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Corban University

Political Science

Political Science Major

Corban’s political science program equips students to be politically-engaged, intentional Christian thought leaders in today’s society.

These are exciting and challenging times in politics for Christians. Our society is fragmented by divergent and competing cultural and spiritual values. We view this as an opportunity to make a difference in the world for Jesus Christ and create change in politics.

We are committed to educating students to do justice, love kindness and walk humbly before God and men. From this foundation, you will learn to build bridges in communities and between various political positions, enact change for the future and lead compassionately.

McLaran Political Engagement Scholarship

Interested in making a difference as a politically-engaged citizen and Christian thought leader? Apply for the prestigious McLaran Political Engagement Scholarship, worth up to $18,000 per year for four years!

Career Preparation

You will be prepared for the challenges of political leadership through a rigorous political science degree built on a Christian worldview. When you graduate, you will be ready to enter graduate school, start your own political organization, or begin a career in a variety of fields that provide further leadership experiences for future political office, such as:

  • Political advocacy
  • Government
  • Diplomacy
  • Business
  • Law
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Lobbying

During your course of study, you will have many opportunities to network and foster professional relationships with politically-engaged educators, legislators and church and civic leaders that will benefit you in establishing yourself as a leader in your community.

Recent political science graduates have been accepted into top graduate and law schools, including Stanford University, Northwestern University, Arizona University, and Case Western Reserve Law School.

What You’ll Learn

The political science degree produces Christian leaders who are politically-engaged in their vocations, homes, churches and communities.

A Broad Understanding

You will receive a broad understanding of political science and a historical understanding of political thought and the U.S. Constitution that is required to correctly interpret current events. Core courses include:

  • Intro to Politics
  • American Government
  • Political Philosophy
  • Political Ethics and Interest Groups
  • Political Leadership

Customize Your Degree

Corban’s political science program gives you the flexibility to focus your studies on the courses best suited for your career goals. Choose from more than 30 courses for a completely custom degree, or focus your studies on one of these four areas:

Political Entrepreneurship
Learn the skills you need to launch your own political advocacy, lobbying or service organization.

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Organizational Communication
  • Social Media Marketing

Global Governance
Experience politics with cross- cultural challenges that will prepare you for work with the United Nations, American Foreign Service, mission agencies or humanitarian aid organizations.

  • Comparative Politics
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • International Relations
  • Religion and Politics

U.S. Governance
Examine the complexity of U.S. politics at the local, state and national levels to prepare for government and legal professions.

  • American Presidency
  • Constitutional Law
  • History of American Foreign Relations
  • Modern American History and Politics
  • State and Local Government

Pre-Law
Explore the human political mind in preparation for legal, academic and mediation professions.

  • Advanced Speech
  • Debate and Oratory
  • Dispute Resolution
  • History of Philosophy
  • Logic and Rhetoric
  • Persuasive Theory and Writing

Program Worksheets

Experiences

Corban’s location in Oregon’s capital offers unique opportunities to engage with the political community locally, while our partnerships open doors to national and global experiences.

  • Internships at the state capitol
  • Political conferences
  • Government agency tours
  • Study tours to Switzerland and Turkey
  • Christian Thought Leader Conference
  • CCCU American Studies Program, Washington, D.C.
  • Senior Capstone experience
  • Legislator mentoring
  • Professional networking with political and civic leaders
  • Corban Debate Team

Internships

Experience politics firsthand and better understand where you would like to serve in your career. Internship opportunities let you practice what you learn in the classroom and will test your integrity, critical thinking and communication skills. Build your own portfolio of leadership experiences and, more importantly, cultivate your own unique style of leadership.

Corban’s political science students have served as interns for the Oregon State Legislature.

Expert Faculty

Courses are taught by faculty who have experience in local, state, national and international politics. They not only analyze political processes, theories and issues side-by-side with students, but they are also legislators, judges, and non-profit and business leaders who are deeply involved in policymaking.