Bachelor of Arts in Government with an Emphasis in State and Local Public Policy

Create Public Policy

As the 21st century drives us forward, a push toward greater transparency and effective governance reflects upon the standing of distinguished policy makers and administrators in the legislative branches. The age of information and the innovative, open forums of communication – blogs, social media and the internet as a whole – demand a comprehensive understanding of the political forces in this arena.

The bachelor's degree in government for state and local public policy envisions strong political leadership, which improves and makes a difference in the lives of people in their communities. The program, which serves as an alternative to a political science degree, explores the scope of governance and democracy through patterns of political behavior.

Government and Public Policy Curriculum

At the heart of the traditional, evening or online BA in government is a classical liberal arts education that inspires critical reasoning, effective communication and a strong foundation in research and writing. The program offers an introduction into American politics and government. It provides a deep understanding of the constitutional foundations and the governing institutions in the federal government.

With the classics as well as the more contemporary expressions of political thought, the core of the government degree surveys the development of the American Constitution from its colonial origins to the present day. In the broader framework of political philosophy, the program examines constitutional law and the impact Supreme Court decisions have had on society.

Only minutes from the county, city and state headquarters, GCU's government program makes special reference to Arizona's political and socio-economic environments. It reflects on the development of the city government in the United States and the future of cities through the essential hands on skills of government affairs.

Public Policy in Focus

Public administrators and legislators in the echelons of state and local government are responsible for creating policy and laws that profoundly impact society. A public policy education can extend beyond the public arena into non-profits, regulatory affairs in the private sector, and the broader corporate space that is heavily reliant on public policy and regulations. Research analysts in the political sphere also demand a strong understanding of public policy and the inner-workings of government and politics.

For students who are interested in advancing their education beyond the bachelor's level GCU offers a Master of Public Administration degree.

Program SOC

Political Scientists
Compliance Managers
Regulatory Affairs Managers
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