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 10/29/2015

Common Hour: Enrique and America's Immigration Dilemma

Mayser Gymnasium

Sonia Nazario Pulitzer-prize winning journalist for the Los Angeles Times Nazario is the author...

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Story 8/27/2015

F&M Poll Shows Voters Blame Legislature, Not Governor For...

As the budget stalemate in Harrisburg heads into its third month, more voters blame Pennsylvania's Legislature than they do Gov. Tom Wolf for the delay in action, according to the latest Franklin &...

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Story 8/24/2015

A Day in the Life of a Washington Intern

Washington, D.C., swelters in August, but Franklin & Marshall senior Cameron Koob, dressed in a black suit and blue tie, appears cool as he strolls through the halls of the U.S. Senate's Russell...

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Story 7/31/2015

Rolling Into A Rewarding Summer Internship

Mark Rooney '17  spends the summer in Lancaster interning with The Common Wheel, a bike shop that restores damaged bicycles and gives them to local children.

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