The government department is one of the strongest at
Smith, with offerings equaling those in many graduate programs. In fact, more
Smith students study government than any other discipline. The department has more
than 170 majors in a typical year.
Sixteen full-time faculty members, each one a committed
teacher and scholar, lead a wide-ranging and lively conversation about politics and
government as it is experienced here in the United States and around the world.
We study public opinion, political development, and
political economy. We address the concerns of ethnic, racial and political minorities,
the role of gender in politics, campaigns and elections, and foreign policy. We examine
such fundamental and controversial concepts as justice, democracy, revolution and
equality. The depth and breadth of our course offerings reflect Aristotle's claim
(which we examine carefully and critically) that the most sovereign and inclusive
association is the political association.
We believe the study of politics, like the political
association, aims at the highest good, helping each of us to make better sense of
the world around us, even as we seek to improve that world for ourselves and for