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Coronavirus and Continuity of Classes Online IMPORTANT: For all the most reliable and updated information on the coronavirus pandemic, access to public health services in New Mexico and the continuity of classes online, please see the NMSU website here   March 27, 2020 Dear Students, Please know that the faculty […]

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Coronavirus and Continuity of Classes Online

IMPORTANT: For all the most reliable and updated information on the coronavirus pandemic, access to public health services in New Mexico and the continuity of classes online, please see the NMSU website here


March 27, 2020

Dear Students,

Please know that the faculty and staff of the Department of Government are ready to support you and answer any questions you have as we transition to the online delivery of classes for the rest of this semester. This is a challenging time and we will come through it together. Please stay connected and do not hesitate to contact your professors or me if you have any concerns. For updated information about grading, advising and student support services, see Dept of Govt Update 03 27 20.

Best wishes.

Dr. Neil Harvey
Professor and Academic Department Head
Department of Government
[email protected]


Advising for Summer and Fall 2020

We are also ready as advisers for selecting summer and fall 2020 classes (in addition to the services provided by central advising). The Fall 2020 Program has just been posted online. You cannot add classes yet but you can see what the program will offer and begin to put together your likely schedule. Each of our faculty members is available to advise you in this process. To see your adviser, please click here

Department of Government Social Justice Award 2020

Please note: Deadline extended to 5.00pm, September 10, 2020

Please consider applying or nominating someone you know for the Department of Government’s annual Social Justice Award. Please see SOCIAL JUSTICE AWARD 2020 flyer for details.


Apply to graduate programs in the Department of Government


We are still 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 the content and requirements of our MA in Government, click here, and for our MPA, click here

For students interested in applying to the MPA program, please contact the MPA Director, Dr. Christina Medina at [email protected]

To apply to either of our graduate programs see: Application Process for Graduate School at NMSU


To apply for a graduate assistantship, please fill out and submit this form:Graduate Assistantship Application (1)  and send to Patricia Vargas, Main Office, Department of Government or email it to [email protected]

Masters Accelerated Program (MAP)

Qualified undergraduates can ask to take up to 12 credits of graduate-level coursework as part of the Masters Accelerated Program (MAP) and have these credits count both for the BA and an eventual Master’s degree. If you are thinking of applying to the MA in Government or the Masters of Public Administration (MPA), speak with your professor about the MAP program. See the Masters Accelerated Program in Dept of Govenment NMSU for details.



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

    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 competed successfully in the National Model UN Conference, 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

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