The government major seeks to maximize students' ability to analyze and interpret the significance of political events, institutions, behavior, and governmental processes at the local, national, and international levels. Coursework includes the study of the United States Government, Comparative Government (the study of other nations' political systems), Political Theory, International Relations, as well as Area Studies (Europe, Latin America, Africa, Middle East, and Asia) and Pre-Law Studies. Students may also participate in special programs such as the Model United Nations Team, or do an internship. Internships are available at private organizations, as well as with local, state and federal government agencies.
The major is designed to equip students to play more effective roles as citizens of a democratic political order and of the world and to prepare them for careers in public service, diplomacy, law, business, journalism, and college teaching, among others.