Empowering you 
to critically engage
a complex world

Students in Government study the processes by which societies make collective decisions, explore the theoretical and ethical foundations of political action, raise critical questions about the nature and use of power, and examine how societies and international systems attempt to address fundamental problems of liberty, equality, conflict, and justice. The department’s curriculum is designed to develop students’ skills of sound research, rigorous analysis, and clear and effective argumentation, both orally and in writing. The department also has a long tradition of encouraging its majors to immerse themselves in their political environment through internships, civic activism, study abroad, and service learning. 

Over the past several decades, our program has earned a reputation as one of the finest in the country. Our students benefit from an extensive alumni network, with graduates working in Washington, D.C., New York city, Philadelphia, Harrisburg, and elsewhere. Notable alumni include President Ronald Reagan's Chief of Staff, a top media advisor to four Democratic presidential candidates, the national campaign manager for President George W. Bush, the former Democratic chairman of the U.S. House Budget Committee, and a Federal judge on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.

The Government major prepares students for graduate studies in law, political science, international relations, public policy, business administration, and public administration, and our graduates have been successful in government, business, law, international service, education, and the media.

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Common Hour - Magna Carta After 800 Years

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Nicholas Vincent Professor, University of East Anglia  Everyone has heard of the Magna Carta,...

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Story 12/11/2014

Faculty Focus

A regular recap of the achievements and published works of the faculty and professional staff at Franklin & Marshall College. 

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Story 11/11/2014

Faculty Panel Weighs What The Mid-Term Election Means

In the wake of a mid-term election that saw Republicans wrest away from Democrats control orf both houses of Congress, a panel of Franklin & Marshall College faculty offered insights Nov. 10 into...

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Story 11/7/2014

Debate Society Now Ranks Among Highest in Nation

Within the span of two months, F&M's Debating Society defeated Yale University at a Baltimore tournament, the only team there to do so other than Harvard University, then went on to record a...

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