Department of Government

The mission of the Department of Government is to educate students in the areas of government, politics, and international affairs, and by this means to foster more knowledgeable, informed, and active citizenship, as well as more enlightened future political leadership, in the communities to which they belong.

Judge Terrell
Judge Terry D. Terrell

Celebrate Constitution Day!

On September 17, 1787, at the conclusion of a months-long convention meeting in Philadelphia, 39 representatives of the several states affixed their signatures to what became our founding document.  In 2004, Senator Byrd initiated legislative action that renamed Citizenship Day to Constitution Day.  This legislation also required that all public institutions recognize through learning opportunities the U.S. Constitution on or around September 17.

We, as a university community, will join the rest of the nation in honoring the Constitution of the United States on September 10, 2014.  ‌Together, we will focus our attention on and express our appreciation for that lasting and influential document with a pre-lecture reception and public lecture  on the U.S, Constitution by a distinguished judge, The Honorable Terry D. Terrell, Circuit Judge, First Judicial Circuit State of Florida. Judge Terrell is a graduate from the Department of Government in Political Science. 

Event Date: Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Event Place: Bldg 51/Rm 152
Lecture Time: 6:00pm


Student News

UWF students receive scholarship to participate in Florida House Internship in Washington D.C.

University of West Florida students Raymond Matheny and Elizabeth McDonald were recently selected to participate in the Florida House Internship Program in Washington, D.C. this summer, where they will gain valuable experience working in the only state embassy in the nation’s capitol, and have opportunities to shadow members of the Florida congressional delegation and more. To make this experience possible, the Northwest Region of the Florida House is providing the students with $6,000 scholarships.

As part of the internship program, students spend three days a week assisting the director of the Florida House, and then have opportunities to shadow the Florida congressional delegation and explore offices related to their future career aspirations on the remaining two days. more....


The Department of Government offers a B.A. in Political Science, including a Pre-Law option, a B.A. in International Studies, and an M.A. in Political Science.

Ours are liberal arts programs, challenging students to think about timeless questions pertaining to the governance of human societies, such as the origin and evolution of law and justice, the workings of political institutions and processes, the exercise of political leadership, the comparative performance of regimes, problems of war and peace, and contemporary political issues.

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