North Carolina Central University
1801 Fayetteville St.
Durham, NC 27707
The historic NCCU campus
Welcome to the Department of Political Science web site. The Department prepares students for careers in law, academia, government, business, journalism, and political work Most majors are interested in law school; however, an increasing number are also interested in pursing graduate degrees in political science, public policy, and international studies. In fact, several department graduates go on to dual or joint degree programs that allow them to pursue both law and graduate degrees in one structured program.
The department's pre-law program assists students with preparation for law school through academic advising, moot court participation, preparation for the LSAT, and facilitating contact with law schools. Political Science graduates have been admitted to law schools at North Carolina Central University, Duke, the University of North Carolina, Howard, Campbell, Tulane, Wake Forest, Cornell, University of Chicago, Florida, and many more. Moreover, political science majors have been accepted to many graduate schools including: North Carolina Central University, University of North Carolina, Duke, North Carolina State University, Howard, American, and McGill. Professionally, political science majors are, lawyers, judges, elected officials, businesspersons, journalists, academics, and government officials. Noted graduates include renowned attorney and sports agent, Butch Williams; political scientist Floyd Hayes; North Carolina Supreme Court Associate Justice, G. K. Butterfield, former state legislator and judge Toby Fitch.
The department places a great deal of emphasis on practical experience through internships and simulations. Such experiences provide invaluable preparation for careers and graduate and professional schools. Political Science students have been placed in internships with various law firms, the prestigious UNC Institute of Government and North Carolina Legislative Internships programs, various government agencies, interest groups, and political organizations. Moreover, political science students participate in various organizational or policy simulations, especially the model Arab League and the model United Nations. In the latter, NCCU students have done an excellent job representing the nations they have been assigned at the annual North Carolina Consortium for International and Intercultural Education Model United Nations, resulting in them winning the majority of individual and delegations awards. Importantly, several government agencies do extensive recruiting at such simulations.
The department plays a very important role in civic awareness and participation on campus and in the community. Through the Political Science Club, the department sponsors frequent political forums, panel discussions, and voter registration drives. Also, the department conducts several civic awareness seminars through its Institute for Civic Education, and it is engaged in a number of survey research projects.
The department offers a curriculum for the 21st century. As the global village constantly poses more daunting challenges, graduates of the NCCU Department of Political Science will be prepared to make significant contributions in the areas of law, public policy and government, international relations, education, and business to meet those challenges. You should be part of this.