Department of Political Science

Department of Political Science

1940s

  • 1943 Department of History and Political Science established

1960s

  • 1965 Department of History, Department of Politics

    The Department of History and Political Science is divided into two departments - the Department of History and Department of Politics.

  • 1968 Ann B. Goodnight

    Ann B. Goodnight graduates with a bachelors degree in political science. She later became a businesswoman, philanthropist, and member of the UNC system Board of Governors.

1970s

  • 1972 "In a Black Perspective" published

    NC State publishes "In a Black Perspective." This pamphlet tallies the university's black community at nine professors and 222 students (out of a total 13,809), and lists courses focusing on black history and culture: two in Political Science and one on race relations in Sociology.

  • 1977 Department of Political Science

    The Department of Politics is renamed the Department of Political Science.

1980s

  • 1980 Department of Political Science and Public Administration

    The Department of Political Science is renamed the Department of Political Science and Public Administration.

  • 1987-1988 Kevin Howell

    Howell was the first African-American to serve as Student Body President. He was a political science major. After graduation, he eventually became the university's primary liaison with state and local governments. In 2016 he became the senior vice president for external affairs of the UNC System.

  • DefaultKevin Howell, 1988

2000s

  • 2006 Department of Political Science and Public Administration divides

    The Department of Political Science and Public Administration divides into two departments: Department of Political Science and the Department of Public Administration; these two departments comprise the School of Public and International Affairs (within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences)

  • 2006 School of Public and International Affairs

    The School of Public and International Affairs was established within CHASS, comprising the Department of Political Science, the Department of Public Administration, the International Studies masters program, and other initiatives.