Students interested in studying political science can attend some of the best Christian colleges throughout the country. These schools offer some of the best and most diverse programs in the field with unique learning experiences. Find out more about a few of these schools and their political science programs.
Some of the best Christian colleges for political science are associated with the Catholic, Methodist and Presbyterian faiths. In the table below, you can learn about some of the schools' locations and undergraduate tuition rates.
|School Name||Institution Type||Denomination||Location||Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)*|
|Georgetown University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Roman Catholic||Washington, D.C.||$52,300|
|Duke University||4-year, private not-for-profit||United Methodist||Durham, NC||$53,500|
|Brigham Young University - Provo||4-year, private not-for-profit||Latter Day Saints (Mormon Church)||Provo, UT||$5,460|
|University of Notre Dame||4-year, private not-for-profit||Roman Catholic||Notre Dame, IN||$51,505|
|Davidson College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Presbyterian Church (USA)||Davidson, NC||$49,949|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
Description of the Best Christian Colleges for Political Science
Some of the best Christian colleges for political science offer the subject at the undergraduate and graduate degree levels. These schools also provide spiritual resources for students and vary in size. Compare and contrast some of the best Christian colleges for political science here.
Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., had a little more than 7,460 undergraduate students in 2017, according to the NCES. Students interested in studying political science can choose from Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree programs in government or political economy, Bachelor of Science (BS) degree programs in foreign service with three different concentrations, a variety of Master of Arts (MA) degree programs in the field, several joint degree programs or a Doctor of Philosophy in Government. According to the school's website, the PhD in Government is considered one of the best political science programs in the country, has an ideal location in the nation's capital and maintains impressive faculty scholars and practitioners who conduct current research in the field. For their spiritual lives, students on campus can participate in worship services, interfaith programs, spiritual retreats, immersion experiences and/or student organizations, like Hoya Faith Groups.
North Carolina's Duke University is home to a large political science department that offers an undergraduate degree program with 6 different fields of study, including political methodology and political behavior and identities, an MA in Political Science, an MA in Analytical Political Economy, a joint Juris Doctor (JD)/MA program and a doctoral program. Students in these programs can work alongside faculty, who are leaders in their field and continue to publish books, while researching areas such as security, peace and conflict, political economy or normative political theory and philosophy. Students interested in further developing their spiritual lives can participate in worship services, mission trips, interfaith engagement activities, PathWays Student Ministries and other student groups, like the Navigators and Agape Campus Ministry. The university had about 6,700 undergraduates in 2017, per the NCES.
Brigham Young University - Provo
Brigham Young University - Provo in Utah helps students connect their faith with service through their Center for Service and Learning, but also provides spiritual growth opportunities through devotionals, spiritual conferences and workshops and guest speakers. According to the NCES, the university had a little more than 31,230 undergraduate students in 2017. The university offers a BA in Political Science that requires students to complete a research project in political theory, international relations, American politics, comparative politics or public policy. The Department of Political Science also offers more than 10 professional groups for the field, such as Great Minds Academy, and five professional tracks for the degree program: political strategy, international strategy and diplomacy, legal studies, research and analysis and global development.
University of Notre Dame
Indiana's University of Notre Dame had close to 8,580 undergraduate students in 2017, according to the NCES. The university offers an undergraduate major in political science that includes an honors program with a senior thesis, internship opportunities and an Honor Society, as well as a doctoral program in the field with available subfields in American politics, political theory, comparative politics, international relations and constitutional studies. Students in these programs also have access to the university's unique International Security Center and Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy. The university helps students grow spiritually by providing Mass, worship services, spiritual retreats, pilgrimages, small group Bible studies, faith sharing groups and the Anchor Senior Internship opportunity.
Davidson College in North Carolina is an undergraduate institution that offers a political science major that provides students with research, study abroad and internship opportunities. The school also has the unique Davidson in Washington program where students complete an 8-week long government internship in Washington, D.C., and a seminar course taught by a Davidson professor. Christian life on campus includes various worship services and student-led religious organizations, such as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and Virtuous Praise Gospel Choir. As of 2017, the college had 1,810 students, according to the NCES.