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Teaching Tomorrow’s Leaders

Political Science

Teaching Tomorrow’s Leaders

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Bookmark This is a feature that highlights new books by College of Arts and Sciences faculty and alumni, published each…

 Majors in Political Science, Public Policy, Sociology, and Management & Society Sunday, May 12, 2024 from 11:00am-1:00pm Carmichael Arena For more information…

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Congratulations to Courtney and Issac! Courtney received a Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching by Graduate Teaching Assistants, and…

Deutsches Haus at New York University Volkmar and Margret Sander Prize 2023 Award to Christiane Lemke Last Friday, November 10,…


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

American Presidency

Survey of the substantial literature and research on the American Presidency.

The White House

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.

U.S. Capitol Building