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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event 4/9/2015

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 3/26/2015

F&M Poll Shows Majority of Voters Support Gov. Wolf's Budget

In his third month in office, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has support from a majority of voters for his proposed budget and income tax increases, according to the latest Franklin & Marshall College...

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Story 2/16/2015

Civil Rights Week at F&M: 'We Shall Always March Ahead'

Given recent events in the U.S. -- simmering racial tensions, police shootings of unarmed black youth, and the fight for the rights of immigrants and the lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual...

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Story 1/5/2015

Art, Activism and The Environment: Exhibition Documents...

A flare from a well and a Amish farmer guiding his plow under an electric transmission line are a few of the subjects in the photos comprising "Contested Space: Witness to Place," on display at...

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