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Department of Public Management & Government
110F Bert Combs Building
Morehead, KY  40351
Phone: 606-783-5419
Fax: 606-783-5092

Dr. Stephen J. Lange
School of Public Affairs 
Associate Professor of Government
Phone: 606-783-5420
Toll-Free: 800-221-3269

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Department of Public Management & Government

The Department of Public Management and Government focuses on the understanding of public life, the study of politics, and the preparation of students for both citizenship and careers in law and public service.  Government or political science is the study of human beings living together in order to pursue the good life and happiness.  This includes the study of human nature, the philosophical foundations of political life, constitutional orders, institutional arrangements, political development, electoral politics, and public policy.  Government spans the five major subfields of political science: political philosophy, American politics, public law, comparative politics, and international relations.  As a result, the study of government includes not only the United States but also people and political systems around the world.

The study of government or political science is an important part of a liberal education.  Students will develop their reading, writing, communication, and analytical skills.  They will learn to think carefully and independently about complex problems.  They will learn to consider both immediate details as well as broader contexts.  They will refine their understanding of human nature and their ability to work with others.  This produces a solid set of skills that employers highly value, that is flexible, and that will prepare students for a wide range of careers in public service, including federal, state, and local government, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector.


Bachelor of Arts Programs

Political Science

Master of Arts Programs

Public Administration

Intelligence Studies Certifications 

The Department of Public Management and Government offers undergraduate and graduate certificates in Intelligence Studies


MSU also offers minors in Government and Regional Analysis and Public Policy (RAPP).

 The Department of Public Management and Government offers undergraduate and graduate scholarships and research assistantships, exciting internship and travel opportunities, and the chance to work closely with distinguished faculty from a wide range of backgrounds.

In addition to providing outstanding undergraduate and graduate education, the faculty and staff in the Department of Public Management and Government conduct research and perform outreach in areas such as national security, foreign policy, international relations, public health, environmental monitoring and restoration, hazards, GIS, political philosophy, public law, intergovernmental relations, federalism, and economic development.


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