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Political Science and Pre-Law Degrees at SNU

The Politics and Law program at Southern Nazarene strives to fulfill the university’s mission of making Christlike disciples through higher education in Christ-centered community by fostering debate, encouraging students to experience the world, and by offering classes which tackle some of the biggest issues of our time. We aim to produce graduates who not only are fully equipped and competitive in any field they may pursue, but can also articulate how faith and politics intersect in their lives.

The Politics and Law program features two different tracks students can pursue – Political Science and Pre-Law. The Political Science track is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in government, humanitarian work, advocacy work, missions or who wish to continue their studies into grad school. Students in this track will learn about the different theories of politics and explore the different sub-fields of the discipline, such as comparative politics, international relations and American politics. The Pre-Law track is for students who plan on going to law school. Students will take classes that prepare them to succeed in law school, such as logic, ethics, writing classes, and are also placed in a workplace for an internship, so they can get on-the-job experience.

The program also encourages students to experience the world, offering students the opportunity to travel overseas. In the past, students have gone to Europe, China, Africa, Costa Rica, and numerous places in-between. Students also have the opportunity to participate in the department’s honors society, Pi Sigma Alpha, and in the school’s chapter of the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature. Regardless the track you choose, you will have the opportunity to pursue experiences, classes taught by experienced faculty, and graduate with the skills necessary to succeed in whatever career path you pursue.




Alumni Spotlight

Matthew Marchant

Currently: A partner at the law firm of Strasburger and Price, LLP and Mayor of Carrollton, TX.

Responsibilities:
His practice focuses on real estate and finance and his role as mayor serves 125,000 people and governs an annual budget of 160 million dollars.

Achievements: After graduation from SNU, Marchant continued his education at the University of Texas School of Law and graduated with a Juris Doctorate. As mayor, he has established a redevelopment program and many other quality of life enhancements in the city. Recently Marchant was named one of the Dallas business Journal’s Forty Under 40.

In His Words: “SNU gave me a well-rounded education that continues to provide me with the tools I need to navigate my career in law and politics. The relationships I made during my time at SNU continue to be very important in my life and they provide me with support and outlets to have fun.”



Our Nazarene Heritage
Founded in 1899, Southern Nazarene University is a private, Christian, liberal arts university - a service of the Church of the Nazarene. Located on a 40-acre campus just west of Oklahoma City, SNU grew out of several small colleges committed to training people for service to God and their fellow man. More than 32,000 alumni work and serve throughout the United States and the world. Read About Our Heritage