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Teaching Tomorrow’s Leaders

Political Science

Teaching Tomorrow’s Leaders

Spotlight on Excellence

Congratulations to this year’s winner of the Luxembourg Income Study (LIS Cross-National Data Center)  Aldi Award for researchers under 40 is…

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It is with great pleasure to share with you the following UNC Political Science award winners: Professor, Chris Clark has…

Rethinking Respect Colleges can help students cultivate civic respect—a value more easily affirmed than granted in our polarized climate, Jeff…

Congratulations to all of our 2024 winners from our Annual Department End of Year Awards Reception!   In addition to our…


The UNC Department of Political Science is consistently rated as one of the top 15 political science departments in the country. Our internationally renowned faculty is dedicated to exposing students to cutting-edge political science research and scholarship. Political Science is one of the largest undergraduate majors 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.


Our graduate program, currently ranked 12th among U.S. graduate programs in Political Science, is small and very selective; each year’s entering cohort is approximately 12 students. We admit students for the Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science. The focus of our graduate program is to train students for professional careers in political science, usually in academic institutions but also (and increasingly) in government agencies and non-governmental organizations.

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Featured Graduate Courses

Intergovernmental Relations (PUBA 778)

Conflict and cooperation among governmental officials representing national, state, and local governments in the United States; changing roles of governments and new mechanisms for intergovernmental collaboration.

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The Psychology of Collective Politics

Explores the psychological underpinnings of collective politics from the perspective of both individuals and groups. Political behaviors examined include: deliberation, protest, nationalism, and intergroup conflict.

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