The vision of the Colorado Christian University Politics major is to form graduates who will think as free Christians, live as responsible citizens of our Republic, and embark on a lifetime of statesmanship. To implement this vision, the Politics program educates Christian students in a broad understanding of the art and science of politics, based on a biblical foundation and worldview. It trains them to apply biblical knowledge, Christian virtues, and ethical principles to politics and also helps them to develop entry-level professional skills necessary for success in politics and related fields.
The study of Politics at Colorado Christian University deliberately combines philosophic breadth and theological insight with practical skills and engagement with the contemporary world. Students explore human nature and ethics alongside of political and economic power and history. They are led to grapple with the meaning and significance of the American Founding, the relation of virtue and liberty, the rule of law and human happiness, America’s role in the world, and the current political landscape. Within the Politics major itself, students may choose an emphasis in Public Policy or American Politics, if so desired.
The Politics major at Colorado Christian University is designed to prepare students for a number of careers, including those of public service, criminal justice, journalism, public policy research, and political consulting. Students will also be prepared for graduate school or law school. The major doubles easily with other majors such as Business, Communications, Global Studies, History, or Psychology.
Graduates of the Politics Major will be able to:
1. Identify key figures and articulate important ideas of political philosophy, and deploy them to analyze American politics, institutions, policies, and international relations.
2. Articulate Constitutional principles and apply them to the institutions and challenges in current American politics, both at home and abroad.
3. Articulate a philosophy of statesmanship, and integrate politics with a biblical worldview.
4. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of comparative political systems, international relations, and foreign policy.
5. Employ critical thinking and analysis, and communicate and defend ideas persuasively and cogently, on the basis of evidence and sound research.
6. (American Politics Emphasis). Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of American institutions, the constitutional order, and American political culture; and articulate and apply the principles of individual freedom, limited government, and the rights and duties of citizenship.
7. (Public Policy Emphasis). Demonstrate advanced understanding of the American public policy process, and perform effective public policy analysis and writing.
The Bachelor of Arts in Politics requires completion of the following 120 credits:
General Education Core (48 credit hours)
Politics Major Core (39 credit hours)
Electives (33 credit hours)