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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

  • Native American Politics
  • Education Policy
  • Diplomacy and Soft Power
  • Political Economy
  • Democracy and Participation
  • Migration and Borders
  • Latin America
  • International Relations
  • National Security

Upcoming Events & Announcements

2017 Migration Crisis Service-Learning Study-Abroad Blog

See the students’ stories here. 

This inter-disciplinary, service-learning study-abroad course examines the current migration crisis in Europe, which has fundamentally affected and transformed the European continent. In particular Germany has emerged as the political core of the crisis. This interdisciplinary study-abroad trip to southern Germany/Munich will engage students with the immediate social complexity of the integration of migrants in Germany.

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

The Department of Government is offering two classes this summer, both online:

Govt 394.M70 Judicial Process (instructor: Dr. Kim Seckler) in Summer I session (May 24 to June 28) CRN: 22718 – please note that this class counts for the public law sub-field in Government, as well as counting as one of the core classes for the Law & Society Supplementary Major. See Flyer

Govt 100G.M70 American National Government (instructor: Dr. Tad Conner) in Summer II session (June 29 to August 3) CRN: 21060 – please note that this class counts as a requirement for the Government major, as well as general education credits. See Flyer


2017: NMSU team earns top awards at national Model U.N. competition See full story here

Govt & Econ grad selected for Fulbright student award to South Korea. See full story here

2016: 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.

2015: Model UN team wins top award again!!!

Video of the NMSU Model UN team in New York, April 2015, click here.

Past Events

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Last Updated: June 27, 2017