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Category: Government and Politics
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Grand Canyon University’s Bachelor of Arts in Government degree is offered by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and has two emphasis areas for students to choose from. If you feel called to study government and pursue a career in law or policy, then keep reading for an introduction to the two emphasis areas of our Bachelor of Arts in Government program.

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By Evelyn Racette
Faculty, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

“And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8)

My heart is heavy with the tragedy that occurred in Charlottesville, VA. It saddens me that we have such great tensions present among residents in this country – and the response of our leadership is lacking. That leaves us to ask the question, as Christian citizens, how should we react? Should we stay silent, do we speak out or do we say just enough, but then forget about it next week?

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On Oct. 21, GCU’s nationally ranked Speech and Debate Team represented the current presidential candidates in a mock debate. The event took place in the Ethington Theatre, where students, staff and faculty gathered to watch.

GCU Speech and Debate Team members Thomas Rotering, Jasmin Sharp, Zach Kuykendall and Alaina Owen represented candidates Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Gary Johnson and Jill Stein.

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By Jessalyn Johnson
English and Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Politics is one of the most necessary aspects of our modern world. It provides organization and aid where we need it most, and allows citizens to be part of their country’s decision-making process. Those who pursue a degree from Grand Canyon University in government or history may have a desire to one day become a politician, shaping the future to help the next generation prosper.

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By Jessalyn Johnson
English and Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

There are many jobs in government. Positions within this field are crucial to the future of our country, and are the source of major decisions affecting the U.S. population. To be a part of changing the lives in America for the better can be an extremely rewarding task, and those who have a passion for applying positive change in society may find that government jobs suit them.  

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By Jessalyn Johnson
English and Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Grand Canyon University’s Speech and Debate Team has experienced tremendous success over the last several years – and the 2015-16 academic year has been no exception. After taking second place in a swing tournament over Valentine’s Day weekend, the Speech and Debate Team repeated as Division III champion in the National Christian College Forensics Invitational.

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By Jessalyn Johnson
English Literature Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

With the election coming up this November, it is important for today’s youth, especially those who will be voting for the first time, to understand the candidates they are voting for to lead our great nation, and the concepts and ideas they want to implement in our country.

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By Sherman Elliott, EdD
Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Please list and describe the three branches of government.

What is the difference between your congressional representative and your state legislative representative?

What is the name of the current vice president of the U.S. and which party might consider nominating him to run for president of the U.S.?

If you were able to answer all three of these basic civic questions, congratulations are in order.

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By Barry Regan, MA
Faculty, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

The 2012 U.S. presidential campaign offered many memorable moments, but none were more infamous than the “forgotten third department” by former Texas Governor Rick Perry in a November 2011 Republican primary debate.

When attempting to list the departments he would cut as president, Rick Perry could not recall the Department of Energy. After this gaffe, Perry’s supporters publicly stated that this cost him the chance to capture the nomination, and he left the race just over two months later.

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