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 Religion Department and Division of Politics & Economics, 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
  • You can take courses and interact with faculty and students in other CGU departments and across The Claremont Colleges.
  • Thanks to CGU’s Los Angeles location, you will study in one of the most religiously and culturally diverse cities in the country.
  • You will have access to CGU, Claremont University Consortium, and Claremont School of Theology (CST) libraries, which offer more than two million volumes—more than 250,000 in the field of religion alone.

Program at a Glance

UNITS
48 units

COMPLETION TIME
2 years

TUITION
Cost Per Unit 2017–2018: $1,902

COURSES BEGIN
Fall | Spring

DEPARTMENTS
Religion Department
Division of Politics & Economics

DEGREE AWARDED
MA in Religion & American Politics

Featured Courses

REL 414HC
Bishops & Orthodoxy

Investigates the politics of theology in the formation and evolution of orthodoxy through episcopal letters, canons of church councils, ordination liturgies, and biographies of famous bishops.

REL 362
Theories of Religion

Takes an in-depth survey of the major theories of religion as they are portrayed through some of their influential interpreters in the post-Enlightenment West.

REL 462
Religion in America: 1600-1865

Surveys major themes and issues in early American religious history, from Puritanism and Native American religion to growing religious diversity in the new nation.

PP 483
Legal Research Methods

Provides insight on how to find and analyze the law through computerized methods of legal research and assignments in legal libraries.

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 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.

Areas of Concentration

 

Additional Program Requirements

Research Tools Requirement

Capstone Project
Your capstone project for this program, a substantial research paper dealing with religion and politics, allows you to demonstrate what you’ve learned and display your professional proficiency and readiness to step into the field.

Faculty & Research

  • Ingolf Dalferth profile image

    Ingolf Dalferth

    Danforth Professor of Philosophy of Religion

    Research Interests

    Philosophical and theological hermeneutics, Ecumenical theology, Subjectivity theory, Religion and emotion

  • Jean Schroedel profile image

    Jean Schroedel

    Professor of Political Science
    Field Chair, American Politics

    Research Interests

    Indian voting rights, National policy making, Religion and politics, Women and politics, American political development, Public policies affecting women and children

  • Anselm Min profile image

    Anselm Min

    Professor of Religion

    Research Interests

    Theology of globalization, Liberation theology, Religious pluralism, Comparative theology, Contemporary systematic theology, Postmodern philosophy and theology

  • Patrick Mason profile image

    Patrick Mason

    Dean, School of Arts & Humanities
    Associate Professor of Religion
    Howard W. Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies

    Research Interests

    Religion, Mormonism, Peace studies, American religious history

  • Tammi J. Schneider profile image

    Tammi J. Schneider

    Professor of Religion

    Research Interests

    Ancient Near Eastern history, literature, archaeology, and religion;
    Women in the Hebrew Bible

  • 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

  • Robert Klitgaard profile image

    Robert Klitgaard

    University Professor

    Research Interests

    Public policy, Economic strategy, Institutional reform, Corruption

  • Sallama Shaker profile image

    Sallama Shaker

    Full Clinical Professor of Middle East and Islamic Studies

    Research Interests

    Power politics, religion, and culture in the Middle East; Feminization of poverty and global challenges; Islam state politics; Islamic feminism; Cultural diversity; Globalization

  • Jacek Kugler profile image

    Jacek Kugler

    Elisabeth Helm Rosecrans Professor of International Relations

    Research Interests

    Causes and consequences of war, Political performance, Nuclear deterrence, Power transition, Political demography, Development, Decision-making

  • 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

  • Ruqayya Y. Khan profile image

    Ruqayya Y. Khan

    Associate Professor of Religion
    Malas Chair of Islamic Studies
    Chair, Religion Department

    Research Interests

    The Qur'an, Arabic literatures, Progressive Islamic theologies, Women in Islam, Islam and environmental ethics, Islam and the digital age

  • Melissa Rogers profile image

    Melissa Rogers

    Assistant Professor of Political Science

    Research Interests

    Comparative politics, Latin American politics, State institutional and economic development, Research design, Econometrics

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Assistant Director of Admissions
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Senior Assistant Director of Admissions
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