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Taylor Announces New Politics Majors for Fall 2019

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Upland, Indiana—Taylor University’s History, Global and Political Studies (HGPS) department will offer two new political science majors for the 2019-2020 academic year.

With a growing number of incoming students interested in political leadership, public policy, and legal careers, the new majors—Politics and Public Service, and Politics and Law—will give students a background in political theory and provide strong practical experiences—such as the American Studies Program, which sends students to Washington DC for a semester of study and internships, and hands-on political research—to support their coursework.

Fitting the Taylor mission of “developing servant-leaders,” Assistant Professor of Political Science Dr. Jakob Miller says the Politics and Public Service major is built for students with servants’ hearts who are eager to make a difference in their communities. The curriculum, constructed from Taylor’s former Political Science major, will include classes on American and world politics, public policy, and public administration and requires a public service involvement component to help students prepare for real-world careers.

Politics and Law will introduce students to the role of law in society, legal analysis, and legal thought. Courses will familiarize students with particular areas of law, such as international, constitutional, or business law, while electives allow students to expand complementary skills such as logical argument. Students will also learn from practicing legal professionals, giving them a hands-on familiarity with their future career field.

Politics and Public Service and Politics and Law are joining the existing Politics, Philosophy and Economics major, Political Science minor, and Legal Studies minor to continue the legacy of strong political science curriculum at Taylor. Alumni of the HGPS department graduate from Taylor to attend prestigious law schools and work in national, state, and local legislature, judicial systems, law enforcement agencies (including the FBI and CIA), and community development foundations.

The new majors are accepting incoming students for fall 2019.

Students interested in either of these majors are encouraged to contact Admissions Counselor Jared Burgess at or Director of PPE and Political Science Nicholas Kerton-Johnson at for more information.