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Bachelor of Arts

Public Policy

William Jessup University’s Public Policy Degree Program is dedicated to preparing tomorrow’s leaders today. This unique, multidisciplinary program integrates Christian education, political science and public administration to equip students for graduate school and careers in the public sector. The program develops Christian critical thinkers to analyze today’s issues, implement tomorrow’s policies, and lead our community, state, nation and world ethically and effectively.

Program Details

  • Understand biblical and ethical principles and standards and apply them to public policy issues and institutions.
  • Appreciate the significance of civil society and actively engage in civic participation.
  • Develop critical thinking, problem-solving, and management skills for policymaking and public administration.
  • Recognize and interrelate political structures, participants, and principles for policymaking and implementation.
  • Acquire and apply knowledge of American and comparative history and government to current events, issues, and institutions.
  • Acquire and apply knowledge of constitutional and international principles and organizations for governance, civic participation, and civil and human rights.
  • Identify and utilize effective and principled methods and approaches to political process, policy research and analysis, and public administration.
  • Integrate political knowledge and policy principles to practical public sector fields such as communications and media, criminal justice, economics and management, government and politics, and law and policy.
  • Legislator
  • Lobbyist
  • Government/Organizational/International Leadership
  • Academics
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Media/Public Relations/Journalism
  • Military
  • Criminal Justice
  • Law
  • Policy Analyst

PPOL111 American Government

This course provides a historical and institutional review of American government, tracing its development following the Revolutionary War and Constitutional Convention to its modern structures. The course will provide an overview of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches as well as governmental agencies and institutions within and outside these branches.

3 units

PPOL201 Political Theory and Philosophy

An introduction to political theory and philosophy, this course surveys classic and modern thinkers and writings that provide the context for and development of contemporary political thought,structures, and society. The course provides foundational principles of American government and politics and for a comparative study of governments and politics worldwide.

3 units

PPOL221 Political Process

This course provides an overview of U.S. political processes in the executive, judicial, and legislative branches with an emphasis in electoral process. The course will also provide an introduction to specific administrative processes, between branches and within agencies. Students will develop an understanding of how political structures develop and implement policy.

3 units

PPOL253 Public Administration I

This course is intended to serve as an undergraduate introduction to the study and practice of public administration. Although the field has a shorter history than other social sciences, gaining a perspective on the way in which it has developed helps to understand the current practice of administering the public’s business. It is also important to understand the broader social and political environment within which public administration functions as well as the dynamics of behavior within large organizations. Indeed, to be successful, a well‐trained administrator must have a clear grasp of the continuing issues that have shaped the field since its inception.

3 units

PPOL304 Ethics in Public Policy

Biblical principles and ethical standards provide the basis for an understanding of Christian policymaking. This course provides a review and discussion of the moral and ethical standards and conduct for public sector leadership and service. Coursework includes a review of biblical teaching on ethics, other prominent writings on ethics principles and ethical practices, and application of such principles and practices to a modern ethics issue or case study.

3 units

PPOL324 State and Local Government

This course provides an overview of California state and local government. The course examines the major state offices and their bureaucracies, the California state legislature and budget process, and local governments. This course will establish an understanding of how state government works and interacts with county and city governments, and the role of the players and policies that influence and are influenced by state and local government.

3 units

PPOL325 Comparative Government and Politics

A survey of the major modern political and governmentalsystems, the course will review varying political regimes as well as compare Western and Eastern governmental systems. The course will also provide a comparative review of the major political and governmental systems around the globe – democracy, monarchy, communist/Marxist, theocracy—with a specific study of Great Britain, Russia, China, India, Iran, Nigeria, and Mexico.

3 units

PPOL341 Political Economy

An introduction to the principles of micro‐ and macroeconomics, this course reviews both the principles of economic theory and application, as well as a comparative review of economic practices. The course includes an analysis of supply and demand, allocation of resources, and economic aggregates. The course also emphasizes the significance of economic policies as they relate to political policymaking.

3 units

PPOL353 Public Administration II

This course covers the major administrative theories that drive macro‐level public behavior. The course will discuss the significance of the study of public administration, how theorists and practitioners have sought to develop formal perspectives on public management that have constructed an integrated perspective on public management. The course will examine a range of management issues and strategies within the context of managing public organizations including the day‐to‐day dilemmas faced by competent public managers.

