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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Story 4/26/2016

Senior Spotlight: Engaged With the Campus Community,...

Anne Dolan: "It is energizing and inspiring to be surrounded by a group of students who are so passionate about the school and want to make it the best place it can be."

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Story 4/21/2016

Trump, Clinton Command Strong Leads in PA, F&M Poll Shows

Fresh off their big wins in New York, Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hilary Clinton have taken commanding leads going into Pennsylvania's April 26 presidential primary, the latest Franklin &...

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Story 4/14/2016

Conference Showcases Student Research Across Disciplines

The First Annual Student Research Conference on April 10 explored varied facets of the theme "Knowing Our Past: Ethics, Justice and Power."

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