Welcome to the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte

This website provides information and background material pertaining to faculty, staff, current and prospective students, and visitors. The political science department offers a bachelor of arts degree in political science, a master of public administration, and, in collaboration with other departments, a Ph.D. in Public Policy.  Using this website, you can review the degree requirements for the undergraduate program; access information about the Gerald G. Fox Master of Public Administration Program and the Ph.D. in Public Policy; get acquainted with the faculty, staff, and chair; and browse through useful information on advising, organizations, internships, and much more.

You may reach the main office at 704-687-5930 or visit us in Fretwell 440 Monday through Friday between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM.

Students Gain Skills with N.C. Student Legislature

UNC Charlotte students are learning research and debate skills through their participation in the North Carolina Student Legislature. Students participate in a model General Assembly and gain valuable insight into how the state engages in policymaking. They also learn to express their own beliefs and ideas with confidence.....

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MPA Program Builds Support, Wins Recognition

The Gerald G. Fox Master of Public Administration has earned national recognition, including being named the nation's second-best value MPA degree and ranking in the top 25% of public affairs programs by U.S. News & World Report. The program has worked to endow its longest-awarded scholarship, the Burkhalter-Rassel Scholarship, and welcomed Tom Barth as its new director....

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Students Learn About Election Process at National Conventions

Five UNC Charlotte students attended the two presidential nominating conventions this summer - one as an elected delegate and four through an academic program with The Washington Center. Four of the students are pursuing majors or minors in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, while the fifth is a finance major in the Belk College of Business....

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Lab Makes Linkages Through Research

As Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans in 2005, people worldwide converged around TVs to witness the devastation of an iconic city and government's response to the storm. This catastrophic, list-altering event served as a pivotal point in researcher Cherie Maestas' work. She has applied her research in the creation of her experimental lab POLS-LABat UNC Charlotte....

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Dr. Beth Whitaker Bank of America Teaching Award Finalist

Professor Beth Whitaker has been named as a finalist for the 2015 Bank of America Award for Teaching Excellence. This award honors outstanding teachers at UNC Charlotte and represents an example of the University's commitment to excellence in teaching. The five finalists for this year's award will be honored at a ceremony in September 2015 and the recipient will be...