Political Science

Political Science

What’s Unique about political science at UNCG?

  • Choice of electives: Students can specialize in American politics, law, international relations, comparative political systems, public policy, and administration.
  • Excellent and accessible faculty: Our graduating seniors regard our faculty as unusually strong in their subject materials, presentation styles, and accessibility outside of class.
  • Small class size: Our upper-level undergraduate classes average around 30 students.
  • Emphasis on research and writing: We believe that it is critical to develop strong research and writing skills for almost every career our graduates might pursue.

Academic clubs and organizations

  • Political Awareness Club: sponsors speakers and pizza and movie nights
  • Model United Nations Club: members participate in Model United Nations competitions
  • Pi Sigma Alpha (political science honor society)

Student opportunities

Career experiences through internships:

  • Internships in local government, state agencies, and nonprofit community organizations
  • State legislative internships (Raleigh, N.C.; Richmond, Va.)
  • Campaigns and elections internship class offered every other fall
  • Internship programs in Washington, D.C.
  • Washington Summer Study Session, offered every other summer for three weeks in Washington, D.C.
  • Undergraduate research assistantships to work with individual faculty or with the Center for Legislative Studies



  • Deputy director, Guilford County Board of Elections
  • Assistant to the Australian Trade Commission
  • District liaison, Congressman Brad Miller’s office
  • President of the United Way of High Point
  • Senior officer for U.S. Department of Justice
  • Program assistant, N.C. Environmental Defense Fund
  • High school social science teacher
  • Analyst, FBI, U.S. Interdepartmental Intelligence Task Force
  • Executive director, Alamance County Dispute Settlement and Youth Services


  • Law school
  • MPA/MPP (master of public affairs, administration, or public policy) programs
  • Ph.D. programs in political science, public policy, or public administration

Professional organizations and accreditation

  • Institute of Political Leadership (IOPL) is co-located with the department’s Center for Legislative Studies.
  • American Political Science Association (APSA)
  • The MPA program is accredited with the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).
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Political Science

324 Curry Building


Department Head:
Gregory E. McAvoy

Available Curriculum

B.A., B.A. with a Concentration in Pre-law

Political Science

M.P.A., Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management, Graduate Certificate in Urban and Economic Development

Common Interests

Adventure & Travel
Global Studies
Government & Politics
Human Behavior
Social Justice