The goal of the Government Department is to engage students in discussion pertaining to the political dynamics of human life through research and intensive writing. Students emerge prepared to shape, analyze, and fully participate in civic life.
The Senior Program
Senior majors in government complete a senior thesis and a research paper, working closely with a faculty member in the department. In the Senior Program, students draw on their accumulated skills and knowledge to produce focused, high-level scholarship on a specific topic or problem.
Recent senior projects in government include:
- From Eco-Utopia to Reality: Building a Praxis of Social Ecology
- Trust in the Face of Corruption: Explaining Legitimacy in Peru and Ecuador
- A Europe of Nations: A Study of Right-Wing Populist Leaders in the European Union
- PFAS - Forever Chemicals - How Could the Precautionary Principle Be Used in the PFAS Debate?
- Theorizing Anti-Democratic Ideology in the Republican Party
- Shelters or Tents? Exploring Subnational Variation in Community Response at the U.S.-Mexico Border
- State, Economy, and the Self in the Thought of Azikiwe and Awolowo
World Politics Honors theses:
- Can the Military Experiences of Leaders Account for Cold War 2.0? A Quantitative Analysis of Russian-American Relations from 2000 to 2022
- Personalism, Hollow Institutions, and Russian Military Failures in Ukraine
- Europe’s “Hamiltonian Moment”? The Integrative Potential of Crises in the European Union
- US and China Relations: From Trade War to Tech War
- Effects of War on Individual Senses of Nationalism: A Study of Ukrainians Post-Invasion
- Rural Reach Upstages Foreign Funding: State Capacity in Senegal and Zambia