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Department of Political Science Chair's Message

Dear Prospective Student,

Thanks for checking out the Department of Political Science at North Carolina Central University!

NCCU is ranked among the top public historically black universities in the nation and our political science program is also one of the best, with eight full-time faculty members and more than 50 courses.

Internships and employment opportunities are additional benefits of earning your degree in the Research Triangle region of North Carolina – one of the most economically vibrant areas of the United States and home to the state capital. 

Instead of a one-size-fits-all political science degree, we offer three concentrations to prepare students for their career path of choice.  Our pre-law program is innovative and comprehensive and shares a pre-law club with the highly respected NCCU Law School.

Students seeking a concentration in Theory and Pre-law can also take advantage of a wide range of philosophy courses, especially in the area of African-American political thought. We also offer concentrations in Civic Engagement and Public Policy, serving as a gateway to NCCU’s graduate program in Public Administration.  Students can use this concentration as a pathway to careers in federal, state and local government or in community service. Our third concentration is in Global Politics and in the field of diplomacy.

Each year we place our graduates in law schools and graduate programs that are among the best in the nation.

If you are considering attending an HBCU, please note that the political science program at NCCU stands out among the other HBCU undergraduate schools, both in terms of its resources and its faculty.  If you are deciding between NCCU and a predominately white institution, I urge you to compare our curriculum and faculty to other institutions and then judge for yourself how deep their focus is on African-American politics compared to ours.

At NCCU, we are committed to producing agents of change.  We value participatory democracy and the principles of justice and equality.  We believe in empowering others to achieve their own dreams and to give voice to those who lack the resources to attain an NCCU education.

We offer our students an education that extends well beyond the classroom. The goal of our program is to assist you to earn a degree, and to go out into the world and be a leader in your community.   We invite you to join the many students who have graduated from our program and who are actively engaged in making our world a healthier and more just place.

Dr. Allan D. Cooper

Chair & Professor of Political Science

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