Robertson School of Government
Our mission is to train leaders who desire to strengthen the ethical and moral foundation of Judeo-Christian principles in government, and who are called to preserve individual freedom, representative democracy and constitutional government.Are you concerned about the moral foundations of your country? Are you called to serve? Are you willing to prepare to face the challenges that our society faces? Can you envision working at the White House, Capitol Hill, abroad as a diplomat or development professional, or perhaps closer to home in local government, education, or for a nonprofit organization?As the nation’s premier Christian graduate school of government, we invite you to walk through the doorway of public service at the Regent University Robertson School of Government.
Regent University Robertson School of Government S e r v i c e . L e a d e r s h i p. I m p a c t. Dean’s Welcome Our mission is to train leaders who desire to strengthen the ethical and moral foundation of Judeo-Christian principles in government, and who are called to preserve individual freedom, representative democracy and constitutional government. Are you concerned about the moral foundations of your country? Are you called to serve? Are you willing to prepare to face the challenges that our society faces? Can you envision working at the White House, Capitol Hill, abroad as a diplomat or development professional, or perhaps closer to home in local government, education, or for a nonprofit organization? As the nation’s premier Christian graduate school of government, we invite you to walk through the doorway of public service at the Regent University Robertson School of Government. Eric Patterson, Ph.D. Dean Dr. Eric Patterson is dean of the Robertson School of Government at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He is an expert on the ethics of war, post-conflict, and the intersection of religion and national security policy. He is the author or editor of 10 books, including Ending Wars Well: Just War Thinking and Post-Conflict, Ethics Beyond War’s End, and Politics in a Religious World: Toward a Religiously Literate U.S. Foreign Policy. Dean Patterson was a White House Fellow during the George W. Bush Administration and spent two stints working at the State Department’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs on weapons security issues, traveling to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Angola, Congo, and elsewhere. As an Air National Guard officer and commander, he deployed to Southwest Asia in 2011. Dean Patterson has given presentations at the National War College, Naval Postgraduate School, Foreign Service Institute, U.S. Military Academy (West Point), U.S. Naval Academy, Armed Forces Chaplaincy Center, Army National Guard Readiness Center, U.S. Central Command, U.S. Southern Command, U.S. European Command, and other government institutions. He is the author of over two dozen scholarly articles and book chapters, and his political analysis has been featured in The Washington Times, The Orange County Register, The Review of Faith and International Affairs, and Human Events. Prior to coming to Regent, he taught at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. The Robertson School of Government... A Different Kind of Government School. At the Robertson School of Government (RSG) the faculty dedicate themselves to preserving and defending the same values that guided our Founding Fathers in the formation of our great republic. We will not deride the role of faith in politics. We think a nation built upon the timeless standards of liberty and virtue must continue to lead today’s troubled world. We believe visionaries like Washington, Madison, Adams, Jefferson and Franklin were men ahead of their times, who, led by divine providence, crafted a Declaration of Independence and a Constitution that are still the envy of the world. The Robertson School of Government pursues knowledge and wisdom through careful scrutiny of competing perspectives, theories and ideas. We remain the place for the principled, conservative study of government at the graduate level. Admiral Vern Clark, (Ret.) Former Chief of Naval Operations Distinguished Professor In the midst of changing times, the next generation of leaders must answer the call of public service. Like others before them, from Biblical figures like Joshua and Daniel to historical icons like Washington and Lincoln, this new breed of leaders must take a stand on behalf of what is right and what is good. Such people understand John Adams’ sentiments in voting for the Declaration of Independence: “Sink or swim, live or die, survive or perish, I give my hand and my heart to this vote. … Independence now and Independence forever!” They echo Isaiah’s cry, “Here I am. Send me.” The increasingly complex challenges of today call for a return to the time-proven principles of freedom, justice and civic duty that created a great nation. The wisdom of patriots past and contemporary statesmen point to a Constitution that has lost none of its power to secure liberty and promote the pursuit of happiness. Regent University is a place where these ideals are still honored. Our students prepare for leadership by studying not only the institutions and mechanisms of government, but the ideas and theories which undergird social and political life. They participate in meaningful internships locally, in Washington, D.C., and