Master of Arts in Politics


     

AMERICAN POLITICS CONCENTRATION

The Master of Arts in American Politics (M.A.P.) degree at CGU is designed to prepare the political professional for real-world work in the rough-and-tumble world of American politics. The M.A.P. is a practical program that focuses on developing the knowledge base and skill set essential to the person who wants to shape society’s future through political action. Recent college graduates and mid-career professionals working in political and not-for-profit environments will benefit from the comprehensive training a Master of Arts in American Politics degree provides.

The M.A. in American Politics degree requires completion of 9 or 12 courses (36 units and research paper or 48 units without a research paper). Students normally complete coursework in three to four semesters.

Seminars survey the broad spectrum of American political life by examining current research and thinking on the institutions and behavior that together form the fabric of our national political life.   Although our students are broadly trained, they also focus on the aspects of U.S. politics that most serve their personal and career interests. The core seminar and the elective tracks introduce students to the full spectrum of political institutions and behaviors as political science has come to understand them. M.A.P. students are also given the analytical and communication skills necessary to be effective. Classes in statistical analysis and applied research projects prepare students for work in campaigns, legislative offices, and the world of political advocacy.

American Politics concentration

 Core Course Requirement (4 units):

  • PP300 American Politics & Institutions

 

Choose an additional five (5) courses from the following tracks (20 units):

 

Political Thought & Development Track:

  • PP301 American Political Development
  • PP310 The Presidency and the Constitution
  • PP312 Perspectives on Judicial Power
  • PP315 Deliberative Democracy
  • PP321 Judicial Review, Democracy and the Constitution
  • PP451 The Federalist
  • PP457 John Locke

 

National Institutions Track:

  • PP305 Executive-Congressional Relations
  • PP306 Legislative Process & Public Policy
  • PP307 The Modern Presidency
  • PP311 American Presidency
  • PP315 Deliberative Democracy
  • PP316 The Administrative State
  • PP318 American Politics, Courts & Public Policy
  • PP326 American Constitutional Law I: Civil Liberties
  • PP327 American Constitutional Law II: National Powers

 

Individual & Collective Behavior Track:

  • PP301 American Political Development
  • PP302 American Political Behavior
  • PP308 Political Psychology
  • PP309 Women and the Political Process
  • PP313 Representation and Elections
  • PP314 Political Parties in the U.S.
  • PP323 Racial, Ethnic & Social Minorities in American Politics
  • PP 329 Public Opinion
  • PP 341 U.S. Immigration Policy

 

 Research Tools (8 units):

  • PP481 Quantitative Research Methods, AND
  • PP482 Advanced Quantitative Research Methods, OR
  • PP483: Legal Research Methods, OR
  • PP484 Experimental and Qualitative Methods, OR
  • SPE315 Game Theory

 

Electives (4-16 units):

  • One to Four courses (to meet 36 or 48 unit requirement)

 

Faculty Contacts:

Jennifer.Merolla@cgu.edu

Jean.Schroedel@cgu.edu

 

36 UNITS + MASTER’S RESEARCH PAPER, OR 48 UNITS AND NO RESEARCH PAPER

 

Political Philosophy concentration

 

Core Course Requirement (4 units):

  • PP450 Major Works in Political Philosophy

 

Subfields (complete one course in each subfield-12 units):

  • Ancient & Medieval Theory
  • Modern Theory
  • Contemporary Theory

 

Expertise in Depth (8 units):

  • Choose two (2) additional courses in one of the subfield areas  (One of these should be a thematic or issue course; the second should focus in depth on the work of one theorist)

 

Research Tools (4 units ):

  • TNDY 401I The Nature of Inquiry:  Transdisciplinary Perspectives, OR
  • PP483: Legal Research Methods

 

Electives (8-20 units):

  • Two to Five courses (to meet 36 or 48 unit requirement)

36 UNITS + MASTER’S RESEARCH PAPER, OR 48 UNITS AND NO RESEARCH PAPER

Faculty  Contacts:

Charles.Kesler@claremontmckenna.edu

Mark.Blitz@claremontmckenna.edu

James.Nichols@claremontmckenna.edu

Sharon_Snowiss@pitzer.edu

 


 

 


 

Contact Information:

For program inquiries
Annekah Hall
Assistant Director of Admissions
909.607.3371

For application questions
Admiss@cgu.edu
909.621.8069

 
 

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