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 2/25/2016

Restorative Justice in Our Backyard and the Quiet American...

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Christopher Fitz Executive Director of the Center for Community Peacemaking A young man from a...

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Story 2/4/2016

Modern Media and Purposely Garbled Campaign Messages

With this week's recently concluded Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary just days away, journalist Lonnie Isabel came to F&M to talk about how the media and presidential campaigns have...

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Trump, Clinton Still Lead, But Cruz, Sanders Gaining, F&M...

In Pennsylvania, Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hilary Clinton remain the frontrunners in the 2016 race for their respective parties' presidential nominations, according to the latest Franklin...

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Teagle Grant Supports Linking of Business, Liberal Arts

F&M  and two collaborating institutions — Bucknell University and the University of Pennsylvania — have received a $280,000 grant from the Teagle Foundation to continue work linking business...

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