skip to Main Content


Bachelor of Arts

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.





The public policy degree program is designed to develop students’ knowledge and skills for service and leadership in public sector careers at the local, national, and international levels or for graduate studies in related fields. The public policy major will provide students with a biblical and theoretical foundation in public policy through course work in ethical, philosophical, historical, governmental, procedural, and managerial principles. The program will build on this foundation by offering direct experiences through seminars, internships, and events to develop practical skills and understanding for policymaking.

  • 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.

Program Concentrations

Criminal Justice
Government and Politics
Public Administration

Program Courses

  • Major Courses (15 Units): The following courses are part of the requirement for this major and are recommended to fulfill general education requirements.
    • BUS240 | Macroeconomics
    • BUS241 | Microeconomics
    • COMM180 or PSYC222 | Speech or Interpersonal Processes
    • HIST291 | American History
    • PHIL271 | Introduction to Philosophy
  • Core Courses (44-45 Units)
    • PPOL111 | American Government
    • PPOL201 | Political Theory and Philosophy
    • PPOL221 | Political Process
    • PPOL253 | Public Adminisstration I
    • PPOL304 | Ethics in Public Policy
    • PPOL324 | State and Local Government
    • PPOL325 | Comparative Government and Politics
    • PPOL341 | Political Economy
    • PPOL353 | Public Administration II
    • PPOL361 | Constitution and Civil Rights
    • PPOL463 | International Relations and Human Rights
    • PPOL475 | Public Policy Internship
    • PPOL491 | Political Research and Policy Analysis
    • PPOL498 | Senior Seminar: Leadership and Service
    • LDRS175 | Career Exploration for Freshman and Sophomores
    • LDRS375 | Career Exploration for Juniors and Seniors

Public Policy Concentrations: Students must choose a concentration listed below.

  • Criminal Justice Concentration (12 units): Choose four courses from the following:
    • PPOL260 | Introduction to Criminal Justice
    • PPOL261 | Introduction to Criminal Law
    • PPOL362 | Criminology
    • PPOL364 | Police and Society
    • PPOL366 | Corrections
    • PPOL368 | Forensics
    • PPOL469 | Violence and Terrorism
    • PSYC203 | Social Psychology
    • PSYC332 | Multicultural Issues in Psychology
    • PSYC351 | Abnormal Psychology
    • PSYC352 | Psychology of Addiction
    • PSYC430 | Community Psychology
  • Public Administration Concentration (12 units): Choose four courses from the following:
    • PPOL328 | American Presidency
    • PPOL342 | Economic Development
    • PPOL343 | Public Budgeting
    • PPOL466 | Administrative Law
    • BUS290 | Business Statistics
    • BUS240 | Macroeconomics
    • BUS241 | Microeconomics
    • BUS260 | Business Law
    • BUS302 | Organizational Communication
    • BUS320 | Marketing
    • BUS342 | Financial Management
    • BUS372 | International Business
    • BUS382 | Human Resource Management
  • General Concentration (9 units): Choose nine units of electives from any of the concentrations.
  • Government and Politics Concentration (12 units): Choose four courses from the following:
    • PPOL321 | Legislative Process
    • PPOL328 | American Presidency
    • PPOL329 | Campaign Organizing
    • PPOL363 | Law and Social Policy
    • PPOL464 | International Conflict and Conflict Resolution
    • PPOL365 | American Foreign Policy
    • PPOL465 | Global Advocacy and Diplomacy
    • PPOL469 | Violence and Terrorism
    • PPOL470 | First Amendment
    • ENGL231 or ENGL232 | American Literature to 1865 or American Literature 1865 to Present
    • HIST372 | Christianity and Islam in Conflict
    • HIST481 | California History
    • ICS320 | World Religions

To view all courses and course descriptions, please see our current Academic Catalog.

Public Policy Minor Courses (21 units)

  • HIST291 | American History
  • PPOL111 | American Government
  • PPOL201 | Political Theory and Philosophy
  • PPOL221 | Political Process
  • PPOL361 | Constitution and Civil Right
  • PPOL463 | International Relations and Human Rights
  • Public Policy elective

To view all courses and course descriptions, please see our current Academic Catalog.

Pete Constant

Program Chair

Our goal is to help students develop the skills needed to be redemptive voices in the world of politics and policy, providing an education in the principles of government combined with practical training for influence in government at all levels.


Erin Hill, J.D., LL.M.

Associate VP of Strategic Academic Projects, Associate Professor - School of Humanities & the Arts

Pete Constant

Program Chair, Public Policy


Timothy Clark

Adjunct, Public Policy


To talk more about your career journey and how Jessup can help prepare you for a rewarding future, connect with an admissions counselor today.


Andrew Carico, Ph.D. is passionate about public policy and teaching students about law, history, and politics through a biblical worldview lens. After a brief season as a political journalist, Andrew now focuses his attention on helping students see how their participation in the political process can help address real-world issues…

Take the Next Step

Start a conversation with Jessup about who you are, what you want to achieve, and how Jessup may be the right fit for your future.

Back To Top