2017-2018 Bulletin 
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2017-2018 Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Religion and American Politics, MA

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Students admitted to the MA in Religion and American Politics should refer to the Religion Student Handbook for the year in which they begin the program for complete details.


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The Master of Arts in Religion and American Politics is a transdisciplinary program focused on a field with growing relevance in the modern world.

Religion is a powerful force in the formation of individual, ethnic, and national identities and in the organization of communal, social, and political orders globally. Politics is increasingly taking account of religion as a determinative cultural and social phenomenon in the mobilizing and ordering of relations between societies. Professionals from politicians and academics to journalists and leaders of humanitarian organizations confront the constant interplay of the two realms. No area of human life is more freighted with passion, danger, and relevance and thus more in need of academic investigation.

Scholars need training in both politics and religion to analyze the web of relations between religion, politics, and society. Fortuitously, the traditional methodologies of political science and religious studies are beginning to merge. Students of politics are taking into account the power of religious identity and scholars of religion are employing the statistical methods of social scientists.

The Master of Arts in Religion and American Politics seeks to train students in both approaches as well as to expose them to key areas where politics and religion intersect, particularly in the United States. 

Students admitted to the program are required to become familiar with the Religion program’s Student Handbook for the year in which the student begins the program.

Degree Requirements

Coursework.  Students complete 48 units in four semesters. PP 363 - Introduction to Religion and Politics is a required course.  Other required courses are identified as required and advanced tools.

Required Tools

  • PP 481 - Quantitative Research Methods
  • REL 362 - Theories of Religion

Advanced Tools - one of the following

  • PP 482 - Advanced Quantitative Methods
  • PP 483 - Legal Research Methods
  • PP 484 - Experimental and Qualitative Methods

Research Paper. At the time of the student’s application for graduation, at least one substantial course research paper dealing with religion and politics must be submitted to the program committee.

University Policies.  University policies detailed in the Academic Policies  section of the Bulletin apply.

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