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Justice and Democracy Emphasis

This is Political Science's newest emphasis. Through it we encourage students to study the rich traditions of American democracy, as well as to reflect upon its antecedents and to contemplate its future. Students study the related themes of justice and democracy across the sub-fields of Political Theory, Public Law and American Government. 

Spring 2018 Seminar

Hamilton: Who tells his story?Alexander Hamilton

Professors Radasanu and Streb will lead five discussions on the political thought of Alexander Hamilton. With the popularity of the musical Hamilton: An American Musical, it is a perfect time to reconsider this founding father’s ideas.

We will cover several important themes:

  • Federalism
  • Economic policy
  • Foreign policy
  • Political ambition
  • Hamilton’s life, reputation, and opponents

Students in this course will receive the title Justice and Democracy Scholars, complimentary course books and complimentary tickets and transportation to a performance of Hamilton: An American Musical in Chicago.

Classes will meet on five Fridays in Spring 2018 from 1-2:30 p.m. Dates to be determined. Students will attend a matinee performance of the musical in Chicago in April.

Please contact Andrea Radasanu, Ph.D. for more information on how to secure a spot in this course at

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