across the country, and then go on to pursue their professional calling, challenging culture and changing lives. RSG graduates serve in strategic positions in the White House; Capitol Hill; the Departments of State, Justice, and Homeland Security; city councils and state legislatures; NGOs; think tanks; universities; and the military. Perhaps you are called to join the ranks of our alumni who are Christian leaders changing the world. John Ashcroft, J.D. Former U.S. Attorney General Distinguished Professor A rigorous academic program with a key emphasis on critical thinking and writing skills. A curriculum solidly grounded in Christian principles. A diverse student body made up of traditional students, working professionals and members of the United States military. A range of program concentrationstailoredtoeach student’s career interests. These Degrees Open Doors ... the Ones That Lead to the Corridors of Power. Hannah Bell, 2012 | Equipping Young Leaders Founder of The enVision Conference Larry Mayes, 1998 | Pursuing the Truth Vice President of Programs, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston Hannah Bell was 8 years old when she first stood in Robertson Hall on Regent University’s campus during a visit with her parents. Little did she know, she would later attend the Robertson School of Government (RSG) on a pathway to inspire generations of other young leaders. Hannah earned a master’s in government with a concentration in American government and public administration. As an online student, she was impressed by how available her professors were. “They care about you more than intellectually; they care about you as a person,” she says. Hannah also enjoyed that her professors connected classroom topics to one’s calling as a Christian. “They gave real-life lessons connected with God’s purpose for your life,” she explains. Even before she graduated in May 2012, Hannah was ready to apply all she was learning. After a career in the financial industry, Larry Mayes was looking for a change. With her father’s encouragement and the guidance of her professors, Hannah developed a nonprofit organization and planned The enVision Conference in 2011 to help young adults find their purpose and empower them to accomplish it. Just as her education at Regent emphasized identifying God’s purpose for her life, Hannah is passing that vision to others. “God has created us as individuals to use our skills to impact other people’s lives,” she shares. “I want to raise up the next generation of leaders who, wherever they are called, will raise a standard of excellence.” Learn more about The enVision Conference at theenvisionconference.com. He began to reexamine his life following his mother-in-law’s death from cancer. “I remember thinking, ‘At the end of the day, if I were to die what would my tombstone say? Here lies a mortgage broker?’ It seemed cold,” Larry recalls. A friend suggested he consider Regent’s Robertson School of Government. “I was fascinated by how RSG challenged students to reconcile faith and reason,” Larry explains. “The intellectual pursuit of truth was very appealing.” He describes his educational experience at Regent as “drinking through a fire hose,” as he considered new theories and viewpoints. His intensive Regent training paid off. After serving six years as the cabinet chief of human services for the city of Boston, Larry advanced to vice president of programs for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston. He says it is “a great honor and a privilege” to work for one of the largest providers of social services in Massachusetts. Services they offer stretch from local to international in scope, including interpretive services for limited-English speakers, educational and career preparation, counseling, childcare and programs for young parents. Larry sees each program as an important opportunity to live out his calling and make a difference. “I remember thinking when I was at Regent that I wanted to fight for those who can’t fight for themselves,” he recalls. “Now I get to do that every day.” “My last year in the Navy, I started a small ministry encouraging sailors,” says Chief Petty Officer Chad McQueen (Ret.). This innovative RSG student explains: “My mentor and I designed a ‘witness’ military challenge coin with a Scripture verse on it, and on my last deployment, the chaplain and I gave out about 60 of them to the sailors we mentored and counseled. Shortly after, we had a revival service; six of them accepted Jesus, and we baptized them in a swimming pool in Bahrain. I realized I could make a difference for Christ while serving my country.” On a separate deployment, Chad and fellow sailors distributed food and shared Christ. He recounts: “When on a port visit to the Seychelles, several sailors and I went to a powerful church service there. We spent time with the pastor and members of the church. When we left, we had lunch in a park area. One of the sailors saw a homeless guy digging in the trash and took his plate of food to the man. We spoke with him, encouraged him and shared Jesus as best we could through the language barrier. The experience touched each of our lives.” Chad says he came to RSG after the Navy to prepare for an even more significant role in public service, perhaps as a diplomat working for the U.S. State Department. Dr. Paul Bonicelli served in President George W. Bush’s administration at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) from 