Department of Government

Whether you are a graduate student aspiring to advance your career, or an undergraduate inspired by the power and workings of government, the degree programs and certificates in the Department of Government in the AU School of Public Affairs will give you the skills and knowledge you need today to become one of the leading political practitioners of tomorrow.

Our curriculum draws from the breadth and depth of intellectual resources across American University, providing our students with rigorous training and critical thinking skills essential to analyzing political activity and behavior and understanding systems of government. Our programs combine expertise and scholarship in political science, political communication, and more focused areas such as women and politics.

Through our rich academic curriculum, unparalleled ability to connect students with experts, and prime location at the center of the action, the School of Public Affairs’ Department of Government opens the door to our political system and prepares you to compete and lead in the government arena.

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SPA Research

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Steven Taylor and John Atta Mills


SPA's Steven Taylor Explores Why African-Americans Are Resettling in Ghana

Although immigration literature typically focuses on people moving from developing countries to more prosperous ones, SPA Associate Professor Steven Taylor’s new book explores the opposite phenomena.

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Government & Politics

Brexit the Next Hurdle for Northern Ireland After 20 Years of Peace

Diplomats, politicians, academics, and students recently gathered at SPA for a series of panel discussions on the 20th anniversary of the Northern Ireland Peace Agreement.

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Karen O'Connor

Professional News

Faculty Member Honored for Scholarship and Political Engagement

The Southern Political Science Association chose AU School of Public Affairs’ Karen O’Connor as the recipient of its Diane Blair Award. The biannual award honors political scientists who have played outstanding roles in politics and government.

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