Department of Political Science

Department of Political Science
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1940s

1943 Department of History and Political Science established

1960s

1965 Department of History and Political Science divided

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

1968 Ann B. Goodnight graduated

Ann B. Goodnight graduated with a bachelor's 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 published "In a Black Perspective." This pamphlet totaled the university's black community at nine professors and 222 students (out of a total 13,809). The publication listed courses focusing on black history and culture: two in Political Science and one on race relations in Sociology.

1977 Department of Politics renamed

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

1980s

1980 Department of Political Science renamed

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

1981 Caldwell Hall opened

Caldwell Hall, named for Chancellor John T. Caldwell, was designed by Edward Larrabee Barnes in collaboration with J. N. Pease. It originally housed the Dean's Offices of Humanities, the Department of Political Science, and the Japan Center.

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1987-1988 Student Body President Kevin Howell

Kevin Howell was the first African American to serve as Student Body President from 1987 to 1988. He was a political science major. After graduation, he 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.

Kevin Howell, 1988Kevin Howell, 1988

2000s

2006 Department of Political Science and Public Administration divided

The Department of Political Science and Public Administration divided into two departments: Department of Political Science and the Department of Public Administration. These two departments comprised the School of Public and International Affairs within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

2006 School of Public and International Affairs established

The School of Public and International Affairs was established within CHASS and included the Department of Political Science, the Department of Public Administration, the International Studies master's program, and other initiatives.