Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

From Passion to Profession

The Bachelor of Arts in Political Science Degree at California Baptist University Online and Professional Studies, prepares students to transform their passion for politics and law into professional opportunities. By earning a B.A. in Political Science at CBU, students gain the knowledge and skills necessary to create, implement and evaluate public policy and to become engaged citizens of their community, country and the world.

Patricia Kircher, D.P.A., Political Science
Patricia Kircher, D.P.A., Faculty Lead

Balanced Curriculum

The Bachelor of Arts in Political Science degree program at CBU offers a balanced curriculum that serves as a solid educational foundation for students interested in pursuing a career in public service, teaching, and non-profit organizations or attending law school or another graduate program. Students develop a broad understanding of political processes, government systems, and public policy from historical and current as well as domestic and international perspectives.

Marketable Skills

Students also emerge from the program with skill sets employers from the private and public sectors actively seek. Rigorous and relevant coursework challenges and motivates students to strengthen their verbal and written skills, critical thinking processes, and ability to choose and defend positions on the important issues of today. Students are taught not what to think, but how to critically think for themselves.

Interactive and Faith-Based

Led by faculty dedicated to Christian values as well as to their students’ success, small classrooms provide interactive environments in which students can expand their knowledge and examine their own beliefs. Keeping with CBU’s faith-based mission, classes are taught from a Christian perspective that emphasizes the ethical component of political science and public policy.

Want More Information?

CBU is now accepting applications for the program. To apply or find out more information regarding CBU’s Online & Professional Programs, please visit www.cbuonline.edu, or contact Admissions at 877-CBU-3608.

What are CBU's admissions requirements?
  • 24 transferrable units preferred
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0
  • Speak with an Admissions Counselor to discuss options at 951.343.3900 or cbuonline@calbaptist.edu
How much will my education at CBU cost?
  • Approximately 49 units to graduate depending on transferred units
  • Costs vary depending on the number of units transferred
  • Per unit cost is $495
How can I afford to go to CBU?
  • Financial assistance is available
  • The first step is to fill-out the FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov
  • CBU’s FAFSA School Code: 001125
Contact Admissions

Phone: 951.343.3900
Email: cbuonline@calbaptist.edu


Program Requirements

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science Major Program (49 units)

Prerequisites to Program

Composition
Intermediate Composition

Lower Division Requirements (6 units)

American Government
State and Local Government

Upper Division Requirements (36 units)

Fundamentals of Criminal Law
Applied Ethics
Congress and the Presidency
American Political Theory
Christianity and Citizenship
Diplomatic History of the United States
International Law
Research Methods in Political Science
Administrative Law and Bureaucracy
Constitutional Law I
Constitutional Law II
Senior Project

Additional Program Requirements (7 units)

Overview of the Bible
Upper Division Christian Studies

Financial Aid Assistance Scenarios

Scenario 1 – Veteran’s Benefit Recipient
Full Time 9 units: fall, spring, summer
Veteran’s Benefits – Post 9/11 GI Bill &
CBU Yellow Ribbon Program

$14,403   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)
- $14,403   GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Benefits
$0

Scenario 2 – Tuition Reimbursement and Loan Recipient
Full Time 9 units: fall, spring, summer
Tuition Reimbursement and Loan Recipient

$14,403   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)

Financial Aid Assistance Options
$2,500   Employer Tuition Reimbursement**

Scenario 3 – Loan Recipient
Full Time 9 units: fall, spring, summer
Stafford Loan Recipient-Subsidized and Unsubsidized

$14,403   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)

Financial Aid Assistance Options
$14,403   Subsidized & Unsubsidized Stafford Loan***
Examples Only: Assumes Eligibility by filing a FAFSA and meeting all eligibility criteria

* tuition costs based on cost per unit
** must be eligible to qualify
*** based on eligibility (assumes graduate level)

Financial Aid Assistance Scenarios

Scenario 1 – Veteran’s Benefit Recipient
Full Time 6 units: fall, spring, summer
Veteran’s Benefits – Post 9/11 GI Bill &
CBU Yellow Ribbon Program

$9,777   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)
- $9,777   GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Benefits
$0

Scenario 2 – Scholarship and Loan Recipient
Full Time 6 units: fall, spring, summer
Scholarship and Loan Recipient

$9,777   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)

Financial Aid Assistance Options
$2,500   Disablity Scholarship**

Scenario 3 – Loan Recipient
Full Time 6 units: fall, spring, summer
Stafford Loan Recipient-Subsidized and Unsubsidized

$9,777   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)

Financial Aid Assistance Options
$9,777   Subsidized & Unsubsidized Stafford Loan***
Examples Only: Assumes Eligibility by filing a FAFSA and meeting all eligibility criteria

* tuition costs based on cost per unit
** must be eligible to qualify
*** based on eligibility (assumes graduate level)

Financial Aid Assistance Scenarios

Scenario 1 – Veteran’s Benefit Recipient
Full Time 12 units: fall, spring, summer
Veteran’s Benefits – Post 9/11 GI Bill &
CBU Yellow Ribbon Program

$18,885   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)
- $18,885   GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Benefits
$0

Scenario 2 – Grant and Loan Recipient
Full Time 12 units: fall, spring, summer
Pell, Cal Grant & Stafford Loan Recipient

$18,885   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)

Financial Aid Assistance Options
$5,645   Pell Grant (maximum estimate)**
$9,084   Cal Grant A (maximum estimate)**
$5,500   Stafford Loan***

Scenario 3 – Loan Recipient
Full Time 12 units: fall, spring, summer
Stafford Loan Recipient-Subsidized and Unsubsidized

$18,885   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)

Financial Aid Assistance Options
$18,750   Subsidized & Unsubsidized Stafford Loan***
Examples Only: Assumes Eligibility by filing a FAFSA and meeting all eligibility criteria

* tuition costs based on cost per unit
** must be eligible to qualify
*** based on eligibility (assumes Independent Student, Junior grade level)

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