Government (B.S.) - Politics & Policy - Resident

Government (B.S.) - Politics & Policy - Resident

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 101Foundational Skills1
Math ElectiveMATH 114 or higher3
Technology Competency 20-3
Critical Thinking 1
RLGN 105Introduction to Biblical Worldview 32
Critical Thinking Elective3
Civic & Global Engagement 1
EVAN 101Evangelism and the Christian Life 32
Cultural Studies Elective3
Social & Scientific Inquiry 1
Natural Science Elective3
Social Science Elective3
Christianity & Contexts 1
BIBL 105Old Testament Survey2
BIBL 110New Testament Survey2
THEO 201Theology Survey I 32
THEO 202Theology Survey II 32
Total Hours40-43

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


All students must pass the Computer Assessment OR complete applicable INFT course


Students transferring in 45 or more UG credit hours will have the requirements of RLGN 105 and EVAN 101 waived; Students transferring in 60 or more UG credit hours will also have the requirements of THEO 201 and THEO 202 waived

Major Requirements

Major Foundational Courses
GEOG 200Introduction to Geography 13
GOVT 200Constitutional Government and Free Enterprise 13
GOVT 220American Government 13
Total Hours9

Course may fulfill select general education requirements

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
GOVT 490Political Theory3
Total Hours18
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 458Public Policy Development in the Political Environment3
GOVT 474American Political Parties3
GOVT 492Senior Seminar3
Total Hours39
Free Electives
Choose 10-16 credit hours of Free Electives10-16
Total Hours10-16

All applicable prerequisites must be met

Graduation Requirements

  • 120 Total hours
  • 2.0 Overall grade point average
  • 30 Hours must be upper-level courses (300-400 level)
  • Grade of 'C' Minimum required for all courses in the major
  • 25% Of major and concentration taken through Liberty University
  • 30 Hours must be completed through Liberty University
  • 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
INQR 101 Inquiry 1
RLGN 105 Introduction to Biblical Worldview 2
UNIV 101 Foundational Skills 1
Communications Elective 1 3
Second Semester
BIBL 110 New Testament Survey 2
EVAN 101 Evangelism and the Christian Life 2
Information Literacy Elective 1 3
MATH Elective 1 3
Social Science Elective (GOVT 200) 1 3
Second Year
First Semester
RSCH 201 Research 3
THEO 201 Theology Survey I 2
Critical Thinking Elective 1 3
Information Literacy Elective 1 3
GOVT 220 American Government 3
GOVT 230 Public Policy Research and Writing 3
Second Semester
THEO 202 Theology Survey II 2
Natural Science Elective 1 3
Technology Competency 2 0-3
GOVT 210 Introduction to Political Science 3
GOVT 301 Ancient Political and Economic Ideas 3
GOVT 324 Applied Ethics in Public Policy 3
Third Year
First Semester
Cultural Studies Elective 1 3
GOVT 302 Modern Political and Economic Ideas 3
GOVT 320 American Executive Processes/Institutions 3
GOVT 322 American Legislative System 3
GOVT 329 American Exceptionalism 3
Second Semester
GOVT 321 American Judicial System 3
GOVT 327 State and Local Government 3
GOVT 340 International Relations 3
GOVT 350 Political Economy and Public Policy 3
GOVT 421 American Constitutional History 3
Elective 3
Fourth Year
First Semester
GOVT 425 American Foreign Policy 3
GOVT 458 Public Policy Development in the Political Environment 3
GOVT 474 American Political Parties 3
GOVT 490 Political Theory 3
Elective 3
Second Semester
GOVT 330 Introduction to Comparative Politics 3
GOVT 492 Senior Seminar 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 1
 Total Hours120-123

Refer to the list of approved general education electives at before enrolling foundational skills requirements.


All students must pass the Computer Assessment OR complete applicable INFT course; refer to for more information.

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