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Bachelor of Arts

The Government & Business Double Major Program is a faith-based program designed to prepare students to serve God and society by giving students the educational background to analyze and evaluate government policy and its importance on liberties, culture, employment, and business performance. By combining a Government and Business major, the student will obtain the additional skills and knowledge necessary to manage an organization in the twenty-first century. Unlike most government and business programs, the OCU Government & Business Double Major Program requires students to be versed in numerous aspects of public service, business, economics, and related fields. Students will be prepared to exercise their Christian worldview no matter what field they enter.

Objectives

Upon completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  • Work in public, private, and non-profit sectors that require knowledge of government, business, economics, and politics.
  • Integrate a Christian worldview into critical thinking and decision-making related to the fields of Government and Business.
  • Analyze and evaluate public policy and its impact on a nation and its people.
  • Provide an argument for the rights Americans may exercise in relation to their freedoms - with specific emphasis on religious rights.
  • Apply management principles to manage people and processes within an organization.
  • Analyze an organization's operation and provide recommendations for improvement.
  • Evaluate the financial condition and statements of a business and propose courses of action.

GENERAL EDUCATION - 43 Credits

Elective Science Elective with Lab 4 credits

LA101 English Composition I 3 credits

This course is an introductory study of composition emphasizing writing as a process (prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing). Assignments in this course will focus on the different styles and uses of argument. Students will gain and refine skills of developing a thesis, organizing content, controlling tone, and expressing ideas in clearly communicated language. In addition, students will conduct library research and incorporate researched material into papers using APA format.

Offered every fall.

LA102 English Composition II 3 credits

This course is an intermediate course designed to extend and refine students’ expository and creative writing experiences. Student writing will reflect university-level writing skills, such as principles of logical/critical thinking and reasoning, effective organization, APA research and documentation, and content-rich development of ideas.

Offered every spring.

MG112 Business Communications 3 credits

This course is designed to address and strengthen students’ skills for effective and professional business communications in written, oral, and non-verbal forms. Specific emphasis will be given to communication theory, business communication principles, developing and delivering oral presentations, composing business messages, and preparing business reports.

PS100 Student Success 1 credit

Orientation is designed to help the student make adjustments to college life. The course acquaints the student with the library, counseling service, suggestions for study, and various aspects of college life.

Students who transfer to OCU may substitute any general education elective for this course when 30 hours or more of academic work has been completed at another college with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above.

Offered each semester.

SO101 Introduction to Sociology 3 credits

Interrelationships and group activity are focused upon, including dyadic groups, primary groups, secondary groups, institutions, and society.

PS102 General Psychology 3 credits

A comprehensive survey of the field of psychology including a Christian perspective. Emphasis will be placed on theories of psychology and how you can apply what you have learned as a result of an appropriate understanding of a particular psychological foundation.

Offered each spring.

SO100 Worldviews 3 credits

This course introduces the concept of worldview and provides a survey of the plurality worldviews that constitute western culture. Special attention will be paid to the Christian worldview and how competing worldviews both challenge and reinforce it. This course is meant to help students build an internal paradigm through which they can evaluate the bases of value statements in society, pop culture, politics, and religion and to do so from a Christian perspective.

OT101 Old Testament Survey 3 credits

A survey and introduction to the Old Testament focusing on the historical, cultural, religious and geographical setting of the ancient Near East as it brings to light the faith of Israel expressed in the Old Testament. A PREREQUISITE FOR ALL OTHER OLD TESTAMENT COURSES.

Offered annually.

NT102 New Testament Survey 3 credits

A general survey course in the New Testament. Special emphasis is on the historical background of the New Testament, the beginning of Christianity and the development of the apostolic church. A PREREQUISITE FOR ALL OTHER NEW TESTAMENT COURSES.

Offered annually.

PH302 Ethics 3 credits

An introduction to Logic and Ethics with special attention given to methodologies whereby those disciplines may be applied in Christian ministry. Attention is given to induction and deduction, principles of clean statement and valid reasoning, and fallacies. The moral theories of various philosophical schools are examined and their relationship to the development of a biblical ethic is considered.

Offered every spring.

