The Government Department is committed to intellectual rigor in teaching and research. Our students investigate political beliefs and actions of the individual citizen on up to those of international states.
Studying government strengthens students' analytical and communications abilities. Most courses in the department require one or more papers. Our advanced seminars, which enroll 15 or fewer students, require a major paper based on independent student research. The department also offers multiple writing-intensive seminars designed for freshmen. Every year, government faculty conduct collaborative research with dozens of undergraduates, often resulting in publication.