Be a Force for Change in the Government with a Bachelor of Arts in Government – Politics and Policy
Are you interested in politics? Do you want to make a positive change in our government? With a Bachelor of Arts in Government – Politics and Policy, you can pursue careers in government and make a difference at your local, state, or national level. You will gain a diverse introduction to political and economic ideas and the many processes of our government.
In this program, you will learn more about the close relationship between a system of limited constitutional government and the free enterprise economy. You’ll also get an overview of how Judeo-Christian principles helped to shape the government we have today.
You will be taught by professors who are grounded in their Christian faith and ready to share their experience and knowledge of the major schools of political science. You will also discover the relationship this field has with history, economics, and various other disciplines.
Why Choose Liberty’s Bachelor of Arts in Government – Politics and Policy Degree?
Liberty University is located in Lynchburg, Virginia, near the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains and close to many rich historical sites reaching back to the founding of our great nation. The real draw for many students to attend Liberty University and pursue a government degree is the relationship we have with many government agencies within Washington, D.C. and the surrounding area. You will have many opportunities to intern with the very agencies you might be hoping to work at some day.
Our Washington Fellowship and GOVT 499 course offers juniors and seniors who are majoring in government and haven’t met other requirements, the opportunity to spend a semester as an intern with an approved organization in their respective disciplines.
If you major in government, you have the opportunity to join the only honor society for college and university government students in the United States. Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society, is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies.
What Will You Learn in Our Bachelor of Arts in Government Politics and Policy Degree?
To better prepare you for work in government or politics, we offer a broad range of topics that are thoroughly covered, so that you feel equipped with the knowledge and training you need to be successful. A lot of time is given on the topic of free enterprise economy and its relationship with our form of limited government. You will gain an understanding of the issues, interest, and institutions of American state and local government in the framework of federalism.
You will learn how the various international and domestic policymaking processes interact. Because this is the Bachelor of Arts track, you can take part in courses where you can learn a foreign language. If you wish to pursue a degree that has more of an emphasis on math and science, check out our Bachelor of Science in Government – Politics and Policy.
Download and review the Degree Completion Plan for our B.A. in Government: Politics and Policy.
GOVT 200 – Constitutional Government and Free Enterprise
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- Diverse introduction to political and economic ideas, government institutions, free market processes, public issues, economic policy, and political and economic activity.
- This course will emphasize the close relationship between a system of limited constitutional government and the free enterprise economy and providing an overview of the Christian worldview with regard to government and economics.
GOVT 210 – Introduction to Political Science
A comparative survey of the scope, methodologies, and major schools of political science, including its links with history, economics, and other cognate fields.
GOVT 320 – American Executive Processes/Institutions
The office and legal powers of government executives, especially the President, including trends in the Presidency during periods of conservative and liberal dominance.
GOVT 322 – American Legislative System
The U.S. Congress and state legislatures, their powers and organization, and how liberal and conservative forces exert influence through lobbying and elections.
Career Opportunities for Government – Politics and Policy Graduates
- Chamber of Commerce Manager
- City Manager
- Community Organizer
- Legislative Analyst
- Political Consultant
- Political Scientist
- Public Administrator
Admission Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees
Every application is reviewed by the admission committee on a case-by-case basis, meaning there are no set minimums for acceptance. However, all applicants must submit the following documents* for admission:
- Admission application
- Official high school transcripts
- Official college transcripts (if applicable)
- SAT, ACT, or CLT scores
- Admission essay
*Note that additional documentation may be requested by the admission committee after your application has been received.
Highlights of Our Government – Politics and Policy Degree
- There are many opportunities to intern with organizations and agencies related to your degree thanks to the special relationships Liberty has and Washington, D.C. being just four hours away from campus.
- Join the only honor society for college and university government students in the United States. Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society, is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies.
- Our Center for American Statesmanship is a one-stop resource providing education and training in effective citizenship, constitutional rights, foundational worldview ideas, and influential modern political involvement.
- Many of our students go on to work in government and continue to get their graduate degree with Liberty University’s Online Programs or residentially by pursuing the Master of Arts in Public Policy.