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Department of Political Science Chair's Message

Dear prospective student,

I would like to thank you for selecting the Department of Political Science at North Carolina Central University as the first-choice academic program to prepare you for a competitive education in political science and a career in the public and private sector.

The academic program in Political Science has been designed to provide you with the tools to perform in a highly competitive academic environment and the global work place. Students have the option to pursue academic concentrations in the following areas: Global Politics, Civic Engagement and Public Policy, and Political Theory- Law.  The Department has also developed a post graduate 3 + 2 Pathway; whereby, qualified students are enrolled in a graduate program of their choice in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (CBSS) at the beginning of their fourth year in the political science program.  

In addition, political science majors and non- degree seeking students are afforded the opportunity to customize and advance their educational experience at NCCU by seeking certifications in the following areas: Security Studies Certificate Program (SSCP), and Certification in Foreign Service Training (CFST).

The Department of Political Science is fortunate to have seasoned faculty that are dynamic and committed to scholarship. The faculty includes academic prize winners such as the Ford Foundation Fellowship, the Fulbright Fellowship, the Lawrence Dunbar Reddick Memorial Scholarship Award and the U.S. State Department Fellowship.

The Department in partnership with the Public Administration Program is also the editorial home for the second oldest African Studies Journal in North America, the Liberian Studies Journal (1969).

Since 2002, the Department has hosted national and international renowned scholars as the Dan Blue Endowed chair in Political Science. Past and Present Dan Blue chairs have focused on research and teaching in areas that are related to Global Politics, Public Policy, Black Identities, and the intersection of Hip-Hop and Politics.

The rich political science curriculum has continued to strength our student’s competitiveness in preparation for post graduate education in political science, public administration, Law and journalism; and a career in the public and private sector. To this end, we often celebrate the matriculation of our students in prestigious post graduate and law programs; and other professional pursuits nationally and globally.

Again, I welcome you the Department Political Science at NCCU!

Dr. Emmanuel O. Oritsejafor,
Professor of Political Economy & Public Policy

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