Political Science

Public Policy ∙ Law ∙ Government ∙ Elections ∙ Globalization ∙ Intelligence ∙ National Security

Politics is a constant feature of contemporary life. Around the world people care passionately about politics, and students of political science share in this excitement. In addition to an in-depth understanding of institutions, policy making, and political action, students acquire skills essential for any career field. These skills include critical thinking, moral reasoning, methods of research and analysis, and communication.

The Political Science Program has close connections with a number of interdisciplinary institutes, programs, and centers, such as the American Political Science Association, North Carolina Political Science Association, Triangle Institute for Security Studies, U.S. Military Academy at West Point, General Hugh Shelton Leadership Center, and the Lura S. Tally Center for Leadership Development.

Graduates in Political Science are increasingly successful in a variety of government, diplomatic, professional, and business careers, such as intelligence analyst, journalist, educator, military officer, non-profit agency manager, and others. They pursue a wide range of post-graduation paths including active political engagement at the local, state, national, and international levels, as well as further study in graduate, law, and public policy schools.

Below are the medium salaries for occupations requiring an International Relations degree

  • Foreign Service Officer - $87,797
  • Intelligence Analyst - $70,130
  • Director, Non-profit Organization - $60,518

Requirements for the major with a B.S.

39 s.h., including PSC 1510, 2100, 2270, 3330, 3410, 3510, and 4600; six elective courses with a PSC prefix; and completion of the area concentration achievement test

Requirements for the major with a B.A.

Same as above, plus foreign language courses in one language through the 2020-level or demonstration of competence

Requirements for the A.A. concentration in Political Science

18 s.h. in political science.

Requirements for the minor in Political Science

18 s.h. in political science

Optional Concentrations

Follow the links for information on the concentrations/minors in International Relations and Public Administration.

Meet Kayla McLoughlin '18, a Political Science major with a minor in Legal Studies

Scott Khimani '18 Discusses his Experience as a Political Science Major

Program Faculty & Staff

Christopher Cronin, Associate Professor of Political Science

Dr. Christopher Cronin

Associate Professor of Political Science
(910) 630-7665
Kevin Hight, Adjunct Instructor of Political Science

Kevin Hight

Adjunct Instructor of Political Science
Boyd Parsons, Adjunct Instructor of Political Science

Boyd Parsons

Adjunct Instructor of Political Science
Gerald Seifert, Adjunct Instructor of Political Science

Gerald Seifert

Adjunct Instructor of Political Science
Frank Trapp, Professor of Political Science

Dr. Frank Trapp

Professor of Political Science
(910) 630-7070
Andrew Ziegler, Jr., Professor of Political Science; Director of the Tally Center for Leadership Development

Dr. Andrew Ziegler, Jr.

Chair, Political Science
(910) 630-7488


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