Lincoln Memorial University

Political Science

To inquire about this program:
Dr. John Grove |423.869.6549|

What is Political Science?

Political science studies how government impacts citizens, how citizens can impact government, and how citizens relate to one another. Students of political science examine the American constitution and the institutions and processes which it produced; They examine how nations interact with one another and how other nations’ governments differ from our own; They also examine big questions like “what is justice?” and “why do human beings need government?” Politics is at the core of our societal relationships, our economy, our interaction with other nations, and our cognizance of who we are as a people. Politics also defines and clarifies our individual rights and our responsibilities to one another. Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story claimed that “Republics are created by the virtue, public spirit and intelligence of the citizens.” An education in political science can help a person think, speak and act more thoughtfully when it comes to essential issues that face every citizen of America’s republic.


Meet the Faculty

Dr. John Grove; Assistant Professor of Political Science

Dr. Martin Sellers; Dean, School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Dr. Steven Roberts; Instructor of Political Science

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

Political Science majors will take a diverse set of engaging and eye-opening courses studying American political institutions, campaigns and elections, constitutional law, political philosophy, international politics and comparative government. In addition to their general education courses, all students must take major introductory courses, and upper-division electives of their choice. The BA in Political Science requires 122 total credit hours. The required major coursework is below:

Required Courses

All students must take:

POLS 100 – American National Government

PSYC 280 – Statistics for Social Science

POLS 497 – Political Science Seminar


Gateway Courses

All students must complete at least two of the following. Completion of all three courses is strongly recommended:

POLS 212 – State and Local Government

POLS 240 – Introduction to Political Ideas

POLS 250 – Introduction to International Relations


POLS Electives

Fifteen credit hours (five courses) of POLS 300-400 level electives:

POLS 320: Comparative Politics                                           

POLS 321: Introduction to Public Administration                

POLS 322: Introduction to Public Policy                              

POLS 324: Law and the Judicial System                              

POLS 331: Introduction to Constitutional Law                    

POLS 332: Politics and the Legislative Process                    

POLS 335: The Presidency                                                   

POLS 350: American Foreign and Security Policy               

POLS 441: Liberal Democracy and its Critics                      

POLS 395/495: Special Topics in Political Science              

POLS 498: Internship                                                            

 Total: 30 credit hours

Political Science Minor

Because so many areas of human life relate to politics, Political Science is an outstanding minor to complement any number of majors. Knowledge of the policymaking and regulatory process, and the dynamics of international politics are useful for Business majors; understanding of the institutions and trends in American politics is useful for English majors interested in journalism; studying courts and constitutional law is useful for Criminal Justice majors; the opportunity to examine the philosophic foundations of politics and government can be an excellent complement to a philosophy major. This list goes on! The requirements of the POLS minor are below:

All students must take: POLS 100 – American National Government

All students must take two of the following three:

POLS 212 – State and Local Government

POLS 240 – Introduction to Political Ideas

POLS 250 – Introduction to International Relations

9 Credit hours of 300-400 POLS electives

Total: 18 credit hours

Political Science Four Year Plan

Political Science Three Year Plan w/Law School in 4th Year

Further Education

Political Science graduates are well prepared for any number of graduate programs, including law school, MBA programs, MPA programs, as well as MA and PhD programs in political science.

Job Opportunities for Political Science Majors

Politics relates to almost every area of life. In addition to finding jobs in local, state and federal government, political science graduates find successful careers as attorneys, consultants, teachers, journalists, law enforcement officers, lobbyists, researchers, archivists, bankers, business administrators and activists. Employment opportunities in the growing health care sector, large organizations, multi-national organizations and organizations that need individuals versed in government relations, advocacy, contracting and conflict management also exist.




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Harrogate, TN 37752