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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March 27
event 3/27/2019

Uncivil Agreement: How Politics Became Our Identity

Life Science 142 Bonchek Lecture Hall

A lecture by Prof. Lilliana Mason on her recently published book Uncivil Agreement. With Uncivil...

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April 08
event 4/8/2019

Prospects for Peace in the Andes: The Future of Venezuela...

Lisa Bonchek Adams 200 Auditorium

A conversation with Ambassador William Brownfield April 8, 3:30 - 4:30 pm, Lisa Bonchek Adams...

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April 09
event 4/9/2019

A Crisis at the Border?: A Wall and Caravans in the Context...

Life Science 142 Bonchek Lecture Hall

 Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera (Ph.D. in Political Science, The New School for Social Research) is...

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Story 3/5/2019

The College’s Model UN Reflects Diversity on Campus

They arrived at a Franklin & Marshall College lecture hall prepared to argue whether international intervention and foreign aid was in the United States’ interest. The two Model United Nations teams,...

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Story 3/1/2019

An Undocumented Citizen Defines America

At age 12, his mother sent him from his home in the Philippines to live in the United States with his grandparents, naturalized citizens who reside in California. Unbeknownst to him, he arrived...

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Common Hour Notes of an Undocumented Citizen
Story 2/28/2019

Notes of an Undocumented Citizen

José Antonio Vargas Founder & CEO of Define American, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, and author José Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist,...

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