Political Science

Leadership and Political Engagement

Our hope is in Christ and His power to create change in politics


  • These are exciting and challenging times in American politics because our society is fragmented by divergent and competing cultural and spiritual values...

    ...we choose to view it as an opportunity.



  • Many citizens have lost confidence in the political process and feel powerless to effect change; parents wonder if their children will have a better life than they; and political leaders too often lack the will to take responsibility...

    ...we produce confident citizen-legislators who lead with integrity and have the fortitude to make difficult decisions.



  • In a society where partisan brinkmanship often supersedes sound policy-making and special interests have little hope of finding common ground...

    ...we infuse the values of mutual respect, adherence to the political process, and inclusive and long-view policy-planning that benefits the whole society.



The core strength of Corban University's political science program is its commitment to educating students to do justice, love kindness and walk humbly before God and men. From this foundation, you will learn to build bridges in communities and between various political positions, enact future-oriented change and lead compassionately.


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What we do

We shape students as intentional Christian thought leaders.

Our faculty are well-equipped to prepare you for the challenges of political leadership through a rigorous political science degree built on the foundation of a Christian worldview. Upon graduation, you will be ready to enter graduate school, business, law and non-profit professions or start your own political organization. Each of these paths provides significant leadership experiences, which are required for political office.

During your course of study, you will have many opportunities to network and foster professional relationships with politically-engaged educators, legislators and church and civic leaders that will benefit you in establishing yourself as a leader in your community.

Vic Gilliam, , Corban University
We live in difficult times. But are we the first generation to lament loss of freedom, erosion of family values or counterproductive bickering among partisans? By grace, I’m encouraged through faith where hope resides. Eternal promises provide hope and so does the political science program at Corban University. It draws from a rich history of a Christian university. Corban seeks to not only study the public square but seizes a geographic opportunity in Oregon’s Capitol to leverage relationships for leadership development and real world political experiences. Hope is alive and never more evident than in the lives of Corban students who join the battle for the soul of our republic.

Vic Gilliam

House District 18
Sherrie Sprenger, Representative, Corban University
Edmund Burke captured the essence of the cultural battle which still rages in our midst - “All it takes for evil to succeed is for a few good men to do nothing...” Corban University’s focus on leadership and political engagement is essential for someone who wants to take their place in the fight to preserve our republic. I am excited about this because it provides the Judeo-Christian foundation and tools for students to become leaders and make a significant impact.

Sherrie Sprenger

House District 17

The political science degree produces Christian leaders who are politically-engaged in their vocations, homes, churches and communities.


A Broad Understanding

You will receive a broad understanding of the four sub-disciplines of political science and a historical understanding of political thought and the U.S. Constitution that is required to correctly interpret current events. Through introductory courses, you’ll learn what the discipline of political science is and is not. Through your chosen concentration, you will learn how you can use your education to fulfill your unique calling. Through internships, you will experience politics and better understand where you would like to serve. Through capstone experiences, you will tie everything together to understand why it all matters to God.


Tailor Courses to Your Goals

Many students desire a program of study that gives them freedom to tailor courses to achieve their vocational goals. In Corban’s political science program, you may select one of four concentrations: political entrepreneurship, U.S. governance, global governance or pre-law. Or choose from more than 30 courses to craft your own inter-disciplinary concentration.


Educators Who Live What They Teach

Courses are taught by faculty who have experience in local, state, national and international politics. They not only analyze political processes, theories and issues side-by-side with students, but they are also legislators, judges and non-profit and business leaders who are deeply involved in policymaking. You’ll receive the benefit of being in and out of the classroom with educators who live what they teach.


Opportunities That Test Integrity, Critical Thinking and Communication

Practice what you learn in the classroom through substantial internship opportunities that test your integrity, critical thinking and communication skills. Build your own portfolio of leadership experiences and, more importantly, cultivate your own unique style of leadership.

Topics of Study

Fine tune your major with concentrations

Political Entrepreneurship

Learn the skills you need to launch your own political advocacy, lobbying, or service organization.

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Organizational Communication
  • Social Media Marketing
Global Governance

Experience politics with cross- cultural challenges that will prepare you for work with the United Nations, American Foreign Service, mission agencies, or humanitarian aid organizations.

  • Comparative Politics
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • International Relations
  • Religion and Politics
U.S. Governance

Examine the complexity of U.S. politics at the local, state, and national levels to prepare for government and legal professions.

  • American Presidency
  • Constitutional Law
  • History of American Foreign Relations
  • Modern American History and Politics
  • State and Local Government

Explore the human political mind in preparation for legal, academic, and mediation professions.

  • Advanced Speech
  • Debate and Oratory
  • Dispute Resolution
  • History of Philosophy
  • Logic and Rhetoric
  • Persuasive Theory and Writing

It is our greatest joy to see our students mature towards their God-given spiritual and vocational potentials. The McLaran Scholarship is Corban University’s premier avenue for preparing Christian student leaders for the challenges of political leadership.

As a confirmation of Corban University's dedication to the success of these future leaders, it has reserved its most prestigious merit scholarships for students enrolled in the political science program who have proven academic excellence. McLaran Scholars will mature as discerning Christian thought leaders, skilled in political engagement as theory-driven and field-tested professionals and scholars.

What is the McLaran Scholarship?


Up to ten annually-renewable $16,000 scholarships ($64,000 over four years)

Application Deadline

Applications accepted on a rolling deadline.
Priority given to applications received before February 1.

Who May Apply and When?

Prospective freshmen:

Annual Renewal Criteria:

  • Maintain 3.0 GPA overall and 3.25 in the political science program
  • Continuous enrollment as a political science major
  • Continued political engagement verified through reference letters


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MIKE McLaran

Mike McLaran was a spiritual, social and political force for Christ in Oregon's Willamette Valley and a champion of Corban University's effort to train students in leadership and political engagement.

This scholarship honors his enduring memory and his heart for political engagement.

Are you ready to make a difference in the world for Jesus Christ?
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