- Important questions, issues, and facts of political life as well as of the actual ordering of communities past and present
You’ll enjoy the Abbey’s Government and Political Philosophy Major if you
- are interested in politics, law, and societal issues
- possess strong communication skills
- enjoy reading and writing
- think critically and creatively
Aristotle famously called politics the ‘master science.’ Belmont Abbey College’s government and political philosophy bachelor’s degree program will teach you to understand, discuss and practice the ‘master science.’
- Study great works in political philosophy from Plato’s Republic and Machiavelli’s Prince to Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America and The Federalist Papers.
- Examine historical and contemporary court cases, engage in lively debate, and form the basis for a continued pursuit of political science after graduation.
With a Political Philosophy bachelor’s degree from Belmont Abbey College, you will be able to pursue a variety of career opportunities, including:
- Graduate/law school
In this major, you will become familiar with the major figures of political philosophy and the structure and operation of the American polity. Students should also expect to be challenged to improve their ability to communicate clearly and powerfully in speech and writing.
The Abbey Difference:
Guided by the tenets of Catholicism and the Benedictine hallmarks, Belmont Abbey College strives to provide its students with a well-rounded education that promotes wise and ethical decisions.
In the tradition of excellence in liberal education, the Department of Government & Political Philosophy aims to help students become more thoughtful human beings and more enlightened citizens. This objective is pursued primarily through the careful reading and analysis of the great books of political philosophers, as well as through the study of important writings and documents of the American tradition. The Government and Political Philosophy Department draws on the rich tradition of natural law embodied in the wisdom of classical thought, the Christian tradition as represented by thinkers such as St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas, and the prudent statesmanship of the American Founders.
The Government and Political Philosophy faculty are committed to modeling and encouraging the further development of honesty, integrity, and virtue in our students. Our hope is to provide an atmosphere of learning and study that will, in keeping with the highest values of a Catholic and Benedictine education, enable young men and women to engage in the world so as to become responsible citizens and to promote the common good.
Highlights of your experience:
These courses highlight the some of the ideas and authors you will consider as a government major at Belmont Abbey College.
Dr. Joseph Wysocki – Chair of Government and Political Philosophy, Assistant Professor of Government and Political Philosophy
B.A., Belmont Abbey College
M.A., Baylor University
Ph.D., Baylor University
Dr. Eugene Thuot – Professor of Government and Political Philosophy
B.A., Assumption College
B.Th., University of Ottawa
M.A., University of Chicago
Ph.D., University of Chicago
Dr. Travis Cook – Assistant Professor of Government and Political Philosophy
B.A., University of Maine
M.A., Boston College
Ph.D., Loyola University, Chicago
Dr. Laurence Reardon – Assistant Professor of Government and Political Philosophy
B.S., University College, Dublin
M.T. S., John Paul II Pontifical Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family
M.A., Catholic University of America
Ph.D., Catholic University of America
Dr. Justin Litke – Assistant Professor of Government and Political Philosophy
B.A., The Catholic University of America
M.A., Georgetown University
Ph.D., Georgetown University
Dr. Andrew Achter – Lecturer in Government and Political Philosophy
B.A., Belmont Abbey College
M.A.L.A., St. John’s College (Annapolis)