The Master of Arts in Politics trains graduates in broad theoretical concerns about politics, government, and political values.

CGU’s Division of Politics & Economics educates future scholars of politics, government, and policy to make better decisions through rigorous research and sophisticated understanding of political systems and policy analysis. Our MA in Politics offers a broad-ranging, substantive understanding of American politics with an intensive focus on the intersection of politics and political philosophy—its implications, applications, and impact on the national political culture. Working alongside faculty who are experts in the field, you’ll conduct high-quality interdisciplinary research on the most pressing political and governmental issues of our time. The program offers built-in flexibility that enables you to customize your curriculum to fit your goals and interests. Upon graduating, you will join the long line of highly successful program graduates who are making their mark in an impressive range of careers.

Program Highlights
  • This MA program offers concentrations in American Politics and Political Philosophy.
  • The degree requires completion of nine four-unit courses and a research paper or 12 four-unit courses. Students normally complete coursework in three to four semesters.
  • Our graduate Political Science program was ranked No. 2 in the nation among graduate Political Science programs for “faculty responsiveness and support outside of the classroom.”

Program at a Glance

UNITS
36 units with research paper or 48 units

COMPLETION TIME
1.5–2 years

COURSES BEGIN
Fall | Spring | Summer

DIVISION
Division of Politics & Economics

DEGREE AWARDED
MA in Politics

Featured Courses

PP 301
American Political Development

Provides a grounding in fundamental issues of American political development: citizenship, constitutionalism, party formation, state building, reform movements, and the construction of political identity.

PP 307
The Modern Presidency

Offers an overview and a framework for understanding the role the president occupies in contemporary American politics through different political science approaches to presidential research.

PP 456
Topics in Ancient Political Philosophy

Examines Plato’s brief dialogue Minos, which examines the question “What is law?” That dialogue refers to the Cretan legislation of Minos as the oldest and best example of law available to us and evokes its claim to have a divine source. The rest of the seminar will examine Plato’s Laws.

PP 302
Political Behavior

Offers a thorough overview of the current research on political behavior through the literature on party identification, political sophistication, voting, tolerance, and more.

PP 451
The Federalist

Undertakes a close reading of The Federalist in conjunction with the leading writings of the Anti-Federalists, commentators, and critics.

PP 315
Deliberative Democracy

Studies the functioning of the governing institutions in the United States (particularly Congress, the presidency, and the federal courts) in light of the broad purpose they serve.

Areas of Concentration

 

Curriculum

Core Course Requirement (4 units)
American Politics & Institutions

Research Tools (8 units)
Quantitative Research Methods
and
Advanced Quantitative Research Methods, or
Legal Research Methods, or
Experimental & Qualitative Methods, or
Game Theory or a GIS course

Tracks (20 units)
Choose an additional five courses from the following tracks (students are encouraged to take at least one course from each track):

Track 1: Political Thought & Development:
American Political Development
The Presidency & the Constitution
Perspectives on Judicial Power
Deliberative Democracy
Judicial Review, Democracy, & the Constitution
The Federalist
The Political Philosophy of John Locke

Track 2: National Institutions:
Executive-Congressional Relations
Legislative Process & Public Policy
The Modern Presidency
American Presidency
Deliberative Democracy
The Administrative State
American Politics, Courts, & Public Policy
American Constitutional Law I: Civil Liberties
American Constitutional Law II: National Powers

Track 3: Individual & Collective Behavior:
American Political Development
Political Behavior
Political Psychology
Women & the Political Process
Representation & Elections
Political Parties in the U.S.
Racial, Ethnic, & Social Minorities in American Politics
Public Opinion
U.S. Immigration Policy

Electives (4-16 units)
One to four courses (to meet 36- or 48-unit requirement)

Final Paper Portfolio
During your final semester, you must provide the program office a copy of a paper you wrote during your first semester, along with a later paper you consider to be an example of your best work. This is an opportunity to demonstrate how your thinking, knowledge, and experience have evolved over the course of the program and where you see your career heading.

Faculty & Research

  • Mark Blitz profile image

    Mark Blitz

    Fletcher Jones Professor of Political Philosophy
    Field Chair, Political Philosophy
    Director, Salvatori Center for the Study of Individual Freedom

    Research Interests

    Political science, Philosophy, Plato, Heidegger, American politics

  • Heather E. Campbell profile image

    Heather E. Campbell

    Professor & Chair, Department of Politics & Government
    Field Chair, Public Policy

    Research Interests

    Environmental policy, Public policy, Water policy, Racial profiling, Housing, K–12 education, Student evaluations of teaching, Public utility regulation

  • Robert Klitgaard profile image

    Robert Klitgaard

    University Professor

    Research Interests

    Public policy, Economic strategy, Institutional reform, Corruption

  • Jean Reith Schroedel profile image

    Jean Reith Schroedel

    Professor of Political Science
    Field Chair, American Politics

    Research Interests

    Native American voting rights, American political development, women and politics, religion and politics, and congressional policy-making

  • Michael Uhlmann profile image

    Michael Uhlmann

    Professor of Government
    Director, Tribal Administration Certificate Program

    Research Interests

    American presidency, Executive–congressional relations, Federal judiciary,
    Federal administrative process, National security decision making

Where You Can Find Our Alumni

Request information about the Politics program

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Jeremy McWells

Assistant Director of Admissions
T: 909-607-1714 (Direct)
T: 909-607-7811 (Central Admissions)
E: jeremy.mcwells@cgu.edu