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The Master of Arts in Religion & American Politics investigates religion’s role in the public sphere through rigorous interdisciplinary scholarship, offering a nuanced understanding of two important realms in American culture.

Offered jointly by CGU’s Department of Religion and Department of Politics & Policy, this interdisciplinary Master of Arts program seeks to understand religion’s influence on American politics from the perspectives of both religious studies and political science. You’ll undertake scholarship in research methods, religion, and politics, collaborating across disciplines with leading faculty-scholars at CGU and The Claremont Colleges. This in-depth education track of study increases your professional marketability by providing a visionary understanding of two of the most important realms in American and global culture.

Program Highlights

Program at a Glance

48 units

2 years

*Program completion times may vary depending on course registration, units transferred, and time to complete other degree requirements.

Fall | Spring

Religion Department
Politics & Policy

MA in Religion & American Politics

Featured Courses

PP 363
Introduction to Religion & Politics

Analyzes the relationship between religion, politics, and society and explores how the traditional methodologies of political science and religious studies are beginning to merge.

PP 300
American Politics and Institutions

This core course introduces the process and institutions of American governance as understood by contemporary political scientists. The approach is thematic and covers a wide range of topics from conventional political institutions to political economy.

PP 481
Introduction to Statistical Analysis

Topics are chosen from applied probability, sampling, estimation, hypothesis testing, linear regression, analysis of variance, categorical data analysis, and nonparametric statistics.

REL 401
Classical Theories and History of Religious Studies

Course description to be provided by department.

REL 301
Theory & Methods in the Study of Religion

Description to be provided by department.

Religion in America: 1865-present

Explores some of the most important and innovative recent scholarly work examining the significance and shape of religion in the modern United States.

Program Requirements

Core courses (16 units)
Introduction to Religion and Politics
American Politics and Institutions
Classical Theories and History of Religious Studies
Religion in America 1865 – Present OR
Religion in America to 1865

Other required courses are identified as required (8 units) and advanced tools (4 units).

Required Tools
Introduction to Statistical Analysis
Theory & Methods in the Study of Religion

Advanced Tools – one of the following
Multivariate Regression Analysis
Legal Research Methods
Survey Research
Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research
Or another tools course approved by the advisor

Transdisciplinary Studies Course (4 units)
One TNDY course chosen in consultation with your advisor

Electives (12 units)
At least ONE relevant course from Religion
At least ONE relevant course from Political Science
Or from other disciplines as approved by advisor

Thesis Course (4 units)
During this course, which should be taken during or after the last semester of coursework, the student will write a master’s thesis synthesizing knowledge from both Religion and Politics. This thesis will be presented in an open defense.

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