The Department of Political Science is a strong academic community with both undergraduate and graduate programs.

We offer the undergraduate major in political science, a Masters of Public Affairs (MPA) program, and two certificate programs – one in Nonprofit Management and one in Urban and Economic Development. We are committed to connecting to our students in ways that assist them in developing their intellectual and career aspirations.

Most of our courses are taught in sections of 40 or fewer students, we encourage our majors to be involved in student organizations in the department, and our undergraduate faculty advisors meet each semester individually with students as they plan their schedules.

Teaching Excellence Award

Dr. David Holian

Congratulations to Dr. David Holian for being selected to receive the senior faculty Teaching Excellence Award of the College of Arts and Sciences this year. This prestigious award is given annually to faculty by nomination to recognize dedication to our students and achieving success inside and outside the classroom.

Faculty Research:

Law Ideology and Collegiality

Susan Johnson

Professor Susan Johnson’s research focuses on judicial behavior in the United States and Canada. In her recent book on the nature of judicial behavior in the Supreme Court of Canada, Johnson and her co-authors use qualitative and quantitative research strategies to examine judicial decision making and to show...

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Candidate Character Traits

David Holian and Charles Prysby

Voter perceptions of the personal traits of presidential candidates are widely regarded to be important influences on the vote. Media pundits frequently explain the outcome of presidential elections in terms of the personal appeal of the candidates. Despite the emphasis on presidential character traits in the media, the scholarly investigation in this area is limited...

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Alumni Profile:

Lorrie Carey

Lorrie Carey '87

Lorrie Carey, '87, serves as a member of New Hampshire's House of Representatives, having been elected from her hometown in 2012. Lorrie completed an undergraduate degree in Theatre at UNCG in 1985 and graduated with her MPA in 1987. In May of 2013, Lorrie graduated from the online Nonprofit Management Certificate Program.

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