Van Andel Graduate School of Statesmanship

Curriculum

In addition to a core course on Statesmanship, both doctoral and master’s students are required to take a certain number of courses in each of two fields: Political Philosophy and American Politics. Beyond this, the doctoral program has a set of required core courses in each field.

Core Political Philosophy Courses

  • Plato
  • Aristotle
  • Medieval Political Philosophy
  • Early Modern Political Philosophy
  • Late Modern Political Philosophy

Core American Politics Courses

  • The American Founding
  • The Federalist
  • The American Republic: Early Challenges and Assessments
  • American Progressivism
  • Contemporary Institutions and Policy

Sample Elective Courses

  • The Natural Law
  • Politics and Religion
  • The American Congress
  • The American Presidency
  • Parties and Elections
  • Constitutional Law I and II
  • Administrative Law
  • Liberalism After Progressivism
  • American Foreign Policy
  • Specialized political philosophy courses, such as Xenophon, Thucydides, Locke, Tocqueville

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