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

Complete four (4) of the following courses:

GOV 602 Principles of Economics 3 Description
GOV 610 Political Philosophy 3 Description
GOV 622 Religion & Politics 3 Description
GOV 639 Anglo-American Constitutionalism 3 Description
GOV 651 Biblical Law 3 Description
GOV 672 Islamic Political Thought 3 Description