Image of Model UN team in China

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

Advising for Spring 2018 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 combines 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


Service Learning

2017 Migration Crisis Service-Learning Study-Abroad Blog 

This interdisciplinary, 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 engaged students with the immediate social complexity of the integration of migrants in Germany.

Upcoming Events & Announcements

Monday, Feb 12, 2018: 12.30-1.30 pm, Breland 358. Lunch/Information session about our two graduate programs: the MA in Government and the nationally-accredited Masters in Public Administration (MPA) program. See this link for details.


New in Summer 2018 (May 21 – July 28, 2018) – Funded research experience for undergraduates –

Deadline for applications: March 1, 2018

The Immigration and Border Community – Research Experience for Undergraduates, is a collaborative project between NMSU and UTEP which provides a unique opportunity to learn social science research methods while collaborating with local organizations to conduct in-depth research about the unique challenges faced by border communities in the Paso del Norte region of southern New Mexico, El Paso and Ciudad Juárez. Click here for details and link to application form. 


Upcoming lecture: 

Tuesday, March 6, 4.45-5.45 pm: Dr. Benjamin R. Cole (Simmons College) will present a lecture entitled “Republic at Risk: Democracy and the Mischief of Faction” in the Nick Franklin Seminar Room, Breland Hall, room 179. 

See link for more information


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, an 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 the top award again!!!

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

Past Events

See The Department Of Government’s Event Photos Here 
See recent news and past events here 

Last Updated: Nov. 8, 2017