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 8/8/2019

F&M Poll: Pa. Voters Believe State, Not Nation, Headed in...

Fifty-one percent of Pennsylvania’s registered voters believe the state is “headed in the right direction,” but only 34 percent believe that of the United States, according to the latest Franklin &...

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Story 5/10/2019

Senior Spotlight: As First-Time Rower, He Came to Love the...

"My typical day starts down on the Susquehanna River, where I get to steal a glimpse of sunrise in between rowing drills." -- Brandon Schneider

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Story 4/12/2019

2019 Spring Research Fair: Ethical Implications of Public...

Once an old German university town, the medieval city of Freiburg on the western edge of the Black Forest was a Franklin & Marshall College senior’s inspiration for her research on the ethical...

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Story 4/2/2019

State Political Leaders Discuss Civil Discourse at F&M

In bipartisan efforts to engage students in political conversations, the chairs of Pennsylvania’s Democratic and Republican parties will appear April 9 for a student-organized forum on civil...

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