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:
- Democratic Outcomes from Movement-Based Party Formation: A Study of Participatory Democracy in Post-Communist Countries
- A New Wave of Women in Politics? Examining Women’s Political Participation Post-2016
- Is the Barrel Poisoning the Apples? Investigating the Link Between Procedural Justice in Police Administration and on the Beat
- “A Life Changing Experience”: Mayor's Youth Council Membership and Political Efficacy
- Small Islands and Brain Drain: A Case Study of Martinique
- The Price of Justice: The Effect of State Government Funding on Indigent Defense
- Apple and the FBI, The Power of Jus Tertii, and the All Writs Act of 1789
- Regional Exertion of Power: Iran and the Nuclear Deal
- Understanding Nation States and the Global Climate Regime: Applying Theories of International Relations to the International Climate Negotiations