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Government

You will emerge from your government major grounded in international relations, American politics, comparative politics and political theory. You will get a front-line perspective on U.S. government if you are accepted into Hamilton’s program in Washington, D.C., where you will work in a Congressional or executive office.

Peter Jorgensen '16 at the U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen, Denmark

Taking On the World: Politics Is Just the Beginning

As deep as his interest runs in world politics, Peter Jorgensen ’16 says he couldn’t take studying only that subject or its close relatives. Jorgensen is a world politics major with an English minor and a possible second minor in French.

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“I get the whole world: I’ve taken an environmental studies class, I’ve taken a physics class, I’ve taken all the English classes in the world. My favorite professor at Hamilton is an English professor, “ says Jorgensen, who is spending his junior year in the General Course at the London School of Economics. Just before that, he interned for the summer with the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service at the U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen.

Hamilton world studies professors, he says, give students the freedom to construct their best and most interesting arguments, which inspires him to excel.  “You kind of take yourself out of your shoes and think in a different way, and I think that’s the best part of the world politics program here,” Jorgensen says. “Because it’s always very interesting, it’s always very much a new day. You never get the same thing twice.” To Jorgensen’s surprise, he’s made the dean’s list every semester.


Jacob Kleinrock '11 working at a University of Michigan-Michgan State football game.

A graduate’s progress: a job on the compaign trail

Jacob Kleinrock '11 has been interested in politics since high school. His government major at Hamilton College reaffirmed his interest, and he’s working as deputy finance director for a gubernatorial campaign. “The classes and one-on-one discussions were invaluable to me as I learned about the many problems of government and intricacies of the solutions,” Kleinrock says.

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He does campaign finance for Michigan’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer. He raises money and solicits donations with the campaign’s finance director and the rest of the finance team to cover campaign expenses such as staff and advertising.

“I use skills that I learned in my government classes every day,” says Kleinrock. “I feel like I'm better at problem solving and analyzing situations than I would have been without Hamilton's government department.”

At first he was more interested in going into policy work, but Kleinrock realized during his job search that his previous career-related experiences in campaign fundraising made him more marketable in that field. It’s been a good fit.

“I love what I'm doing right now,” Kleinrock says.