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Overview

You are interested in current events. You're on your school's debate team. You envision yourself arguing a case before a judge or jury. You would love to travel the world as a diplomat or intelligence officer. You think working in political campaigns or writing about them would be exciting and rewarding. You would like to serve in public office someday.
 
If this describes you, then the political science degree at North Greenville University may be the best option for you. Here, NGU's Political Science and Criminal Justice and Legal Studies Department faculty members are prepared and willing to help you begin a successful career in politics. 

 

Major Description 

 

As a political science major at NGU, you will spend much of your time observing government in action, including in courts and legislatures; analyzing public policies; working in political campaigns; evaluating public opinion and opinion polls; attending speeches and debates; studying the political systems of other nations; and reading and evaluating court cases.

You will learn about the Constitution and its historical foundations, the role of Christianity in shaping American social and political thought, analyzing and evaluating political institutions, such as political parties and interest groups; America's legal system and the rights and duties of citizens; comparing and evaluating the political systems of other nations; the dynamics of war and diplomacy, especially as these are reflected in American foreign policy; and analyzing and discussing different ideas about justice, liberty, equality, and the role of government, as well as how to apply this knowledge in your own professional experience.

During your senior year, you will complete a research project that demonstrates your understanding of political science and your knowledge of an area related to your career aspirations.


Ultimately, the political science degree will provide a strong education based on a biblical worldview that will prepare you for a variety of related pursuits.
 

Curriculum

 

The curriculum within the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice and Legal Studies at NGU provides you with the knowledge and skills necessary for success in the many career paths available in political science and in criminal justice and legal studies.  

In political science, students take courses that provide a solid foundation in American and global politics, and the department also offers courses in public policy, political philosophy, and constitutional law.  

Criminal justice also offers courses drawn from across the discipline, including courses on Law Enforcement Operations, as well as Forensic Analysis and Criminal Profiling.  

The curriculum in the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice and Legal Studies reflects NGU's commitment to combining faith and learning.

Faculty Strengths

 

The faculty members in the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice and Legal Studies are highly trained their field and can draw upon experience in their area of expertise.  You will find that faculty in this department are committed to guiding students through their coursework and advising them on career options within their major.

Tracks/Concentrations

 

  • American politics
  • Global politics
  • Pre-law and legal studies

 

Electives

 

  • American Foreign Policy
  • American Political Thought
  • Classical and Christian Political Thought
  • Constitutional Law
  • European Politics
  • Public Policy
  • The American Presidency

Success

Future

Career Opportunities

 

  • Attorney
  • Campaign staff
  • CIA analyst or agent
  • Congressional office or committee staff
  • Corporate government relations manager
  • Environmental policy analyst
  • Foreign service officer
  • High school government teacher
  • Intelligence officer
  • Journalist and political correspondent
  • Paralegal
  • Policy analyst
  • State legislator or other elected official

Postgraduate Studies

 

There are no postgraduate studies available at this time.

Potential Employers

 

  • BOEING
  • County of Greenville
  • The Greenville News
  • South Carolina Senate
  • Stampede Consulting

Learning Experience



Hands-On Experience


Internships

Internships are available in both political science and criminal justice. Examples include working in government agencies or political offices, as well as internships with national, state, and local law enforcement agencies.

Work Study

Work-study opportunities allow students to assist professors on research projects or help in managing the Criminal Justice Club or the criminal justice newsletter.

Field Trips

Field trips also allow students to gain valuable experience. Examples include trips to law enforcement training facilities, forensic laboratories, courtrooms, and the state legislature.
 

Courses

SAMPLE COURSE SEQUENCE

First Year Experience or Freshman Honors (1 to 2 hours)
Composition and Rhetoric (3 hours)
Western Civilization (3 hours)
Contemporary Mathematics or higher math course (3 hours)
Foreign language course (3 hours)
Introduction to Information Technology (3 hours)
Composition and Literature (3 hours)
U.S. History I or II (3 hours)
Physical Education (2 hours)
Foreign language course (3 hours)
Introduction to Political Science (3 hours)

 *In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.
 

SAMPLE COURSE SEQUENCE

American Government (3 hours)
British or American literature course (3 hours)
U.S. History I or II (3 hours)
Foreign language course (3 hours)
Old Testament Survey (3 hours)
Principles of Economics (3 hours)
Comparative Politics (3 hours)
International Relations (3 hours)
Foreign language course (3 hours)
Political Science Research Methods (3 hours)
Fine arts elective (3 hours)
New Testament Survey (3 hours)

 *In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.
 

SAMPLE COURSE SEQUENCE

Human Biology (4 hours)
Oral Communication (3 hours)
American politics electives (6 hours)
Global politics elective (6 hours)
Political philosophy elective (3 hours)
Earth Science (4 hours)
Public policy/Law elective (3 hours)
Open elective (3 hours)

 *In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.
 

SAMPLE COURSE SEQUENCE

American politics elective (3 hours)
Political science electives (9 hours)
Open electives (15 hours)
Senior Seminar (3 hours)

 *In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.
 

Program Objectives

 

  • Analyze and evaluate political and legal developments, both past and present.
  • Participate confidently in the political process at the local, state, or national level.
  • Understand and effectively exercise the rights and duties of American citizenship.
  • Successfully pursue career aspirations.

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