Master of Arts in American Government at Regent University

Certificate of Graduate Studies in Political Theory

On-Campus & Online Degree Overview

Political theory is a major sub-field in the academic discipline of government. As you study political theory you will reflect on the nature and ends of government, the principles underlying government practice and how government ought to function. Political theorizing has a long and respected pedigree in western civilization, dating back at least to the ancient Greeks.

The political theory certificate program involves 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 students will explore questions such as: What is justice? What is the best regime?

You also will develop your analytical and historical skills, which serves as excellent career development for political professionals. This program is an excellent avenue of study for those who studied political science as undergrads and are interested in continuing their studies in political theory as an alternative to a traditional political science graduate degree.

Benefits of earning a Certificate of Graduate Studies in Political Theory from Regent University's Robertson School of Government

Certificates of Graduate Studies are an excellent option for continuing education for political scientists and other political professionals who wish to complement their existing degree with additional training for career advancement. Upon completing the certificate, students have the option of applying to the master's program, and if accepted, all courses transfer in.

  • Lower tuition cost than a full master's program.
  • Update your skills while keeping current with contemporary thinking in your field of study.
  • Fewer credit hours to fulfill a certificate means your professional credentials are enhanced more quickly.

If you're researching online graduate certificates in political science, our program in Political Theory may be just the right fit for you. Contact us today. We'll get you started.

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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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