Image of Model UN team in China

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

Fall 2016 Advising information 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

Dr. Michael Frese will give a talk on how students can gain experience in political campaigning – Monday April 18, 4 pm, Breland 179. Click here for details

The 12th annual J. Paul Taylor Social Justice Symposium will be held at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts this week on Tuesday evening (March 22) and all day Wednesday (March 23). This year’s theme is Social Justice for LGBT in the Borderlands. Please see all the details about the program and the speakers at the website:


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

Social Justice Award – nominations due by February 22, 2016. 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

To see the recent news and past events follow this link to the recent news and events page.