Spring Arbor University

Political Science

About the Political Science Minor

The study of politics within the Department of History, Political Economy, Geography and Social Studies uses political philosophy, comparative studies, constitutional analysis, empirical theory and economic concepts to give students a broad-based orientation to the American political institutions, other models of governance around the world, and issues facing contemporary society. The discipline explores a pluralistic universe of opinion and method within a community of common commitment to lifelong learning and service. Equipping students to engage critically in the public arena as followers of Christ and active citizens is the goal of the disciplined study of politics.

Students interested in studying politics may take the major in political economy or the major in social studies with emphasis on politics, or a minor in political science.

Other programs offered by the Department of History, Political Economy, Geography and Social Studies are:


Courses and Requirements

The courses for the 20-hour political science minor include such subject areas as American national government, Christianity and politics, comparative government, and western political thought. To view the course requirements, course descriptions, as well as learn more about the political science program at Spring Arbor University, download the undergraduate catalog.

Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

A minor in political science is broadly based on core courses in politics and serves as a complement to any major in the liberal arts where students hold a continuing interest in political affairs. Visit our career development section.

On-Campus Opportunities

On-Campus Opportunities

Spring Arbor University offers a wide range of activities and opportunities for students to get involved and apply what they’re learning in the classroom to real-world contexts. Here are some opportunities that might interest political economy students:

  • Interfaith Shelter Ministries – Interfaith Shelter is a homeless shelter located in downtown Jackson. Spring Arbor students spend one day a week serving food and visiting with the people of the shelter. They also lead small group fellowships and organize an annual food and clothing drive. For information about volunteering at Interfaith Shelter, please call 517.789.8735.
  • Law and Politics Society – LPS is a non-partisan student organization that wants to educate students about government and political issues and get them involved at a local, state, or national level.
  • Model Arab League (event) – Model Arab League is an event sponsored through the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations in which students learn about the politics and history of the Arab world as they study a particular Arab nation and then prepare to “represent” that nation at a mock Arab League summit. Every year, SAU sends a team to the Model Arab League convention held at a participating Michigan university. Learn more about the political economy major.
  • Multicultural and Intercultural Student Organizations – Students of any color or background are celebrated and supported on Spring Arbor University’s campus. With over ten organizations dedicated to fostering a dialogue between various ethnicities and promoting multiculturalism on SAU’s campus, there is something for everyone. Visit the intercultural relations website.