Study Diverse Global Issues

UNC’s Department of Political Science and International Affairs houses two bachelor of arts degrees: Political Science and International Affairs. In addition, we offer minors in Political Science, Legal Studies and Public Policy.

Our faculty have received numerous teaching awards and are active scholars, receiving prestigious grants from such agencies as the Ford Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. We bring this expertise to all of our classes. 

News and Announcements

Political Science & International Affairs CLub Received Award

The Political Science and International Affairs Club were awarded "Organization of the Year" at the annual Clubs and Organizations Award Ceremony this year.

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Political Science students at a final exam study session

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psci honorees

Students from the Political Science & International Affairs Department were recognized for academic excellence at the annual HSS Honors Convocation on Sunday, April 9th, 2017. Congratulations to Sarah Gorenflo, Darien Martinez, Tyler Warner, and Lobna Alsrraj (International Affairs), and Robert Kreiling, Paola Maldonado, Anthony Scaduto, and Kiera Trinder (Political Science)! View the full list of honorees here and check out more photos on the HSS Facebook page.

UNC political science professor featured on Bear-in-Mind podcast

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Dr. Gregory Williams is featured on the first episode of new UNC podcast, Bear-in-Mind. Dr. Williams talks about President Trump’s first few weeks in office, his campaign promises, and the power of the U.S. presidency.

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New Minor in Public Policy

The Political Science & International Affairs department introduced a new minor, Public Policy, for 2016-17. This program’s objective is to offer students from a variety of majors a focused minor in Public Policy, which is the study of how government policies are formulated, implemented, and evaluated. The minor is a hands-on, practical, applied program building upon the already existing strengths of a variety of liberal arts programs.

Political Science Takes Over Pre-Law Program

The Pre-Law Program is now housed in the Department of Political Science and International Affairs! The Pre-Law Program is designed to assist UNC students interested in law by providing mentor and advising programs, a Law Club, and the Legal Studies minor.