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Award-winning Model UN team on the Great Wall of China

Advising for Summer and Fall 2017 classes here
To help you plan which courses to take each semester, the Department of Government has a “degree map” which you should consult and use when meeting with  your adviser. See the two-year course rotation (effective August 2016) to see when classes will be offered.

The mission of the Department of Government is to produce and impart knowledge and skills necessary for understanding political issues and participating in public affairs.

To meet this mission, the Department of Government offers an undergraduate major in Government, a Law & Society supplemental major, a Master of Arts in Government and a Master of Public Administration, in addition to minors and a number of joint degree opportunities at the graduate and undergraduate level.

The faculty combine a deep commitment to teaching at all levels with a passion for scholarship and public service.

Areas of Specialization

  • Interest Groups and Nonprofit advocacy
  • Immigration policy
  • Public/Nonprofit Management
  • Mexico and US-Mexico border
  • Comparative Politics
  • Latin America
  • International Relations
  • National Security


Upcoming Events

Department of Government, New Mexico State University Present:

Fulbright Visiting Scholar Vasil Sikharulidze from Georgia will give a lecture on “Modern Times, Old Transatlantic Statecraft Quests: Security, Democracy and Economic Development” OnTuesday April 11, 4.00-5.30pm in  Breland Hall, Room 179  See Flyer



Europe’s Migration Crisis: A service-learning faculty-led Program. Open to all Majors Flyer

Department of Government Spring 2017 Colloquium Series

This colloquium series will reflect on the implications of major political events (including the Brexit vote and the US elections in 2016) for democratic politics locally, nationally and globally. Each presentation will introduce main ideas and arguments regarding key issues, such as the meanings of democracy in different historical and national contexts, the role of critical thinking in the study of politics, current challenges facing democratic institutions and citizen participation, and possible scenarios for the coming months and years. Free and open to the public.

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How to apply for a Department of Government Graduate Program at NMSU   See Flyer

Spring 2017 Colloquium Series: “Populism and Elections in Europe in 2017” By Dr. Sabine HIrschauer. Event to be held Tuesday February 7 4.00-5.00 pm in Breland 179. See Flyer

Internship Opportunity at Third Judicial District Court. Click here for details.

Social Justice Award – nominations due by February 17, 2017. See Flyer


Model UN team wins big at New York conference. See story here.

NMSU Honors student Sarah Casson (BA Government and Spanish, 2013) on her Fulbright US Student Program Award. Read more about this achievement here.

Rylee Stenberg, undergraduate senior in Government and Law & Society, has been featured by the national Women in Politics: College Edition program of MSNBC. Read more about this achievement here.

Model UN team wins top award again!!!

Video of the NMSU Model UN team in New York, April 2015, click here. with link to this video:

Past Events

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