New PhD in Political Science, Master’s Concentration in Religion, Culture and Values Recruit for Fall

Posted: February 6, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Chrisi West

Among the many other changes in the College of Arts and Sciences taking place this year are the creation of several new programs and concentrations, including a new PhD in Political Science and a new Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) concentration in religion, culture and values.

Almost two years in the making, the new PhD in political science was “a full faculty effort,” says Julie Mahler, director of the graduate program in political science in the Department of Public and International Affairs.

The goal is to eventually have about 50 PhD students enrolled in the program by recruiting 10 exceptional students each year. Students will be able to take courses such as “American Political Development” and “Regional Political Culture,” which were created for the new curriculum.

The new religion, culture and values MAIS concentration offers “a credibly sustained program that follows George Mason’s current focus on global issues,” says John Burns, graduate coordinator for the concentration. He expects 10 to 12 students to enroll in the concentration by fall.

Among the core courses in the concentration is “Ethical Perspectives of World Religions.” Burns hopes that students will “gain a deep and sympathetic understanding of other global religious traditions” from this course. Other courses will question hot-button issues such as human sexuality, medical research and business ethics.

This article originally appeared in a slightly different form in CAS Connection.

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