15th Annual J. Paul Taylor Social Justice Symposium

Thursday, April 11 (3.30-8.00 pm, Gardiner Hall, Room 230, NMSU Las Cruces campus) and Friday, April 12 (9.00 am – 12.00 noon, Gardiner Hall, Room 230, NMSU Las Cruces campus), followed by closing discussion at the Center for Latin American and Border Studies, Nason House (12.15-1.45 pm). Free and Open to the Public. See NMSU News Story here.  


Advising for Summer and Fall 2019: To see your advisor, please click here

NEW!! Apply to graduate programs and an assistantship in the Department of Government

We are now accepting applications from qualified students to our two graduate programs: MA in Government and the nationally-accredited Masters in Public Administration (MPA). For information about our MA in Government, click here, and for our MPA, click here

Financial support in the form of graduate assistantships is also available for Fall 2019. Assistantships are renewable for up to four semesters. Students MUST be accepted first into either the MA or MPA program in order to be considered for a graduate assistantship. There is no separate application for a graduate assistantship but make sure you indicate on your form and personal statement for admission to the MA or MPA that you would like to be considered for an assistantship. Decisions on the award of assistantships will be announced on April 5. Apply here

Questions? Contact Dr. Neil Harvey (Academic Department Head) at nharvey@nmsu.edu

For students interested in applying to the MPA program, please contact the MPA Director, Dr. Christina Medina at camedina@nmsu.edu

FAQ #1

Q: What can I do with a Government degree?
A: Many things!!…But don’t take just our word for it.
Read about our alumni and how their studies prepared them for a variety of rewarding careers.
See here

Upcoming Events in Spring 2019


Thursday, April 18, 4.40-5.50 pm, Nick Franklin Government Seminar Room, Breland Hall, Room 179

Honorable Ambassador Delano Lewis (former US Ambassador to South Africa, 1999-2001)

Book Presentation and Signing

Passion, Power, Politics and Purpose: Lessons from a Life of Public Service

Former US Ambassador to South Africa (1999-2001), Delano Lewis will share his reflections and personal experience in pursuing higher education, public service and political engagement. He will present and sign his two books, “It All Begins With Self” and his personal memoir “No Condition is Permanent.” Besides serving as US ambassador to South Africa, Ambassador Lewis has provided leadership in many roles, including as president of National Public Radio and leadership positions in the Peace Corps, the Justice Department, the Office of Compliance of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and in the private sector as CEO of Bell Atlantic. Ambassador Lewis also led the International Relations Institute (IRI) at NMSU from 2007 to 2012. Copies of Ambassador Lewis’s books will be available for purchase and signing. For more information, visit Ambassador Lewis’s webpage

For political discussion and insight on current national and international issues, listen to Ambassador Lewis’s podcast at:

Service Learning

2018 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.


Model United Nations 2018-19

The NMSU Model United Nations Team travelled to Tucson to compete in CATMUN, a Model UN conference hosted by the University of Arizona on November 3, 2018. The team’s twelve members represented a diverse array of countries in working toward solutions concerning suppressing the financing of terrorism, crimes involving internationally protected persons, and the regulation of genetic engineering and biotechnology. 

The Model UN team also hosted its annual Fall Conference for High School students on the NMSU campus the following weekend, November 9th-10th. The team will compete in the National Model UN Conference, to be held in New York City during Spring Break 2019, as the Delegation of the Federal Republic of Somalia. See photo of the team, with the faculty adviser, Dr. Sabine Hirschauer.


2019 At spring convocation, College Professor Kim Seckler received the Donald C. Roush award for Excellence in Teaching, while Emeritus Professor, Dr. Pat Hynes was recognized by the University Research Counticil for Exceptional Achievement in Creative and Scholarly Activity. Well done Kim and Pat!. See full story here

2018: Model UN team wins Outstanding Delegation Award in New York. See full story here

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 past events here