Feb 22, 2024
Program Director: Bret Kincaid, Ph.D.
The political science major provides students with an increased understanding of the political world—both inside and outside of the United States. It does so through a program of study that introduces them to the discipline of political science, engages them in political analysis and enables them to develop a critical understanding of politics and its place in human society. The exploration of things political is rigorously engaged in and informed by a Christian/Anabaptist worldview. Upon completion of the major, students will be prepared to pursue advanced study or a career for which political science is an appropriate background, and to provide service to society reflective of the values expressed in the Fresno Pacific Idea.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
- Recognize and describe the major issues and debates within the discipline of political science.
- Explain the role and impact of governmental entities in contemporary state, national and international settings.
- Communicate effectively and appropriately in both oral and written forms, especially through the use of critical analysis in articulation and support of political ideas.
- Judge the impact of historical and contemporary social, political and economic movements on the shape of state, national or international policies.
- Evaluate political issues in the light of biblical principles, use ethical values to appraise political behavior and governmental policies, and participate discerningly in the political process.
Main Campus Fresno
General Education Prerequisites
Required Courses (10 Courses, 31-34 Units)
Core Program (5 courses, 16 units)
Select three of the following:
Breadth Program (18 units minimum)*
Select a minimum of five of the following:
*American Studies Program (15-16 Units)
The American Studies Program (CCCU) in Washington, D.C., may be taken in place of PS 390, PS 476 and two breadth courses.