The Government Department mourns Dr. Stanley J. Michalak. See our statement of his esteemed life here and an alum's reflections here.   


Empowering you 
to critically engage a complex world

Students in Government study power, justice, equity, and change using a global lens.

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, off campus study, 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., Accra, New York City,  London, Singapore, Los Angeles, and Mexico City.

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.

The Government Department  Supports Racial Justice for our past, current, and future students. 

The Government department is outraged and heartbroken by the recent horrendous killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and Tony McDade. We recognize that these individuals are only the latest victims in a long history of violent oppression of Black Americans by police officers and fellow citizens. As a department and as individuals, we stand in support of those doing the work to dismantle racism and racist violence in all of its forms. Historically, and even now, our department has too often been part of the problem and not the solution at Franklin and Marshall College. And, as social scientists, we acknowledge the presence of systemic racism and white privilege in our own discipline. Too often, the effect of deeply embedded racism on our political system, justice system, and policy is ignored in our literature and in our classrooms.  We commit to you to do better. 

See our full statement of support for racial justice and the actions to which we commit here


News from the World



The Pulse

Story 1/20/2021

Faculty Panel Discusses New Biden Administration

 On the eve of Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration, a trio of professors from Franklin & Marshall’s Department of Government discussed Biden’s incoming administration. 

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Story 11/10/2020

F&M Faculty-Student Research Wins HUD Grant

The research is led by Harriet Okatch and Jennifer Meyer, assistant professors of public health in the fields of biology and government, respectively. They received a three-year, $699,139 lead...

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Story 10/29/2020

Coding Presidential Campaign Media Coverage

Which political party receives more media coverage, and does that affect campaign outcomes? F&M sophomore Nadezhda Ivanova analyzed more than 400 articles to find out. 

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Story 10/29/2020

F&M Poll: Six Days Before Election, Biden Leads Trump by Six...

Six days before the Nov. 3 general election, Democrat Joe Biden leads Republican President Donald Trump by 6 percentage points in Pennsylvania, according to the latest Franklin & Marshall College...

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