James Madison College's major in Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy, as its unusual name suggests, probes the major competing principles that have animated political communities and how we have attempted to translate these into practice. We raise complex fundamental questions as we try to sort out the values and principles that have been most important to us. 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? Political Theory 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.
PTCD is housed in James Madison College, MSU's residential college for international and public affairs, which is a limited enrollment program.