American Government Certificate

On-Campus and Online Overview

The purpose of the American Government certificate is to educate students who have a passion for government and public policy, so that they are equipped with the competencies necessary to think biblically and to perform skillfully in the public vocation to which God has called them. Specific competencies include learning and understanding our government's legal foundation and the major branches of government. Optional competencies include national security affairs and campaign management.

  • Explore the Constitution and other dynamics of the political history of the U.S., including the leadership provided by the presidency and Congress.
  • Study the inner workings of political campaigns and elections and engage in practical experiences in the political domain.
  • Explore contemporary and classical economic theory and the interplay of government and markets in developed and less developed nations.
  • Analyze, from a theoretical and practical viewpoint, local, state and national legislative processes and the role of the Executive Branch at these levels in implementing policies and laws.

Career Opportunities

  • Congressional Chief of Staff
  • Legislative Assistant
  • Political Consultant
  • Teacher
  • Community College Instructor
  • Elected Official

Required Co-Requisites (0 credit hours)

Course Number, Title and Credit Hours

Fall

Spring

Summer

A

B

C

D

E

F

ENGL 500
Graduate Academic Writing Seminar
(0)
(must be taken during first semester)

x

x

x

x

x

x

UNIV LIB
Library Research and Resources
(3)
(must be taken during first semester)

x

x

x

x

x

x

American Government Certificate (12 credit hours)
Complete four (4) of the following courses

Course Number, Title and Credit Hours

Fall

Spring

Summer

A

B

C

D

E

F

GOV 619
Constitutional Law & Policy I
(3)

x

 

 

 

 

 

GOV 620
Constitutional Law & Policy II
(3)

 

 

x

 

 

 

GOV 622
Religion & Politics
(3)

 

 

x

 

 

 

GOV 623
Public Policy Initiatives
(3)

 

 

x

 

 

 

GOV 625
International Relations Theory
(3)

x

 

x

 

 

 

GOV 628
The Law & Governance of Higher Ed.
(3)

 

 

 

 

full term

GOV 630
Public Human Resources Management
(3)

 

x

 

 

 

 

GOV 634
Public Budgeting and Taxation Policy
(3)

 

 

 

x

 

 

GOV 635
Presidential Leadership
(3)

x

 

 

 

 

 

GOV 636
Congressional Leadership
(3)

 

 

 

x

 

 

GOV 639
Anglo-American Constitutionalism
(3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

GOV 660
Intelligence and National Security
(3)

x

 

 

 

 

 

GOV 670
Principles of Public Administration
(3)

x

 

 

 

 

 

GOV 671
Organizational Theory
(3)

 

x

 

 

 

 

GOV 677
Terrorism and Homeland Defense
(3)

 

x

 

 

 

 

GOV 678
Crisis/Disaster Consequence Management
(3)

 

 

 

x

 

 

GOV 679
National Security Affairs
(3)

 

 

 

 

x

 

GOV 689
American Foreign Policy
(3)

 

 

x

 

 

 

GOV 693
Managing Not-For-Profit & Faith Based Org.
(3)

 

x

 

 

 

 

GOV 694
Not-For-Profit & Faith Based Org. Fund. Dev.
(3)

 

 

x

 

 

 

GOV 696
Special Topics in NPRF Management
(3)

 

 

 

 

x