Political Science


Political Science is one of the most popular degree programs in colleges and universities across the nation. At Grace College, students find rich opportunities to learn the inner workings of the political process while being challenged with the Christian responsibility to promote peace and justice in a troubled world.

Students who want a political science degree along with a concentrated focus on foreign language work are encouraged to complete the B.A. in Political Science. This degree program retains the strong emphasis on both theory and applied learning as well as the strong integration of faith and learning. Those who do not desire a language component, but want the ability to conduct statistical research should choose the B.S. option.

Course Requirements for a B.S. in Political Science

Course Requirements for a Political Science Minor


Examples of courses in this major:

POS 2010 Introduction to Political Thought

This course includes several approaches to political philosophy. First, it provides a general overview of the dominant political ideologies from the ancient to the contemporary world. Second, it provides a general survey of some of the most influential political thinkers whose writings and theories have given rise to the modern political landscape. This class will focus heavily on the development of western political thought but may also include selections from Islamic civilization, southeast Asia or other non-western contexts. Third, this course will include an introduction to more recent thinkers, or even popular personalities, whose work is relevant to the intersection of faith and politics.

POS 3010 State and Local Government

This is an examination of the structure and interplay between state, county and local governments. Issues such as social security, zoning, welfare, public health and the environment will be examined from the point of view of how they originate at the local levels, yet exist and grow within federal guidelines. This contains a module on Indiana politics and history.

POS 3100 International Relations

This is an investigation into the principles and concepts that govern the relationship of the United States with the nations of the global community.

POS 3390 Religion in American History   

From major world religions to a host of small religious movements, the variety of religious expression in America is almost endless. Indeed, religious pluralism and diversity has become one of the defining features of American society. Naturally, this diverse religious landscape has not taken shape over night. Rather, it has developed over centuries and has included a complex spectrum of theological approaches, ethical positions, charismatic men and women, ordinary citizens and even political involvement. This course is meant to provide students with an introduction to the religious diversity in America while emphasizing its historical context and development.

POS 3950 Islam, Politics, and the Middle East

This course examines the religious origins, political development, and geographic expansion of the Islamic World and its relationship to western society. It addresses the relationship between Islam, Judaism and Christianity, examines the Crusades, the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict and recent political tensions between the United States and the Middle East, which have developed since the 1970s. It also examines perceptions of Islam as well as the rise of Islamic fundamentalism and Jihadist movements.