modern and contemporary political events, public policy, and government action; and
  • produce informative empirical and normative research.

Program Highlights

Debate

SP 312 provides a thorough overview of research, construction of arguments, principles of logic, rules of formal debate, and a study of the analytical skills necessary for a successful debate. Students participate in classroom debates and make a formal public presentation.

Political Science Internship

In PL 413, junior and senior political science students have the opportunity to complete an internship to gain experience in politics. This internship of at least 120 hours allows students to gain practical knowledge about a career in government or with an organization that works to affect government policy.

Your Political Science Future

What can you do with a political science concentration?

Careers for political science majors are usually in the political, judicial, or education fields, and PCC’s political science concentration is built to ensure that graduates are prepared to step confidently into their future. Alumni have successfully earned graduate degrees and entered positions in government, law, and social work. PCC’s political science graduates have found themselves well equipped to make a positive difference in the world around them.

Here are a few of the countless career opportunities available to you.

  • Attorney
  • Campaign Manager
  • Educator
  • Legal Scholar
  • Politician
  • Writer/
    Researcher

Here are a few of the grad schools our political science alumni have attended.

  • College of William and Mary
  • Grand Canyon University
  • Hillsdale College
  • Liberty University
  • Pennsylvania State University, The Dickson School of Law
  • Radboud University, Faculty of Law (Netherlands)
  • Regent University
  • Rollins College
  • Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • The Citadel
  • University of Notre Dame

Here are a few of the many places that our political science alumni have worked.

  • AACS, Washington, D.C.
  • Americans for Prosperity, Washington, D.C.
  • Brock & Scott, PLLC
  • Dirigo Solutions
  • Family Research Council, Washington, D.C.
  • Georgia Center for Opportunity
  • Maine State Republicans
  • Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough
  • U.S. House of Representatives

Faculty Highlight

Mr. Jacob Burdick

Mr. Jacob Burdick

B.S., Pensacola Christian College
M.S., Liberty University
M.A., Regent University
M.A., Georgia State University
Doctoral Study: Georgia State University


“PCC’s political science faculty have a love for God and a desire to promote government as God’s institution to oversee society. As part of this faculty, my goal is to study issues of political science and government broadly so I can provide students with an in-depth understanding of political topics.

Many students begin their journey into political science with a limited understanding of this field. As they progress through the program, I see students developing questions and solutions about government and public policy with the knowledge, skills, and abilities gained from their classes. It is a true joy to know that my obedience to God’s call plays a small part in helping students succeed in political science. ”

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Alumni Spotlight

Hannah DeBruler
Hannah DeBruler ’17

Government Relations Assistant, American Association of Christian Schools (AACS)


“Since I was fourteen, I have been fascinated by politics. I always thought that Christians should be more involved in government.

The communication skills I learned at PCC in writing, grammar, and speaking have been a tremendous advantage to me in my work. I also gained a solid foundation from my political science classes from which I have only learned and grown more in my time in Washington, D.C.

Aside from the writing skills, which I use every day, PCC also strengthened my core beliefs as a Christian to face the immense challenges on Capitol Hill. Every day, I get to fight for Christians to live freely according to their beliefs, and I could not do that if I did not have a solid biblical foundation that allows me to filter everything that happens in politics through the lens of Scripture.”

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About the Political Science Concentration

The purpose of the political science concentration is to train men and women to influence the world with their understanding of government from a Christian worldview.

Career Fair

History Career Support

With Career Services and Career Link, students can start making connections with employers while on campus during Career Fair events. These services provide tools and resources designed to empower you for your career in politics.

Need help? Career Services staff are ready to assist you in researching employment opportunities, exploring job qualifications, and providing mock interviews and résumé support.