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 11/11/2015

F&M's Mission From NATO: Clear Landmines Cheaply, Precisely,...

NATO has enlisted an international scientific group — including two Franklin & Marshall College professors — to create an effective means of eliminating landsmines in current and past warzones.

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Story 10/29/2015

Pulitzer Prize-Winner Recounts Tale of Immigrant Children...

Sonia Nazario,  author of the book "Enrique’s Journey,” spoke to a riveted audience in Mayser Gym during F&M's Oct. 29 Common Hour. 

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Story 10/29/2015

Support For Governor Slips As Budget Impasse Continues, F&M...

As Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and the Republican-controlled General Assembly wrangle over a state budget that is now nearly four months late, the governor's support among registered voters is beginning...

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