Available as major (B.A. degree) and minorDiscover why politics is a moral enterprise. Delve into the design and the reality of our system of government. Debate freely without the need for decision. Decide on a political science major and career.
Be part of the ongoing discussion of political theory and philosophy from a Christian perspective. Talk about our government above the partisan level and with your faith in mind. Learn about the politics and governments of other countries. Look deeper than you’ve ever looked before at the structure and workings of our U.S. government. Analyze U.S. politics and policies from both national and global perspectives. Consider the impact of the philosophies and wisdom of past U.S. presidents. Grapple with social justice issues, such as human trafficking and world hunger. Discover God’s direction and motivated for justice and fairness in His world.Find discussion and debate almost any time of the day in the offices and hallways of Weber Center’s second floor. Experience the information in your textbooks coming alive through your professors’ lectures as they give illustrations from history and current events.At Olivet, you can:
Federal Seminar program (study trip): For nearly 50 years, our students have spent a week in our nation’s capital each January. This trip is sponsored by the National Association of Evangelicals. Attend seminars by congressmen, senators, Supreme Court justices, ambassadors and the public liaison from the President’s office. Listen, learn, ask questions and hear the experts’ answers. Capitol Hill Gang trip (working trip): Get engaged in the activities of government. Interview congressmen and senators. Spend an afternoon as an intern in the office of a nonprofit or policy-making organization. Work for an evening in a community development program for a low-income neighborhood. Additional OpportunitiesAmerican Studies Program (ASP) semester in Washington, D.C., helps you connect biblical faith with public life and vocation. Many internship opportunities are available with government departments and leaders, nonprofit organizations. Focus on domestic or foreign policy.Attend special political events, such as Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C. Hear from and meet our country’s political leaders. Discuss “hot button” issues and American values with your professors and peers.Study abroad. Gain that understanding that only comes when you plant your feet in someone else’s backyard. Find a different perspective. See the world through someone else’s eyes. Gain a new understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of Western civilizations. Immerse yourself in life at a different level of economic activity. Become a different kind of Christian leader because of your experiences.CareersA degree in political sciences launches you into a variety of career options. Many graduates go on to graduate school or work for local, state or federal governments. Others work for organizations that do public opinion research or influence public policy and laws. If you are:
Gain the skills and the knowledge you will need to influence national and global policy.