Elective Fine Arts, Music, Art or Literature Elective 2 credits

SS205 United States History I: 1492 – 1877 3 credits

A survey of the religious, political, and cultural development of the people of the United States from colonization through Reconstruction.  Special emphasis will be given to the Founding Fathers and the influence of a Christian Worldview upon the development of the nation.

SS206 United States History II: 1877-Present 3 credits

This course is a continuation of the United States History I and is a survey of the religious, political, and cultural development of the people of the United States from Reconstruction through the present. 

RELIGION - 18 Credits

GB100 Bible Study Methods 2 credits

An introduction to the basic principles and methods of observation, interpretation, and application in the study of the Bible. A PREREQUISITE FOR ALL BIBLE COURSES 200 AND ABOVE.

Offered annually.

CM202 Personal Evangelism 2 credits

Class instruction in scriptural principles and methods in personal witnessing coupled with field experiences in soul winning is employed to equip the student to proclaim Christ on a person-to-person basis.

Offered annually.

MI100 Introduction to Christian Missions 3 credits

This course is designed to present the biblical and theological foundations upon which missions rests, provide an overview of missions history, promote an understanding of the world’s religions and prepare students to respond to God’s leading in their lives. Prerequisite of all 300 and 400 level MI courses.

Offered annually every semester.

NT202 Gospels 3 credits

Study of the synoptic relationship of the first three Gospels and the major themes and theological features of the fourth Gospel.

Prerequisite:
NT102
GB100

Offered annually.

OT201 Pentateuch 3 credits

A study of the first five books of the Old Testament with special emphasis upon historical backgrounds, beginnings of the Israelite nation, and Hebrew worship. Primary attention is given to outlines, analysis, and exposition of especially important sections.

Prerequisite:
GB100
OT101

Offered annually.

TH201 Basic Christian Beliefs 3 credits

A basic course in Bible doctrine with emphasis upon the Scriptural foundations. Includes a study of such doctrines as Man, God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Church, The Holy Life, the Ordinances, and Last Things.

Prerequisite:
SO100

Offered annually.

GOVERNMENT MAJOR - 30 Credits

POL201 Introduction to Political Science 3 credits

An introduction to the major concepts, principles, and theories of political science. Special emphasis will be given to comparative politics, American politics, and law and public policy.

Prerequisite:
GOV101
SS205
SS206

SS206 United States History II: 1877-Present 3 credits

This course is a continuation of the United States History I and is a survey of the religious, political, and cultural development of the people of the United States from Reconstruction through the present. 

GOV101 Introduction to Government 3 credits

An introduction to the major concepts, principles, and theories related to a study of government and politics in the United States. Special emphasis will be given to government and political structures and the development of the enduring form of American government.

GOV201 State and Local Government 3 credits

This course is an analysis and study of the U.S. state and local governmental structures, their rights, and comparison to the federal form of government.

Prerequisite:
GOV101
SS205
SS206

GOV286 Comparative Economic Systems & Philosophies 3 credits

This course is an analysis of the various political-economic systems and philosophies and their influence on economic systems in the U.S. and Europe. The course will examine mercantilism, capitalism, socialism, and communism.

Prerequisite:
EC101
EC201

SS428 American Political Institutions I 3 credits

This course provides an introduction to American politics with emphasis on national institutions. Course topics include the political theory of the American Constitution, relational aspects of the three branches of government, responsibilities of state and federal governments, and the role of the courts in interpreting the law.

Prerequisite:
GOV101
SS205
SS206
MG411
POL201
SS429

SS429 American Political Institutions II 3 credits

This course is a continuation of American Political I, but may be taken prior to American Political Institutions II. This course examines historical and modern American campaigns and elections. Special emphasis will be given to the historical and modern issues raised in campaigns and elections including the influence of the campaign finance, media, interest groups, and their impact on public policy.

Prerequisite:
GOV101
SS205
SS206
POL201

GOV325 Government Internship 3 credits

Directed internship in a variety of public and private organizations dedicated toward government operations or public policy. Students must complete not less than a minimum of 90 actual hours in an internship in the government and public service field. Interns should strive to gain appropriate and valuable experience, as well as apply the knowledge they have gained in their various courses. Students will be required to obtain feedback from the organization providing the internship. Students are responsible for arranging their own internships.