2005 to 2008. He was nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate to serve as assistant administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean, overseeing all foreign assistance programs in the region. Earlier at USAID, Paul served as deputy assistant administrator with oversight of USAID’s global democracy and governance programsandchairedtheStateDepartment’sGoverningJustlyandDemocraticallyinteragencycommittee. Paul’s previous government service includes working as a professional staff member for the International Relations Committee (now the House Foreign Affairs Committee) of the U.S. House of Representatives, as a consultant to the Department of Labor’s Bureau for International Labor Affairs, and as an official delegate to the United Nations where his task was to advocate for the Bush administration’s policies. Today he is the executive vice-president of his alma mater, Regent University, after having served as chief academic officer at Patrick Henry College and Houston Baptist University. He says, “As an alumnus, I thank the Lord Jesus Christ for how He used Regent University in my life 25 years ago to renew my faith and make me more fit for His service. It is great to come home!” Chad McQueen, RSG Student | Serving His Country and Christ Retired Chief Petty Officer, U.S. Navy Paul Bonicelli, 1987 | Leading in Government and the Academy Executive Vice President, Regent University Academics Master of Public Administration (MPA) The MPA program at Regent University is designed for those called to managerial and leadership careers in public service: government (local, county, state and federal), nonprofit organizations (private foundations, grant-funding institutions, Red Cross, local United Way agencies), faith-based service organizations (ministries dealing with the homeless, the challenged, the vulnerable; Christian disaster relief units), health delivery entities (hospital management and public health agencies), and the management of large churches. RSG’s MPA program is the first public/nonprofit management program that is rooted in a Christian worldview. You will find this in courses such as Christian Foundations of Government to more traditional MPA classes, including Organization Theory, Human Resource Management, and Principles of Budgeting and Taxation. The courses in the MPA program are taught by Christian scholars and practitioners who have expertise and reputations that will help unlock doors of opportunities to advance your career. Dr. Robert Dyer is a practitioner-in-residence with applied expertise in local government, especially in the area of budgeting, taxation, and organization theory and structure. Dr. Gary Roberts is well-known for his scholarship and applied expertise in human resource management and nonprofit/faith-based management. Dr. James Slack is nationally recognized for his scholarship and expertise on public policy and workplace issues. The program also uses a variety of adjunct faculty with specialized expertise designed to equip the student with tools for success. All MPA courses are offered online and on campus. Courses blend theory and practice—often “adopting” agencies to give students hands-on experience in assisting and advancing public service. Internship opportunities are created to match the career path of each student, as well as to give meaningful help to public service entities. Those internships often become doors to employment, which is why Regent MPA graduates are change agents in arenas from city hall to state capitals to Washington, D.C. Master of Arts in Government (M.A.) The Master of Arts in Government provides the intellectual foundation needed by the rising generation of American leaders. Students take a core set of courses that lay a substantial groundwork for approaching domestic politics and international relations from a Christian worldview, including courses such asAmericanPoliticalThought,InternationalRelationsTheory,and Christian Foundations of Government. Whether in the classroom or online, students learn from teacherscholars with a wide range of academic and real-world expertise, including former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, former Chief of Naval Operations Vernon Clark and former USAID Assistant Administrator Paul Bonicelli. In 2012 alone, RSG faculty published six new books, including Dean Eric Patterson’s Ethics BeyondWar’sEnd(GeorgetownUniversityPress)andEndingWars Well (Yale University Press), Professor Mary Manjikian’s Threat Talk (Ashgate), and Distinguished Professor Charles Dunn’s The Enduring Reagan (University of Kentucky Press). After completion of their core courses, students and their academic advisors select a traditional political science concentration of study (e.g. American Government, International Relations, Political Theory). Students can also do coursework toward specialized certificates that make them more marketable in today’s competitive environment, including certificates in Law & Public Policy and Terrorism & Homeland Defense. Our curriculum grounds students in political philosophy while providing the skills required to secure positions of leadership and influence. Our faculty-to-student ratio of 14 to 1 enables our professors to form meaningful relationships and mentoring opportunities with the students entrusted to them. Our classes offer a dynamic interchange of cutting-edge technology, recognized scholarship and the free flow of ideas