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