Studies at the university have a conservative Christian orientation, with three required Bible-studies classes in the first year for undergraduate students. The university's honor code, called the "Liberty Way", prohibits premarital sex and private interactions between members of the opposite sex. Described as a "bastion of the Christian right" in American politics, the university plays a prominent role in Republican politics. Liberty promotes the Christian right viewpoint on matters such as gender roles and abortion. The university teaches creationism alongside the science of evolutionary biology.