among students, their peers and their professors. Students leave our classrooms challenged and inspired to live Regent University’s motto: Christian Leadership to Change the World. PENDING SACS APPROVAL, BEGINNING FALL 2013 THE MPA WILL REQUIRE 36 HOURS AND THE M.A. 30 HOURS. FOR ALL M.A. DEGREE REQUIREMENTS PLEASE VISIT: REGENT.EDU/GOVERNMENT/ACADEMICS. American Government ° Public Administration ° International Relations ° Middle East Politics ° Terrorism & Homeland Defense Nonprofit & Faith-Based Organizations ° Political Theory ° Emergency Management & Homeland Security ° Public Leadership & Management Academics Certificate Programs RSG offers a number of certificate programs regardless of whether the student is enrolled in a master’s degree program. Students can quickly earn a 12-credit Certificate of Graduate Studies by completing four classes in one of these special fields of study: American Government, International Relations, Law & Public Policy, Public Administration, Political Theory, Middle East Politics, and Terrorism & Homeland Defense. This option especially benefits persons needing continuing education credits or additional training for career advancement. M.A. and MPA candidates can supplement their concentration within the degree program with these additional certificates, making them better prepared and more marketable for a variety of jobs. More information on these options can be found in the online course catalog. Joint Degrees Option The Robertson School of Government offers joint degree programs in areas of study such as law, divinity, communication and business. This allows students to earn two degrees simultaneously, saving both time and tuition. Students are trained and marketable in two distinct career fields upon graduation. The most in-demand joint degree in the Robertson School of Government is the joint M.A. in Government/J.D. in Law. Oxford Study Abroad Program One exceptional summer study abroad opportunity is the Oxford University program. The world’s first English-speaking university, Oxford is the alma mater of William Tyndale (martyred for translating the Bible into English), poet John Donne (“No man is an island …”) and Jonathan Swift (Gulliver’s Travels). Led by both Regent and Oxford professors, students delve into a critical examination of international relations, democratic theory and policy studies. Recent course offerings include American & English Constitutions, the European Union, and Religion & Politics in America & England. You Can Read About Movers and Shakers … The Robertson School of Government has crafted an academic team whose sole mission is to train the next generation of principled Christian leaders. Your educational foundation will benefit from professors who are published scholars, or who were leaders in Washington, D.C., former Cabinet members, retired military officers, and practitioners from local and state government. Former Missouri governor, U.S. Senator and U.S. Attorney General, John Ashcroft led the United States’ pursuit of some of the world’s most dangerous global terrorists after the tragedy of 9/11. Areas of Expertise: National security, law enforcement and global policymaking John Ashcroft, J.D. Former U.S. Attorney General Distinguished Professor Courses Taught: International Human Rights National Security Admiral Vern Clark (Ret.) Former U.S. Chief of Naval Operations Distinguished Professor Retired Admiral Vern Clark completed a distinguished 37-year Navy career in 2005. His Navy experience spans his early days in destroyers, early command in a Patrol Gunboat as a lieutenant, and concluded in the halls of the Pentagon as the Chief of Naval Operations and a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Areas of Expertise: U.S. military policy, terrorism and homeland security Mary Manjikian, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Government A native of upstate New York, Dr. Mary Manjikian attended Wellesley College (where she received a B.A. in Russian), Oxford University (M.Phil.) and the University of Michigan (M.A., Ph.D.). She is a former U.S. foreign service officer who served in Holland, Russia and Bulgaria. Areas of Expertise: International relations, cyberpolitics, international security, and the politics of disaster and crisis Courses Taught: Terrorism and Homeland Security Intelligence and Homeland Security National Security Affairs Research Methods Jeffry H. Morrison, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Government Dr. Jeffry Morrison is director of the Oxford Study Abroad Program at Regent University and a faculty member at the federal government’s James Madison Foundation in Washington, D.C. He has taught at Princeton University, the U.S. Air Force Academy and Georgetown University in the departments of government and history. He is the author or coeditor of four books and numerous articles, book chapters and reviews on American constitutionalism. Areas of Expertise: Political theory and American government Courses Taught: Biblical Foundations of Leadership American Political Thought American Government Christian Political Thought Anglo-American Constitutionalism Constitutional Interpretation Political Philosophy Our faculty hold advanced degrees from institutions such as Aberystwyth, Brandeis, Duke, Oxford University, Michigan, and the University of Virginia. They have a passion for teaching and a love for students. Through our program, your confidence will rise as you