Department Profile

Mission Statement

The mission of the political science department is to equip students to actively engage as citizens in transforming society according to a kingdom vision that promotes public justice in a multicultural and multi-faith society.

We accomplish this by promoting knowledge of public affairs and an understanding of different perspectives on the relationship between the State and society, developing a working knowledge of the political process, and establishing a biblical foundation for understanding the political dimension of life through research, reflection, and robust dialog, extending from the local to the global levels of human relationships.

Program Strengths

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to

  1. identify core biblical principles (e.g., justice, shalom, solidarity) that will guide them in understanding their role as citizens who have responsibilities in shaping a civil society
  2. articulate a Reformed, Christian perspective on candidates or policies that demonstrates a commitment to justice for all
  3. find, assess, and use reliable political information to apply critical thinking skills in evaluating political behavior, activities, and outcomes.
  4. demonstrate written and oral communication proficiencies in persuasion compassionate listening and speaking truth with courage and humility
  5. describe and embrace a biblical, transformational vision of citizenship in Christ’s kingdom
  6. demonstrate a spirit of love and joy through serving others with compassion