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.

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Story 2/28/2020

The Complicated History of the Women’s Suffrage Movement 100...

This year is the centennial mark for ratification of the 19th Amendment that granted women the right to vote, but the celebration is more complicated, said Ann Gordon, Rutgers University research...

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Story 2/20/2020

Falsely Imprisoned, Yusef Salaam Lives a Life of Purpose

Near the end of his 50-minute talk at Franklin & Marshall College, Yusef Salaam offered this advice to the collegians and high school students packed into Mayser Gym: “Life happens, but you have to...

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Story 1/31/2020

Journalist, Author Discusses Conservation Challenges

David Quammen,  award-winning author and journalist, described the current challenges faced by the conservation movement in the United States as acontinuation of an ongoing paradox in his Jan. 30...

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Story 1/30/2020

F&M Poll: Moderates and Undecideds Could Decide This Year’s...

Half of Pennsylvania voters surveyed in the latest Franklin & Marshall College Poll want a change in the White House, a third of voters do not, and the remaining voters are undecided, auguring the...

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