The Political Science Major: An Overview
Political Science is concerned with the description and explanation of political institutions and behavior, the rights and responsibilities of citizens, and the relations of people with their governments. The curriculum provides the student with a broad knowledge of both domestic and foreign political institutions, processes, and problems.
Objectives for the Major
- A broad understanding of political institutions and issues as the central element of a general education;
- A basic knowledge of governmental techniques for those considering a career in public service;
- Pre-professional training for students planning to enter a law school;
- A basic foundation in Political Science for those contemplating specialization at the graduate level.
Political Science is the third largest undergraduate major at UNC-Chapel Hill, yet there is ample opportunity for students to receive individual attention and assistance as they pursue their chosen course of study. Many classes have fewer than 30 students, and our faculty members are committed to creating interesting and relevant classroom environments. Over the years, many of our faculty members have been recognized for their efforts with multiple teaching awards.
In addition to our wide range of traditional courses, undergraduate students are offered the opportunity to apply their knowledge through internships for credit, service-learning courses (A.P.P.L.E.S.), independent study, and study abroad.
To Major in Political Science
If you are considering becoming a political science major, please explore our website, review the major planning guide, and contact us to set up an appointment to discuss your goals. We look forward to discussing your future in our department.