Department of Political Science & Criminal Justice

Dr. Poe posing with graduates

Our Department aims to prepare students for Christian public service and leadership throughout the world.  Department alumni serve in numerous positions in federal and state agencies, district court judges, city managers, law enforcement, political science professors at major universities, legislative assistants in Congress, partners in major law firms, and also in elective office at the local, state, and federal level. To facilitate this goal, the Department offers:

  • Jack Pope Fellows Program, named for the former Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court, which trains and awards scholarships to outstanding ACU students who intend to pursue careers in public service
  • Study Abroad programs in Europe
  • Internships at the local, regional, state, and national level of the government spectrum
  • Opportunities to become involved in the university through special programs, such as International Justice Mission, the Atlas Missle Base in Lawn, Texas, and the ACU Debate Team. 

The faculty of the Department utilize their educational background, research, work experience, trips abroad, and professional ties to give our students the best training and instruction, which has helped five political science majors be honored as fellows for the Center for the Study of the Presidency in Washington, D.C. and two be selected as Fulbright scholars. Our alumni have been accepted into the finest law and graduate schools in America.

In short, it is the mission of the Deaptment of Political Science and Criminal Justice to provide a program of study to help studens understand domestic and international politics and law enforcement theory and practice, and to prepare students for informed and active participation in public service.