The political science program at Trinity Christian College equips students to be effective Christian citizens and provides an excellent foundation for pursuing careers in law, government, politics, education, and other spheres of public life. Trinity affords students the opportunity to receive one-on-one attention from highly trained faculty and guidance each step of the way as they consider careers in these areas.
Trinity’s proximity to the Chicago area offers political science majors resources for research and advanced study, as well as unique opportunities for internships, field trips, graduate school, and employment. Trinity students have ready access to governmental institutions and courts at the federal, state, and local levels; prestigious law schools; and law firms of various sizes and specialty areas.
In emphasizing the obligations of Christian citizenship, the political science program offers a traditional curriculum centered on political theory, legal history, and the Anglo-American heritage of government. Upper-level courses include: Political Theory; Christian Political Traditions; Law and Western Culture; The First Amendment and American Democracy; The American Heritage of Religious Freedom; and Law, Justice, and Culture. A field education course and senior seminar ensure practical experience and reflection on a Reformed vision and application for political science.
As a political science student at Trinity, you will be challenged to formulate a Christian worldview encompassing a vibrant, biblically based conception of politics and law, as well as a view of citizenship premised upon civic virtue. You will explore the nature of the state and the establishment of a political order that is good, just, and noble. Political science students learn about biblical virtues such as justice, righteousness, courage, mercy, and compassion. Each student is encouraged to develop and use gifts and talents to make a difference in public life.
Graduates of the political science major at Trinity traditionally pursue careers in public life, including: law, government, politics, law enforcement, criminology, education, and business. Completing a major in political science at Trinity is an excellent way to prepare for graduate work in the field or for entrance into law school. Graduate study in political science (M.A., Ph.D.) typically leads to careers in teaching, research, and consulting. Successful completion of law school results in a Juris Doctor, a versatile degree that opens the door to an array of career opportunities in the governmental and private sectors
In accordance with Trinity’s commitment to provide a “biblically informed liberal arts education in the Reformed tradition,” the mission of the political science program is to inspire students to continue to formulate a Christian worldview of politics and law relevant to both the dynamic local and global polities. The program challenges students to explore current and historical political and legal orders, equipping them to evaluate those structures in a manner that reflects mastery of the discipline and grounding in Biblical hermeneutic. It provides a framework that views all scholarship and community action on a continuum of service to church, state, and society, and as a sincere act of worship glorifying to God.
The political science major consists of a traditional curriculum centered on political theory and legal studies. The program stresses the obligations of Christian citizenship and offers courses in four broad areas: political theory, American politics, law and society, and the international political order. In addition, it prepares students for a variety of careers in politics, government, and law.