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.

Public Affairs Lecture Fund 

Thank you for your interest in PALF. Applications are now open for Fall Semester ONLY.  All funded speakers must give a public lecture broadly addressing public affairs. Funds are not available for people who will only appear in a class. Because funds are limited please try to keep honoraria in the $300-400 range and try to avoid bringing speakers with transportation costs that will exceed the honoraria. For dinners, it is recommended that you limit the number of diners to four (and estimate $20 to $25 per person).

Please consult Laura M. Fiore, Associate Director, Human Resources, 717-291- 4278 for more information about hiring and payment procedures for foreign nationals http://www.fandm.edu/college-policies/article/hiring- policy-and- payment-procedures- for-foreign-nationals.

If you have specific inquiries regarding this application please contact the Government Department, 717, 358-3961.

 

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