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.

Faculty Research:

Carisa Showden

This book illustrates how the politics surrounding sex work shape individual and collective agency. Negotiating Sex Work rejects the divided framework that the selling of sexual acts is either legitimate work or a form of exploitation, instead offering diverse and compelling contributions that reframe these viewpoints...

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Alumni Profile:

Laura Merrell

Laura Merrell '03

Laura Merrel is a 2003 graduate of the Political Science Department. Throughout her undergraduate career at UNCG she was active in the Model United Nations, and has kept up her focus on international affairs since graduating. She remained active in the Southern Regional Model United Nations, serving in several capacities, including: Committee Director, Deputy Director-General...

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