Political Science Program


Political science is the study of governments, public policies, and political behavior. Political science uses both humanistic and scientific perspectives and skills to examine public power, social transformations, the nature of democracies, elections, public opinion, constitutions, technology and society, public policy, and similar issues. The Political Science program offers courses in the following fields: American Government, Criminal Justice, Public Policy and Administration, Political Theory, Research Methodology, and International Affairs.

Major & Minor Requirements

Political Science Major Requirements

Political Science Major – Completion of a minimum of 124 semester hours of University courses. Included in the 124 semester hours are 36 hours of political science courses and 12 hours in a Minor area. A minimum grade of “C” must be attained in the major courses.

Political Science Minor Requirements

Students desiring to Minor in Political Science must complete 18 semester hours in Political Science, including POLI 200 and 210.

  1. Students must complete at least 18 credits in Political Science courses (POLI).  (The minor is to be pursued in an area apart from the student’s major.)
  2. A minimum of 12 of the 18 minor credits must be in courses at the 200-level or above.
  3. A student must complete at least 24 hours of academic credits before declaring a minor, and must have a minimum GPA of 2.5
  4. A student may have not more than two minors.
  5. The minor will be printed on the transcript and not the diploma.

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Required Courses

  • POLI 150
  • POLI 200
  • POLI 210
  • POLI 333
  • POLI 334
  • POLI 340
  • POLI 440

Political Science Students are required to take 15 credit hours of Political Science Electives from any of the following:

  • POLI 400
  • POLI 410
  • POLI 415
  • POLI 420
  • POLI 430
  • POLI 440
  • POLI 444
  • POLI 445
  • POLI 446
  • POLI 447
  • POLI 448
  • POLI 460
  • POLI 499
  • POLI 504
  • POLI 505
  • POLI 541
  • POLI 541
  • POLI 543
  • POLI 544

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Career Development

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Student Organizations

Henry E. Frye Pre-Law Society

The purpose of this organization is to inform and prepare aspiring attorneys for careers in law. The name was chosen in recognition of Henry E. Frye, a graduate of N.C. A&T State University and the first African-American to serve as the Chief Justice for the North Carolina State Supreme Court

Model United Nations

The MUN is established to promote academic enrichment through the study of foreign societies and their participation in international affairs.

Political Science Society

The purpose of this organization is to support majors and other interested students in the academic and extracurricular exploration of government, politics, and society as related to the field of  Political Science.

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Faculty & Staff

Margaret Dudley

Adjunct Instructor
B.A., Howard University; J.D., Howard University

Justice Henry E. Frye

Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Criminal Justice
B.S. North Carolina A&T State University; J.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law

Maria Hicks

Adjunct Instructor
B.A. North Carolina A&T State University; MPA, University of North Carolina Greensboro

James Howerton

Adjunct Instructor
B.A., North Carolina A&T State University; M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Sarita D. Jackson

Assistant Professor
B.A, University of Southern California; M.A., Ph.D., Brown University

Samuel A. Moseley

Professor and Chairperson
B.A., North Carolina A&T State University; M.A., Ph.D., The Ohio State University

Derick Smith      

Adjunct Instructor
B.A., M.A.,  Fayetteville State University

James D. Steele  

Associate Professor
BA., Morgan State University; M.A., Ph.D., Atlanta University

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