The undergraduate political science curriculum has two primary goals. First, it offers students a broad liberal arts education along with a comprehensive understanding of the nature and functioning of the political process. Second, it also provides a sound foundation for graduate study in political science, public administration and nonprofit management, or for careers that require knowledge of governance and the political process, such as law. With these objectives in mind, the department offers a range of electives, several writing and speaking intensive courses, undergraduate internship courses, service learning sections, and undergraduate research assistantships.
The departmental requirements for the major are:
At least 30 hours in political science courses including:
- These four courses:
- PSC 100 - American Politics
- PSC 240 - International System
- PSC 260 - Introduction to Comparative Politics
- PSC 301 - Research Methods
You should complete PSC 100 (American Politics) before you take 300-level courses. These four courses should be completed by the end of your sophomore year.
- An additional 18 hours, all of which must be at the 200-level, or above, and 15 hours all of which must be at the 300-level or above.
- Political science majors also must meet the General Education Curriculum (GEC) and the requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences. Consult the UNCG Bulletin for details.
Students interested in applying to law school will benefit from several courses related to law that are offered by a diverse political science faculty. Students may also declare a prelaw concentration as part of their major requirement of 30 hours.
The Prelaw concentration requires:
1. PSC 316 Judicial Process
2. Nine (9) semester hours from the following:
- PSC 280 Introduction to Law
- PSC 318 Constitutional Law
- PSC 320 Civil Liberties
- PSC 312 Environmental Law and Policy
- PSC 313 Natural Resources Law and Policy
- PSC 314 Wildlife Law and Policy
- PSC 326 Elections, Law and the Courts
- PSC 336 Women and the Law
- PSC 399 Public Affairs Internship*
- PSC 341 International Law
- PSC 516 Administrative Law
* "when approved by the department as an appropriate prelaw-related course."
Prelaw Planning Suggestions
- Information for Freshman, Sophomores, and Transfers
- Information for Juniors and Seniors
- Pre-Professional Program in Law at UNCG
- The Internship in Campaigns and Elections (PSC 331) places students as interns in election campaigns in the fall semesters of even-numbered years.
- The Public Affairs Internship (PSC 399) provides academic credit for students working in government agencies at the federal, state, and local level.
There are also extracurricular campus activities which may complement students' interests in politics and public affairs.
- The Model U.N. provides a forum for debating international issues and joining in a competition with students from other universities.
- Pi Sigma Alpha, the Political Science honor society, is open to qualified juniors and seniors. The Pi Sigma Alpha banquet is held every spring semester.
- The Political Awareness Club, (PAC) which is open to all UNCG students, offers activities, programs and speakers on national and international topics each semester.
- The Student Government Association deals with issues of campus policy and student life.