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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event 11/21/2019

Now Hour: Impeachment Politics and the 2020 Election

Mayser Gymnasium

Jennifer Kibbe Stephen Medvic Matthew Schousen moderated by Terry Madonna With ASL...

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Story 11/15/2019

Mueller Fellow Tells Stories to Illustrate Immigration...

Sandra Cisneros, a dual citizen of the United States and Mexico and a noted author and activist, chose a different way to discuss the immigration question during her recent visit to Franklin &...

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Story 10/31/2019

F&M Poll: Pa. Voters Support Impeachment Inquiry

Thirty-seven percent of registered voters in Pennsylvania believe President Donald Trump is doing an “excellent or good job,” similar to Barack Obama’s standing at this same point in his presidency,...

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Story 9/27/2019

Civil Discourse in Our Uncivil Age

For his Sept. 26 Common Hour topic, “Millennials and the Future of Civil Discourse,” Alexander Heffner, the host of PBS’s “The Open Mind,” discussed today’s often uncivil political discourse, its...

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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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