Prerequisite:
Permission of the Dean of the School of Business and Government

GOV232 Legislative Process 3 credits

This course evaluates and examines the legislative processes and procedures of Congress. Particular study will be given to law-making, official policy-making, and the passage of laws and acts of the legislature.

Prerequisite:
GOV101
SS205
SS206

GOV302 Washington D.C. Experience 0 credits

The Washington D.C. Experience is designed for students to visit with government leaders from various levels of government in Washington D.C.. The experience requires students to interact with these various leaders to discuss how government theory and practice coincide. Students will be required to attend one of the Washington D.C. Experiences (trips to Washington D.C.), which are held once a year during the spring semester in order to complete this pass/fail requirement.

Government Relationship Experience

Students are required to complete two (2) of the following:

GOV250 Government Relationship Experience 0 credits

Student will be asked to seek a mentoring relationship with a public official for the academic year. The expectation is student will document “lessons learned” from the experience. A minimum of one personal meeting per semester is required.

BUSINESS MAJOR - 30 Credits

MG101 Introduction to Business 3 credits

This course provides students with a foundation in functional areas of business, including environment, planning, entrepreneurship, management, marketing, distribution, finances, and ethics. Introduces business terminology and concepts.

MG215 Principles of Management & Leadership 3 credits

This course will analyze management theories, principles, and philosophies while examining the difference between management and leadership. This is an inter-disciplinary course addressing the importance of a Christian worldview for leaders and managers as they influence, plan, organize, control, and lead for effectiveness.

Prerequisite:
MG101

EC101 Microeconomics 3 credits

A study of the basic economic principles related to supply and demand, consumer behavior, market dynamics, income distribution, government influence, and comparative economic systems with major focus on free enterprise and capitalism.

EC201 Macroeconomics 3 credits

The study of economic principles related to global and national economies, income accounting, unemployment, inflation, fiscal policy, public debt, monetary systems, and economic growth or retraction.

MG102 Principles of Marketing 3 credits

This course involves an integrated analysis of the role of marketing within the total organization. Specific attention is given to the analysis of factors affecting consumer behavior, the identification of marketing variables, the development and use of marketing strategies, and the discussion of international marketing.

MG411 Business Law I 3 credits

Business law is a study of the fundamental principles and practices of law and how it impacts business situations. This course emphasizes the dynamic interaction between the individual, organization, and society. The concepts of Christian ethics and proper business conduct will be emphasized throughout the course.

Prerequisite:
MG101

AC222 Principles of Finance 3 credits

The financial principles and accepted practices which need to be mastered by all managers including banking, money, credit, financial instruments, investments, financial planning, internal and external auditing, profit, stocks, bonds, and other financial forms will be examined.

MG426 Strategic Management 3 credits

(Business Capstone). System concepts, methodologies, and tools to strategically plan will be presented. These are to be used to effectively manage core competencies and to integrate technology into the planning process.

Prerequisite:
One of these:
MG215
AC222
MG102

MG304 Leadership Forum II 0 credits

The Leadership Forum is held every year in April. The Leadership Forum brings in accomplished business and leadership experts from around the country. The Forum is designed to give students an opportunity to be exposed to leadership principles, shared experiences, and how a Christian worldview is applied to the business world, as well as any leadership role. Students are required to attend at least two roundtables during their college career in order to complete this pass/fail requirement.

MG404 Wall Street Experience 0 credits

The Wall Street Experience is designed for students to visit with business leaders from various investment firms and other businesses on Wall Street. The experience requires students to interact with these various business leaders to discuss how investment theory and practice coincide. Students will be required to attend one of the Wall Street Experiences (trips to New York), which are held once a year during the spring semester in order to complete this pass/fail requirement.

Business Roundtables

Students are required to attend two (2) of the following:

Career Development Seminar

Students are required to attend three (3) of the following:

School of Business and Government Conferences

Students are required to attend two (2) of the following:

Distinguished Speakers Series

Students are required to attend eight (8) of the following: