Frank Anechiarico studies constitutional law and public administration.
You will emerge from your government major grounded in international relations, American politics, comparative politics and political theory. If you are accepted into Hamilton’s program in Washington, D.C., you will get a front-line perspective on U.S. government, including working in a Congressional or executive office.
About the Major
The study of politics and public affairs at Hamilton has three tracks: government, world politics and public policy. The government major provides a broad grounding in international relations, American politics, comparative politics and political theory. World politics focuses on either a region or theme, for instance, poverty and inequality, democratization or international law and organization. Public policy is interdisciplinary and includes economics and philosophy.
I definitely think government was a good choice because the government professors really teach you how to think critically about all sorts of issues, and regardless of what field you go into critical thinking is a lifelong skill. I also love the major because we write a lot of papers (as well as for my philosophy minor) so my writing has improved dramatically! I read papers from freshman fall and can't believe how much my writing has improved.
Hillary Kolodner ’14 — Government major
Careers After Hamilton
- Program Analyst, Department of Homeland Security
- Strategic Marketing Coordinator, NBC Universal Media
- Writer, Comedy Central
- Coordinator for Communications & Outreach, U.S. Department of State
- Orthopedic Surgeon
- Advisor & Associate Counsel, Republican National Committee
- Maynard-Knox Professor of Government, Hamilton College
- Founder/Executive Director/President, New England Center for Children
- Director, Foreign Exchange Distribution, UBS Securities LLC
- President & CEO, Texas International Education Consortium
- Senior Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Department of the Interior
International Relations 114FS
Introduction to the theory and practice of world politics. Emphasis on the changing structure of the international system; the role of the nation-state and non-state actors; patterns of conflict and cooperation; the use of force, diplomacy and ideology; the interplay between politics and economics. Writing-intensive. Proseminar.View All Courses
Congressional Campaign Politics 200F
Course will examine the factors that influence Congressional elections both at the individual and national level. Students will also complete an volunteer internship with a local congressional campaign. Available in both Summer and Fall 2018.View All Courses
Nationalism and the Politics of Identity 244S
Comparative assessment of identity politics around the world, including nationalism, race, ethnicity, religion, and gender. Examines the origins, evolution, and solution to identity-based conflicts. Case studies will include Islam in Europe and race in the US, among others. Writing-intensive.View All Courses
The Politics and Theory of Place and Space 360F
How do we map out, conceptualize, inhabit and govern our spatial environment? What political challenges arise in organizing and maintaining a coherent world of places? A look at the theoretical and political dimensions of place and space through writings of geographers, political theorists, environmental thinkers, novelists and U.S. case studies, including 9/11, the debate over logging in the Pacific Northwest, the problem of sprawl, the decline and revival of old industrial cities, the future of America’s agricultural landscape, and the impact of climate change. Writing-intensive.View All Courses
Violence, Justice and the State in Latin America 368S
This class explores contemporary issues in Latin American politics, focusing on the ways that the capacity of Latin American states impact people’s everyday lives. The course will consider the role of the state in controlling and contributing to violence and in enhancing and impeding struggles for social justice. Emphasis will be placed on critically reading the theoretical and empirical literature in order to understand and assess the relationship between states and citizens in Latin America. Writing-intensive.View All Courses
Capitalism, Democracy, and the Workplace 389S
What is the relationship between capitalism and democracy? Do the claims of democracy extend into the workplace? This course examines the development of a market society, the division of labor, and contemporary working conditions, exploring the challenges and possibilities each presents democratic life. It emphasizes critical reading of historical, empirical, and normative texts in order to define and assess the mutual obligations between democratic societies and their citizens and workers. Readings include Adam Smith, Max Weber, Hannah Arendt, C. Wright Mills, and Karl Polanyi. Writing-intensive. Proseminar.View All Courses
Witnessing Political History in León, Spain
Kayla Self ’21 has been listening to her Puerto Rican mother speak Spanish at home since she was a child, but she didn’t get much practice speaking it herself. After enrolling in a few Spanish courses at Hamilton, she decided to take her oral communication skills to the next level.