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B.A. in Government

Govern Your Future

The world of politics needs more influential voices like yours. Regent’s Bachelor of Arts in Government will help prepare you for a career in public service, government, teaching and beyond. Choose from one of three concentrations or pursue a general government major to customize to your interests and career goals. Explore the world’s political systems and philosophies and how they affect policies today — all from a Christian perspective.

On Campus, Online
120+
March 15, 2021
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Regent has been ranked among top national universities by U.S. News & World Report for two consecutive years (2019 and 2020). Our programs have also been ranked by it as the #1 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in Virginia for 8 consecutive years.

SHARPEN YOUR SKILLS

Strengthen your writing, critical thinking, analysis, and persuasive communication skills.

BUILD ON A STRONG FOUNDATION

Anchor your knowledge and skill on Christian principles and values.

ACCESS FACULTY EXPERTISE

Be mentored by faculty in Virginia Beach who hold the highest degrees in their field.

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Explore exciting scholarship opportunities such as academic merit scholarships, honors college scholarships, and more! Learn about scholarships for on-campus incoming freshmen: the $10,000 Freedom Scholarship, $4,000 Homeschool Scholarship, and $4,000 Private School Scholarship.

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On completing the B.A. in Government degree, you will be able to:

  • Explore the foundations that drive systems of government.
  • Understand how governments develop policies to govern society.
  • Develop your skills in persuasive communication and professional writing.
  • Pursue a career in public service, government, or teaching.

Career Opportunities

  • Policy Analysis
  • Law
  • Advocacy
  • Government Agencies & Nonprofit Organizations
  • International Relations
$117Thousand
Median annual wage for Political Scientists Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Government – American Government & Politics will teach you about the mechanics of politics, how public policy is formed, and how to critically evaluate the social and political systems of the world.

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The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Government – International Relations & Foreign Policy enables you to explore the ever-increasing global political landscape while you study topics on contemporary global problems, geopolitics and more.

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The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Government – Pre-Law will grow your knowledge of the federal judiciary and constitution, and develop your skills in persuasive communication and professional writing, as you prepare for law school or other careers in law and government.

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The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Government – Undeclared will align your studies with your career goals through courses in public policy and administration, state and local government, foreign policy, constitutional law, the legislative process, the judicial system and more.

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Explores some of the main fields within the discipline of government (e.g., comparative politics, political theory) as well as some of the main approaches to the study of government (e.g., interpretivism, behavioralism, institutionalism). Various theories of integration for the study and understanding of government are also introduced.

Evaluates the conduct of foreign affairs, policy, and relationships between nation-states in the international political community. Students are introduced to the history of the international order as well as to the leading international relations’ theories of realism, liberal internationalism, neo-conservatism, human rights, and Marxism.

Offers a systematic exploration and comparison of the world’s political systems. Investigates key trends, patterns, and relationships that may offer explanations regarding the similarities and differences of those systems. As such, emphasis is placed on such topics as political economy, ethnic conflict, democratization, political corruption, and state and nation building.

Provides an analysis of the founding of the United States through an investigation of the important philosophical, constitutional, and political questions surrounding the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, the Constitutional Convention, and the creation and development of the U.S. Constitution. Attention is given to federalism, and the Constitutional institutions of the Presidency, Congress, and the Supreme Court.

Investigates such issues as political participation, public opinion and voting behavior, interest groups and political parties, and civil rights and liberties.

Explores the political philosophy and political thought of important thinkers such as Sophocles, Thucydides, Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Augustine, and Thomas Aquinas through the reading and analysis of their works. Emphasis is given to understanding the foundations of the ancient and medieval era and the political writings composed therein. Prerequisite: GOVT 196.

Investigates the political philosophy and political thought of such important thinkers as Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, J.S. Mill, Rousseau, Kant, and Nietzsche through the reading and analysis of their works. Emphasis is given to understanding the foundations of modernity and the political writings composed therein. Prerequisite: GOVT 196.

Considers the concepts of ideology (worldview or weltanschauung) and philosophy as applied to government and politics. Attention is given to such dominant political ideologies as communism, socialism, fascism, liberalism, and conservatism. Prerequisite: GOVT 196.

This course equips students with methodological skills commensurate with their disciplines, such as clarifying concepts, developing theses, formulating hypotheses, measuring variables, and making controlled comparisons. Prerequisites: MATH 201 and senior standing. Cross-listed with CRJU 457.

Research, writing and defense of an undergraduate thesis. Integration of faith and disciplinary interest. Prerequisite: GOVT 387.

Admission requirements vary based on the stage you're at in life. Select a link below to learn how to apply.

DegreeTuition Block Rate per SemesterCredit Hours per SemesterTotal Credits
Students taking on-campus classes
(fall & spring semesters)
$8,61012 - 18120+
DegreeCost per Credit HourCredit Hours per SemesterTotal Credits
Students taking on-campus classes
(fall & spring semesters)
$574Under 12120+
Students taking on-campus classes
(fall & spring semesters)
$574Over 18120+
Students taking on-campus classes
(summer semester)
$574N/A120+

Housing Fees

Part Time

DegreeCost per Credit HourAvg. # of Credits per SemesterTuition Cost per YearTotal CreditsTuition Cost for Program
Students taking online classes (enrolled in 8 week classes)$4506$6,750120+$54,000

Full Time

DegreeCost per Credit HourAvg. # of Credits per SemesterTuition Cost per YearTotal CreditsTuition Cost for Program
Students taking online classes (enrolled in 8 week classes)$39512$11,850120+$47,400

Military Admissions & Aid

DegreeTuition Block Rate per SemesterCredit Hours per SemesterTotal Credits
Students taking on-campus classes
(fall & spring semesters)
$8,61012 - 18120+
DegreeCost per Credit HourCredit Hours per SemesterTotal Credits
Students taking on-campus classes
(fall & spring semesters)
$605Under 12120+
Students taking on-campus classes
(fall & spring semesters)
$574Over 18120+
Students taking on-campus classes
(summer semester)
$605Under 12120+
Students taking on-campus classes
(summer semester)
$574Over 12120+

Housing Fees

Part Time

DegreeCost per Credit HourAvg. # of Credits per SemesterTuition Cost per YearTotal CreditsTuition Cost for Program
Students taking online classes (enrolled in 8 week classes)$4506$6,750120+$54,000

Full Time

DegreeCost per Credit HourAvg. # of Credits per SemesterTuition Cost per YearTotal CreditsTuition Cost for Program
Students taking online classes (enrolled in 8 week classes)$39512$11,850120+$47,400

Military Admissions & Aid

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