Master of Arts in Government with a certificate in Political Theory:

On-Campus and Online Degree Overview

Political 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.

  • Explore the Constitution and other dynamics of the political history of the U.S., including the leadership provided by the presidency and Congress.
  • Study the inner workings of political campaigns and elections and engage in practical experiences in the political domain.
  • Explore contemporary and classical economic theory and the interplay of government and markets in developed and less developed nations.
  • Analyze, from a theoretical and practical viewpoint, local, state and national legislative processes and the role of the Executive Branch at these levels in implementing policies and laws.

Career Opportunities

  • Think Tank Analyst
  • Writer/Researcher
  • Teacher
  • Community College Instructor

Required Co-Requisites (0 credit hours)

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ENGL 500
Graduate Academic Writing Seminar
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UNIV LIB
Library Research and Resources
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Political Theory Certificate (12 credit hours)

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GOV 602
Principles of Economics
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GOV 610
History of Political Theory
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GOV 622
Religion and Politics
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GOV 639
Anglo-American Constitutionalism
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GOV 651
Biblical Law
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GOV 672
Islamic Political Thought
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