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.

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Faculty Announcement

New Chair Appointed to the Department of Government

We are proud to announce that Dr. Michelle Williams will now serve as the Chair of the Department of Government, Director of the International Studies Major Program, and and continue to teach as a Professor of Political Science. Dr. Williams teaches courses in world elections, parties and politics, democracy & democratization, radicalism and extremism in politics, race and ethnicity, international relations, and social science research methods. Her research interests include far right parties, nationalism and ethnic politics, political parties and party systems, political institutions, European politics, and scholarship of teaching and learning with emphasis on information literacy.  Dr. Jocelyn Evans, the former department chair, has been promoted to the position of Associate Dean of the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities. 

Nora Trotman, majoring in Political Science and Communication Arts, is pictured with Congressman Steve King (R IA-4) during her internship in Washington, D.C.
Nora Trotman, majoring in Political Science and Communication Arts, is pictured with Congressman Steve King (R IA-4), during her internship in Washington, D.C.

Student News

John C. Pace and Sam Rose Scholar Interns in D.C. 

As both a John C. Pace Scholar and Sam Rose Scholar, Nora Trotman had the opportunity to intern for Congressman Steve King (R IA-4) this past summer on full scholarship. Nora worked four days a week for the Congressman while taking a course on public policy and attending a seminar series in Washington, D.C.

Through this internship, she was able to sit front row to hear Secretary of State John Kerry speak, take notes at Judiciary Committee Hearings and meet Rep. Louie Gohmert and Rep. Michele Bachmann.

"This internship helped me grow as a person and a young professional in so many ways," Trotman said. "I don't think I could ever give the UWF Department of Government and Department of Communication Arts credit enough for preparing me for such a transformative experience. Three years ago I never would have thought I would be living and working in the nation's capital and now I can't wait to go back."

Nora is an honors student dual majoring in Political Science and  Communication. She is currently interning with Senator Marco Rubio's Pensacola office and will graduate this May.

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.


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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