Politics, Philosophy, and Economics (BA/BS)

The purpose of Dallas Baptist University’s Politics, Philosophy, and Economics program is to:

  • Produce graduates who can think critically about the complex global challenges of our day.

  • Engage students in foundational courses in political theory, economics, and philosophy in order to transform students’ intellectual lives by preparing them to be influencers who impact society for the glory of God.

  • Provide opportunities for students to take advantage of service-learning through internship programs.

  • Integrate faith and learning throughout the curriculum.

  • Prepare students with an educational foundation that leads them to careers in politics, journalism, industry, education, business management, consultancy and public relations, diplomatic services, banking and finance, international institutions, law, and local and regional government.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

courses

credit hours (ba)

credit hours (bS)

Developing A Christian Mind
DCM 2301 - Developing a Christian Mind

3

3

English

12

9

ENGL 1301 - Composition and Rhetoric I

ENGL 1302 - Composition and Rhetoric II

ENGL 2301 - World Literature I

and/or

ENGL 2302 - World Literature II

Fine Arts
FINE 1306 - Introduction to Fine Arts

3

3

Foreign Language
*Six hours at the 2000 level if adequate requisites are met

14*

0

Foundations for Excellence

1

1

FOUN 1101 - Foundations for Excellence

is required of all first-year and transfer students with fewer than 15 credit hours.

(AP, CLEP, IB, or dual/concurrent credit earned while in high school does not count toward these 15 credit hours.)

History

6

6

Choose two:

HIST 1301 - U.S. History to 1865

HIST 1302 - U.S. History Since 1865

HIST 2301 - World Civilization I

HIST 2302 - World Civilization II

Kinesiology

2

2

KNES 1101 - Fitness for Living

and one additional activity course (KNES 1102-1122); for veterans or those 25 years of age or older prior to enrollment at DBU, KNES courses are waived

Mathematics

3

3

(BA)

Choose one:

MATH 1301 - Math for Liberal Arts

MATH 1303 - College Algebra

MATH 1307 - Finite Math for Business Analysis

MATH 1405 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry I


(BS)

Choose one:

MATH 1303 - College Algebra

MATH 1307 - Finite Math for Business Analysis

MATH 1405 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry I

Natural Science (1000 or 2000 level courses only)

4

15

One laboratory science (BA)

or

15 credit hours of laboratory science (BS)

selected from two or more areas of Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, Physical Science, or Physics

Religion

9

9

RELI 1301 - Old Testament Survey

RELI 1302 - New Testament Survey

and

three additional credit hours depending on credit hours transferred at time of initial enrollment

Social Science (1000 or 2000 level courses only)

6

6

POLS 2301 - American National Government

and an additional three credit hours may be selected from Economics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology.

TOTAL GENERAL STUDIES HOURS

63

57

Politics, Philosophy, and Economics Major

30

30

ECON 2301 - Principles of Macroeconomics

ECON 2302 - Principles of Microeconomics

ECON 4312 - History of Free Market Thought

PHIL 2301 - Introduction to Philosophy

PHIL 4303 - Ethics

POLS 3313 - Internship in Political Science (S-L)

POLS 4302 - Comparative Government

POLS 4310 - Fundamentals of International Relations (S-L)

Choose two of the following:

LED 3307 - A Christian Worldview of Business, Politics, and the Law

LED 4301 - Introduction to Leadership

LED 4308 - Great Leaders in History

PHIL 3303 - Philosophy of Religion

POLS 2303 - Statistics for the Social Sciences

POLS 4305 - American Political Tradition

POLS 4306 - Religion and Politics in the United States

Electives

Upper-Level*

(*will be 24 Upper-Level hours if POLS 2303 is chosen in the major)

21

21

Lower or Upper-Level

6

12

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED

120

120

A 120-credit-hour minimum for a bachelor's degree is required, including 42 upper-level credit hours.

Minimum GPA Required for Graduation from Dallas Baptist University: DBU requires a minimum institutional cumulative, major, and minor GPA of 2.0.

(S-L) = Course(s) with field-based service-learning component.

ACCELERATED DEGREES AVAILABLE

DBU also offers Accelerated Bachelor’s and Master’s degree program(s) for this degree available for qualifying undergraduate students. Refer to Accelerated Bachelor's and Master's Degree Program Requirements for additional information.

Refer to individual course descriptions for course requisites.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

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