|Eric Patterson, Ph.D.
Political scientist Harold Lasswell famously wrote, "Politics is who gets what, when, and how." Like any government or political science program across the country, the Robertson School of Government (RSG) will instruct you about these things. But, students who choose the RSG come here because we teach much more–we teach the "why." We help students understand the ideas and values that underpin political thought and action. George Washington understood this, which is why he argued, "reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principles." James Madison understood this, writing that we need government because men are not angels. Ronald Reagan understood this, asserting that "Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged."
Despite Lasswell's assurance that politics is simply about material things, many of America's enemies, from the Nazis to the Soviets to al Qaeda, have also understood that politics is about ideas. Consequently, RSG graduates are distinctive in that they master Lasswell's inventory as well as the "why." More specifically, RSG's mission is to train leaders who desire to strengthen the ethical and moral foundation of Judeo-Christian principles in government, and who are called to preserve individual freedom, representative democracy, and constitutional government.
Our graduates leave Regent University rooted in a Biblical worldview, trained and shaped by a caring, Christian faculty in a rigorous academic environment. From city hall to Capitol Hill and from non-profit humanitarian organizations to the governor's mansion, RSG alumni go on to live Regent's motto of "Christian leadership to change the world." I invite you to join us at the Robertson School of Government.
Eric Patterson, Ph.D.
Dean and Associate Professor
Robertson School of Government