3 units

PPOL361 Constitution and Civil Rights

The Constitution is the Supreme Law of the United States and provides the foundation for the laws, processes and structures of our government and political system. This course will provide an understanding of the major provisions of this document as they relate to American government and politics. The course will also highlight the rights and responsibilities of citizens and residents, and introduce civil rights protected by the Constitution and related legislation.

3 units

PPOL463 International Relations and Human Rights

This course studies the institutions that conduct international relations and/or implement international policy, and the issues that inform those policies. The course will review governmental bodies such as the U.S. State Department, as well as intergovernmental organizations, particularly the United Nations, and how they address current international issues. The course will also highlight nongovernmental international organizations and major international documents and protections related to international human rights.

3 units

PPOL475 Public Policy Internship

Senior year program of activity in public policy field. Involves field supervision and a faculty advisor. Interns will complete a regimen of assigned tasks and written reports.

3 units

PPOL491 Political Research and Policy Analysis

Students will learn basic methods to research and compile statistical, historical, and legal data for policy analysis.  The course will provide working examples and opportunities to apply research methods to current policy issues.

3 units

Criminal Justice (12 units)

Choose four courses from the following:
Introduction to Criminal Justice (PPOL260) 3
Introduction to Criminal Law (PPOL261) 3
Criminology (PPOL362)      3
Police and Society (PPOL364)      3
Corrections (PPOL366)      3
Forensics (PPOL368) 3
Violence and Terrorism (PPOL469)      3
Social Psychology (PSYC203)      3
Cross‐Cultural Issues in Psychology (PSYC332)      3
Abnormal Psychology (PSYC351)     3
Psychology of Addiction (PSYC352)     3
Community Psychology (PSYC430)      3

12 units

Public Administration (12 units)

Choose four courses from the following:
American Presidency (PPOL328) 3
Economic Development (PPOL342) 3
Public Budgeting (PPOL343) 3
Administrative Law (PPOL466) 3
Business Statistics (BUS190)      3
Macroeconomics (BUS240)      3
Microeconomics (BUS241)      3
Legal Implications for Business (BUS260)      3
Organizational Communication (BUS302) 3
Marketing (BUS320)      3
Financial Management (BUS342)      3
International Business (BUS372)      3
Nonprofit Management (BUS373)      3
Human Resource Management (BUS382) 3

12 units

General Concentration (9 units)

Choose nine units of electives from any of the concentrations.

9 units

Government and Politics (12 units)

Choose four courses from the following: 
Legislative Process (PPOL321)      3
American Presidency (PPOL328) 3
Campaign Organizing (PPOL329)      3
Law and Social Policy (PPOL363) 3
American Foreign Policy (PPOL365)      3
International Conflict and Conflict Resolution (PPOL464)      3
Global Advocacy and Diplomacy (PPOL465) 3
Violence and Terrorism (PPOL469)      3
First Amendment (PPOL470) 3
American Literature to 1865 (ENGL231) or American Literature 1865 to Present (ENGL232)   3
Christianity and Islam in Conflict (HIST372)      3
California History (HIST481) 3
World Religions (ICS320OL)      3
The Modern Middle East (ICS380OL) 3
Muslim‐Christian‐Jewish Relations (ICS381OL) 3
The Israeli‐Palestinian Conflict (ICS382OL) 3
American Policy in the Middle East (ICS383OL) 3

12 units

PPOL304 Ethics in Public Policy

Biblical principles and ethical standards provide the basis for an understanding of Christian policymaking. This course provides a review and discussion of the moral and ethical standards and conduct for public sector leadership and service. Coursework includes a review of biblical teaching on ethics, other prominent writings on ethics principles and ethical practices, and application of such principles and practices to a modern ethics issue or case study.

3 units
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Bachelor of Arts

BA in Public Policy


Criminal Justice
Government and Politics
Public Administration


Public Policy Minor

Program Advisor

Phillip Escamilla

Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Faculty & Staff

Andrew D. Carico, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor and Lead Faculty for Politics and Government

Keith Bolte, M.A., M.Ed

Lead Faculty Criminal Justice and Public Administration

Phillip Escamilla, Ed.M, J.D.

Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

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