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

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

Important: This degree plan is effective for those starting this degree program in fall 2023 through summer 2024. 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

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


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

Major Foundational Courses
GOVT 200Constitutional Government and Free Enterprise 13
GOVT 220American Government 13
Total Hours6

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

Choose a 300-400 level CJUS or GOVT course not already required in the major

Free Electives
Choose 15-21 credit hours of Free Electives15-21
Total Hours15-21

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
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterHours
ENGL 101 Composition and Rhetoric 3
THEO 104 Introduction to Theology Survey 4
RLGN 104 Christian Life and Biblical Worldview 4
UNIV 104 Instructional Technology for Successful Online Learning 0-3
Social Science Elective (GOVT 200) 1 3
Second Semester
BIBL 104 Survey of Old and New Testament 4
GOVT 220 American Government 3
Communications Elective 1 3
Critical Thinking Elective 1 3
Information Literacy Elective 1 3
Second Year
First Semester
Information Literacy Elective 1 3
MATH Elective 1 3
GOVT 210 Introduction to Political Science 3
GOVT 230 Public Policy Research and Writing 3
GOVT 301 Ancient Political and Economic Ideas 3
Second 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
Third Year
First Semester
GOVT 324 Applied Ethics in Public Policy 3
GOVT 327 State and Local Government 3
GOVT 330 Introduction to Comparative Politics 3
GOVT 340 International Relations 3
GOVT 421 American Constitutional History 3
Second Semester
Natural Science Elective 1 3
GOVT 321 American Judicial System 3
GOVT 350 Political Economy and Public Policy 3
GOVT 425 American Foreign Policy 3
GOVT 458 Public Policy Development in the Political Environment 3
Fourth Year
First Semester
GOVT 474 American Political Parties 3
GOVT 490 Political Theory 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Second Semester
GOVT 492 Senior Seminar 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Total Hours120-123

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

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