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Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy

A large group of students working on a political theory degree smile as they stand in front of the US Capitol building.

Political theory and constitutional democracy probes the major competing principles that have animated political communities and how people have attempted to translate these into practice. 

This major raises complex fundamental questions: What does it mean to flourish as a human being? What are the rights and responsibilities of good citizens? What is the best way of life for society as a whole? It does not pretend to have the definitive answers to these questions but teaches students how to think about these concepts and how to approach these questions in a productive and intellectually exciting way. 

Political theory and constitutional democracy is housed in James Madison College, MSU’s residential college for international and public affairs, which is a limited-enrollment program.


Graduates in political theory and constitutional democracy pursue careers in a range of industries, excelling in jobs that demand deep knowledge of governmental systems, policy and communication.

Alumni work at: 

  • U.S. government
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Private businesses
  • Cultural organizations
  • Media organizations

Alumni work as: 

  • Social workers
  • Journalists
  • Administrators
  • Attorneys
  • Public health officials
  • Business owners

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