Government (B.S.) - Politics and Policy & Public Policy (M.A.P.P.) - Think Tank and Policy Research

Government (B.S.) - Politics and Policy & Public Policy (M.A.P.P.) - Think Tank and Policy Research

Important: This degree plan is effective for those starting this degree program in fall 2024 through summer 2025. This degree plan will remain in effect for students who do not break enrollment or who do not change degree programs, concentrations, or cognates.

General Education/Foundational Skills Requirements

Communication & Information Literacy 1
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric3
Communications Elective3
Information Literacy Elective3
Information Literacy Elective3
Technological Solutions & Quantitative Reasoning 1
UNIV 104Instructional Technology for Successful Online Learning0-3
Math ElectiveMATH 114 or higher3
Critical Thinking 1
RLGN 104Christian Life and Biblical Worldview 24
Critical Thinking Elective3
Civic & Global Engagement 1
Cultural Studies Elective3
Social & Scientific Inquiry 1
Natural Science Elective3
Social Science Elective3
Christianity & Contexts 1
BIBL 104Survey of Old and New Testament4
THEO 104Introduction to Theology Survey 24
Total Hours39-42
1

Refer to the list of approved general education electives before enrolling in foundational skill requirements

2

Students transferring in 45 or more UG credit hours will have the requirement of RLGN 104 Christian Life and Biblical Worldview (4 c.h.) waived; Students transferring in 60 or more UG credit hours will also have the requirement of THEO 104 Introduction to Theology Survey (4 c.h.) waived

Major Requirements

BS in Government - Major Foundational Courses
GEOG 200Introduction to Geography 13
GOVT 200Constitutional Government and Free Enterprise 13
GOVT 220American Government 13
MATH 201Introduction to Probability and Statistics 13
Total Hours12
1

Course may fulfill select general education requirements

BS in Government - Politics & Policy Major Core
GOVT 230Public Policy Research and Writing3
GOVT 330Introduction to Comparative Politics3
GOVT 350Political Economy and Public Policy3
GOVT 421American Constitutional History3
GOVT 425American Foreign Policy3
PPOG 503Political Philosophy3
Total Hours18
BS in Government: Politics & Policy Concentration
GOVT 210Introduction to Political Science3
GOVT 301Ancient Political and Economic Ideas3
GOVT 302Modern Political and Economic Ideas3
GOVT 320American Executive Processes/Institutions3
GOVT 321American Judicial System3
GOVT 322American Legislative System3
GOVT 324Applied Ethics in Public Policy3
GOVT 327State and Local Government3
GOVT 329American Exceptionalism3
GOVT 340International Relations3
GOVT 474American Political Parties3
GOVT 492Senior Seminar3
PPOG 500Introduction to Research and Writing3
Total Hours39
BS in Government: Politics and Policy Free Electives
Choose 4-16 credit hours of Free Electives4-16
Total Hours4-16
MAPP - Think Tank Policy Research Core Courses
PPOG 502Economics and Public Policy3
PPOG 504Leadership, Statesmanship, and Governance3
PPOG 506Introduction to Geopolitics and International Diplomacy3
PPOL 501Foundations of American Governance: An Introduction to Public Policy3
PPOL 505Applied Public Policy Research Methods3
Total Hours15
MAPP - Think Tank & Policy Research Cognate
PPOG 600Think Tank, Research, Training, and Policy Development3
PPOG 600Think Tank, Research, Training, and Policy Development3
PPOG 600Think Tank, Research, Training, and Policy Development3
Total Hours9
MAPP - Think Tank Policy Research Thesis or Elective Courses 1,2
PPOG 688Thesis Proposal 13
PPOG 689Thesis Research 1,2,33
PPOG 690Thesis Defense 1,20
Total Hours6
1

Students may take two elective courses4 instead of PPOG 688, PPOG 689, & PPOG 690

2

Any student who is not ready for enrollment in PPOG 690 after completing PPOG 689 may be required, as determined by the student’s thesis chair, to repeat PPOG 689 until deemed ready for enrollment in PPOG 690

3

While PPOG 689 may be taken more than once, only one enrollment in the course will be permitted to count toward degree requirements

4

Choose from the following courses: Any 500-600 level course offered by the Helms School of Government. Other 500-600 level courses will be considered on a case-by-case basis

