The Department of Government is a community of theoretically-sophisticated and policy-engaged scholars and students. We have a teaching mission, a research mission, and a service mission. In teaching, the Department seeks to provide its students with the theoretical and practical knowledge at the heart of the discipline of political science and to develop skills that will be important within and beyond the discipline. These skills include critical thinking, writing, and communicating abilities that will enable our students to be productive citizens and leaders in their chosen fields.
The Department’s research mission is to produce scholarship that meets the highest disciplinary standards for excellence and contributing to contemporary political debates. We emphasize hiring and retaining faculty members who will contribute to these efforts and expend considerable energy creating an intellectually open and challenging environment.
Building on the Jesuit ideal of service and leveraging our position as the best university in Washington, D.C., our faculty members and students participate in political debates, advise practitioners, and disseminate knowledge to scholars, practitioners, and the public at-large.