acquire the tools and knowledge needed to fulfill your life’s mission. ... or Come to Regent Where They Will Mentor You. Employment & Internships Networking That Works: Angela K. Parham found more than an internship through a Regentsponsored on-campus event. She found a career. Today, Angela is in contact with world leaders and national policy makers—another reason to choose a program that matches your values and your goals. Visiting Lecturers As a leading center for Christian thought and action, Regent University exposes students to speakers who are front and center on some of the most important issues of our time. Each year, our students learn first-hand from major world and national leaders from both sides of the aisle on today’s most pressing issues. A new generation of highly skilled leaders is impacting the political landscape. They serve in city halls, policy think tanks, campaign headquarters, and in a multitude of venues around the nation and throughout the world. Our graduates are creating family-friendly legislation in state government, creating disaster management and response plans for the next terrorist attack, running House and Senate campaigns, and dialoguing with foreign governments over everything from trade to human trafficking. The Robertson School of Government’s over 900 alumni occupy strategic positions in the White House, Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, and Health and Human Services. They also serve as congressional assistants and hold positions in local and state government. They take seriously their call to public service. RSG students have held key internships at: American Center for Law and Justice Brookings Institution Focus on the Family FOX News Heritage Foundation Joint Forces Staff College Judicial Watch NATO Pennsylvania Family Institute United States Department of Health and Human Services United States House of Representatives United States Senate Virginia House of Delegates The White House Our guests include internationally recognized professors, political leaders, former heads of state, cabinet members, senators and Supreme Court justices. Our campus is home to eight unique schools within the university, allowing us the opportunity to hear world-class speakers from a variety of disciplines. We have the privilege of hearing outstanding missionaries and evangelists, Hollywood screenwriters, corporate executives, state and federal judges and prominent educators. Angela K. Parham, 2003 Program Coordinator Heritage Foundation, Washington, D.C. PAST VISITORS AND LECTURERS Elaine Chao Former U.S. Secretary of Labor James Dobson Founder, Focus on the Family Bob Dole Former Senate Majority Leader Al Gore Former Vice President of the United States Rick Santorum Former U.S. Senator Scholarships & Grants Financial Aid & Employment For many, the single-greatest obstacle to a graduate education is cost. Committed to helping students finance their education, the Robertson School of Government (RSG) offers a wide range of scholarships. Many regularly admitted students receive a scholarship or grant upon acceptance into the program. In addition to scholarships given by RSG, we encourage prospective students to contact Regent Universityâ€™s Central Financial Aid office at regent.edu/finaidforinformationonuniversityendowedscholarships and federal loans. RSG graduates are in demand because the marketplace knows that they are well-prepared to speak, write, analyze, and act in the competitive environments of public service and the private sector. RSG has a weekly career services newsletter promoting internship, scholarship and employment options and takes seriously our obligation to connect our graduates with opportunities for meaningful service. Most importantly, RSG has a proven track record: Our alumni include the 71st governor of Virginia, career diplomats at the State Department, senior officials in state capitals, military leaders, development experts at USAID and nongovernmental organizations, and managers from city hall to nonprofit agencies. Robertson Endowed Honors Scholarship Trustee Scholarship Deanâ€™s Scholarship Merit Scholarship Faculty Honors Scholarship Providence Scholarship Stewardship Scholarship Military Grant Military Spouse Grant Government Employee Grant Regent Undergraduate Award Alumni Referral Award In addition to these scholarships and grants, RSG also awards a variety of school-based endowed scholarships, and accepted students may apply for university-based endowed scholarships, which are awarded each spring. Finally, Regent University sponsors dozens of corporate partnerships to assist students in paying for their education. The Robertson School of Government awards scholarships on a first come, first served basis, so apply early. RSG provides exceptional military benefits including a tuition discount for active duty service members and their spouses, and the Post-9/11 GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program for student veterans. regent university robertson school of government. service. leadership. impact. 1000 Regent University Drive Virginia Beach, VA 23464 888.800.7735 regent.edu/government Regent University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associates, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of Regent University. Regent University admits students without discrimination on the basis of race, color, disability, gender, religion, or national or ethnic origin. RSG121030