Curriculum

American Government 3
This course provides an 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.
State and Local Government 3
This course provides an overview of California state and local government. It also examines the major state offices and their bureaucracies, the California state legislature and budget process, and local governments. The students 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.
Political Process 3
This course provides an overview of U.S. political processes in the executive, legislative, and judicial branches with an emphasis in electoral process. It will also provide an introduction to specific administrative processes, between branches and within agencies. Students will cultivate an understanding of how political structures develop and implement policy.
Constitution and Civil Rights 3
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. It will also highlight the rights and responsibilities of citizens and residents, and introduce civil rights protected by the Constitution and related legislation.
Ethics in Political Process 3
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 of 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 related to a modern ethics issue or case study.
Organizational Theory and Behavior/Leading Teams 3
This course will address how organizational goals, priorities and strategies interface with the behavior of individuals and teams both inside the organization and through external constituencies. Attention is given to the effect of organizational culture, government laws and regulations, the economy upon organizational behavior and the important dynamics associated with teams.
Political Research & Policy Analysis 3
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.
Administrative Law (PA only) 3
The administrative law process concentrates on the functions and procedures of federal and state administrative agencies and judicial review of agency actions. Topics include the constitutional position of administrative agencies, the availability and scope of judicial review, legislative and executive control of administrative discretion, the administrative power to investigate, the process of decision within the agency and the constitutional right to an administrative hearing.
Criminal Law (CJ only) 3
The criminal law course discusses the creation and application of substantive criminal law. It includes the nature and origins of criminal law, substantive due process, elements of criminal liability, the doctrine of complicity, uncompleted crimes, defenses to criminal liability, and the elements of crimes against persons, property and public order.
Christian Perspective 3
This course challenges students to consider how general revelation (creation) and special revelation (the Bible) of God affects every aspect of life. Each student will be encouraged to develop a truly Christian worldview and both understand as well as critique competing worldviews.
Art of Interpretation 3
Provides an understanding of how the Bible came to be and introduces the basic principles and skills required to interpret it accurately. The emphasis will be on understanding and application of scripture in today’s world. The skills developed will be applicable to critically reading other biblical and extrabiblical materials.
Bible Survey 3
This course introduces the student to the literary genres, historical background, cultural settings and major theological themes of the Bible through a survey and overview approach.

Public Administration I 3
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 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.
Public Administration II 3
This course covers the major administrative theories that drive macro-level public behavior. It will discuss the significance of the study of public administration and how theorists and practitioners have sought to develop formal perspectives on public management that have constructed an integrated perspective on the topic. 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 public managers.
Human Resource Management 3
This course undertakes study of the theories and practices of human resource management; strategies to secure, develop and maintain a productive workforce, job analysis, work design, HR planning, recruitment, selection, training, evaluation, compensation, benefits, EEO, OSHA, labor relations, employee rights, and discipline.
Economic Development 3
This course provides an introduction to the context, theory, process, and practice of state and local economic development policy. The objectives of the course are to provide an introduction to the concepts, ideas and strategies employed in the pursuit of economic development; to review basic principles for critically examining alternative development policies and programs; to reflect on the goals and objectives of economic development efforts; to examine the economic, political, and social context in which development policymaking occurs; to survey and critically review the range of strategies commonly used to improve the economic prospects of neighborhoods, cities, and regions, and to hone the ability to critically analyze and present analysis in a variety of mediums.
Public Budgeting 3
Budgeting touches every aspect of the public sector, demanding that anyone concerned with policy making or implementation understands how the process works. It also shapes the macro economy; it reflects the political power of a variety of actors who engage in different strategies and it determines what programs get funded and at what levels. This course provides a general understanding of budget preparation, adoption and execution; proposed reforms of the budget process, and competing theories of the politics of budgeting.
Capstone Project 5
The purpose of this course is to provide intensive analysis and practical application of the historical, theoretical, and organizational public policy issues and institutions studied in the program. The Seminar will survey major policy areas and provide focused discussion of policy topics such as: business and corporate responsibility; gender, race & ethnicity; education; environment; health & medicine; international policy & advocacy; media & journalism; science & technology. This course may be separated into multiple sections and semesters.
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