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Political Science Major

Study Political Science at Azusa Pacific University

You’ll graduate guided through internships at various levels, and develop the skills for leadership impact in your community, nation, and globe. You’ll acquire the knowledge to craft and discern good laws, differentiate justice from injustice, and understand political power's rightful scope. You’ll develop a strong foundation in American government, history, and political thought from the lens of Christian ethics in the political realm, and you’ll be equipped as a champion for justice in the world.

Program at a Glance

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers diverse well-rounded degree programs to prepare critical thinkers to make a difference in the world for Christ.

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Application Deadline

Early Action (Freshmen Only)

  • November 15

Regular Decision

  • March 1 priority application deadline
  • June 1 final deadline
  • August 1 final transfer deadline

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Program Units
45

Location

  • Azusa (Main Campus)

 

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Gain Hands-on Experience

  • Participate in internships at local, state, or national levels.
  • Analyze major thinkers in political philosophy.
  • Explain the American government's main features.
  • Demonstrate writing and citing skills to professional standards.
  • Articulate a Christian understanding of politics and government.

By the Numbers

1 of 126 Best Western Colleges according to Princeton Review's 2023 Best Colleges Guide
13 :1 Student-to-faculty ratio
100 % of incoming students receive financial aid

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Noah Jackson ’18 is a junior political science and honors humanities double major at Azusa Pacific University. Watch to see how Noah’s studies reminded him of God’s calling in his life.

Program Details

The political science major prepares students to take an informed, intelligent, and leading role in the affairs of their community, country, and world. In addition to classroom, research, and seminar experiences, students are encouraged to become directly involved in politics through internship experiences on the local, state, or national level.

Browse the tabs below—if you have questions, visit the Student Services Center page, and we’ll make sure you get the info you need.

General Undergraduate Admission Requirements

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Although a private college education may seem out of reach for many, recent research from Kiplinger reveals that the actual value of some private universities may prove this assumption wrong. In 2010, Kiplinger selected Azusa Pacific University for its Top 100 Best Values in Private Colleges rankings. Read more about APU’s ranking in Kiplinger’s Best Values in Private Colleges.

APU students may take advantage of three types of financial aid: scholarships and grants, education loans, and student employment.

Scholarships and Grants

Scholarships and grants are considered “gift aid” and do not require repayment. They can come from federal, state, or private sources. Scholarships are typically merit-based, meaning they are awarded depending on demonstrated academic ability or other specific talents.

Scholarships are often available from sources outside of APU. You can search for these scholarships through websites such as finaid.org or fastweb.com. The Student Services Center is sometimes notified of scholarships available through APU departments or local organizations, and can provide information about any available scholarships on request.

Education Loans

Education loans are usually repaid after graduation, may be deferred until after graduate school, and often have very low interest rates.

Military Benefits

Military members—and in some cases their spouses and dependents—qualify for financial assistance covering tuition, housing, and books. Azusa Pacific is a Yellow Ribbon University and Military Friendly School, so you can be confident that you’ll receive the benefits and flexibility you need to complete your education.

Student Employment

On-campus student employment is available for students needing additional income to pay for education-related expenses. APU students also find work off campus in the surrounding community.

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We’re committed to helping families understand early in the college search process the value of the APU experience and options for affordable financing of a top-tier Christian university education.

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To view specific requirements and coursework information, visit the current academic catalog:


Azusa Pacific University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).

Featured Faculty

Douglas Hume

Douglas Hume

Associate Professor of Political Science and Pre-Law Advisor

Daniel Palm

Daniel Palm

Chair and Professor, Department of History and Political Science

Career Outlooks and Outcomes

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APU Professor Abbylin Sellers Receives Prestigious Fulbright Award

APU professor Abbylin Sellers, PhD, received a prestigious Fulbright award to teach American democracy at two universities in Japan.

Note: This information is current for the 2023-24 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.

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