Master of Arts in Government with a certificate in Political Theory:
On-Campus and Online Degree OverviewPolitical theory is a major sub-field in the academic discipline of government. Study of political theory involves reflection on the nature and ends of government, including description of the principles underlying government practice and prescription about how government ought to function. Political theorizing has a long and venerable pedigree in western civilization, dating back at least to the ancient Greeks. The political theory major will thus involve systematic study of the history of political thought, including thinkers such as Plato, Aristotle, St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, Machiavelli, Luther and Calvin, John Locke, Adam Smith, the American founders, Hegel, Marx, Oakeshott, Rawls, and others. Political theory majors will be encouraged to ask the most basic questions related to government: What is justice?, and What is the best regime?, for example. The major offers courses that will help students develop their analytical and historical skills.