Van Andel Graduate School of Statesmanship


The Van Andel Graduate School of Statesmanship offers the Doctor of Philosophy in Politics and the Master of Arts in Politics. The principal aim of the Graduate School is to educate students in the language of American constitutionalism, and to place its graduates in positions of public service in politics, in journalism, in the Academy, and elsewhere. This aim is grounded in the mission of the College, which seeks to perpetuate the civil and religious liberties of the United States by the “diffusion of sound learning” and the comprehension of the “American experiment of self-government under law.”

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Who Should Study in the Graduate Program?

Rigorous Study

Grad student in class

Those who seek the rigorous study of political philosophy and of American political theory and practice.

Core Texts

Jefferson Statue

Those who wish to be immersed in the core texts and original documents of the Western and American political traditions.

Teaching, Law, Journalism, Public Policy, Public Service

Dr. Grant teaching a class

Those who plan to teach at the college level or to serve as headmasters or teachers at classical K-12 schools; to work in the legal profession, in journalism, or in public policy think tanks; or to enter public service broadly understood.