All applicable prerequisites must be met

Graduation Requirements

  • 150 Total hours
  • 120 Credit hours must be 100-400 level courses (PPOG 502 and PPOG 503 included)
  • 2.0 Overall grade point average required for undergraduate degree
  • 3.0 Overall grade point average required for graduate degree
  • 30 Credit hours of undergraduate courses must be upper-level courses (300-400 level)
  • Grade of 'C' Minimum required for all upper level courses in the major (300-400 level)
  • Grade of 'C' No more than two grades of C may be applied to Masters level courses (includes grades of C+ & C-)
  • Grade of 'D' No grades of D may be applied to Masters level courses (includes grades of D+ & D-)
  • 25% Of the undergraduate courses in the major must be taken through Liberty University
  • 50% Of the graduate concentration must be taken through Liberty University
  • 30 Credit hours of undergraduate courses must be completed through Liberty University
  • 6 years Degree must be completed within 6 years
  • Grad App Submission of Degree Completion Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date
  • CSER All requirements must be satisfied before a degree will be awarded
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterHours
BIBL 105 Old Testament Survey 2
ENGL 101 Composition and Rhetoric 3
THEO 201 Theology Survey I 2
UNIV 101 Foundational Skills 1
Information Literacy Elective (GEOG 200) 1 3
GOVT 200 Constitutional Government and Free Enterprise 3
GOVT 230 Public Policy Research and Writing 3
Elective 1
CSER  
 Hours18
Second Semester
BIBL 110 New Testament Survey 2
Critical Thinking Elective 1 3
Cultural Studies Elective (GOVT 220) 1 3
GOVT 302 Modern Political and Economic Ideas 3
GOVT 321 American Judicial System 3
GOVT 322 American Legislative System 3
CSER  
 Hours17
Third Semester
Information Literacy Elective 1 3
Social Science Elective 1 3
Technology Competency 2 0-3
Elective 1
 Hours7-10
Second Year
First Semester
GOVT 210 Introduction to Political Science 3
GOVT 301 Ancient Political and Economic Ideas 3
GOVT 320 American Executive Processes/Institutions 3
GOVT 327 State and Local Government 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
CSER  
 Hours18
Second Semester
EVAN 101 Evangelism and the Christian Life 2
RLGN 105 Introduction to Biblical Worldview 2
THEO 202 Theology Survey II 2
GOVT 324 Applied Ethics in Public Policy 3
GOVT 350 Political Economy and Public Policy 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
CSER  
 Hours18
Third Semester
Communication Elective 1 3
Natural Science Elective 1 3
 Hours6
Third Year
First Semester
GOVT 329 American Exceptionalism 3
GOVT 330 Introduction to Comparative Politics 3
GOVT 340 International Relations 3
GOVT 425 American Foreign Policy 3
GOVT 474 American Political Parties 3
Elective 3
CSER  
 Hours18
Second Semester
MATH Elective (MATH 201) 1 3
GOVT 421 American Constitutional History 3
GOVT 492 Senior Seminar 3
PPOG 500 Introduction to Research and Writing 3
PPOG 503 Political Philosophy 3
Elective 3
CSER  
 Hours18
Fourth Year
First Semester
PPOG 502 Economics and Public Policy 3
PPOG 600 Think Tank, Research, Training, and Policy Development 3
PPOG 688 Thesis Proposal 3 3
PPOL 501 Foundations of American Governance: An Introduction to Public Policy 3
PPOL 505 Applied Public Policy Research Methods 3
 Hours15
Second Semester
PPOG 504 Leadership, Statesmanship, and Governance 3
PPOG 506 Introduction to Geopolitics and International Diplomacy 3
PPOG 600 Think Tank, Research, Training, and Policy Development 3
PPOG 600 Think Tank, Research, Training, and Policy Development 3
PPOG 689 Thesis Research 3,4,5 3
PPOG 690 Thesis Defense 3,4 0
 Hours15
 Total Hours150-153
1

Refer to the list of approved general education electives at www.liberty.edu/gened before enrolling in foundational skills requirements

2

All students must pass the Computer Assessment OR complete applicable INFT course; refer to www.liberty.edu/computerassessment for more information

3

Students may take two additional elective courses6 instead of PPOG 688, PPOG 689, & PPOG 690

4

Any student who is not ready for enrollment in PPOG 690 after completing PPOG 689 may be required, as determined by the student’s thesis chair, to repeat PPOG 689 until deemed ready for enrollment in PPOG 690

5

While PPOG 689 may be taken more than once, only one enrollment in the course will be permitted to count toward degree requirements

6

Choose from the following courses: Any 500-600 level course offered by the Helms School of Government. Other 500-600 level courses will be considered on a case-by-case basis

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