About UNC Public Policy

At the start of the 2019-20 academic year, we have a full-time tenured, tenure-track and fixed-term faculty of 17. Our interdisciplinary faculty have their doctorates in economics, history, law, philosophy, public policy, political science, sociology and sociomedical science.

UNC Public Policy’s undergraduate enrollment has grown to approximately 593 majors, and we celebrated our largest graduating class of 150 students in May 2019. As of this past academic year (2018-19), Public Policy has taught a record of approximately 9000 credit hours or 3000 students.

Public Policy has grown from approximately 180 undergraduate majors and 43 minors (October 2009), to 593 undergraduate majors and 174 undergraduate minors (May 2019).  Public Policy continues to attract high quality students, as indicated by the various awards and recognitions received by the University. Since 2013, PLCY students have been recognized with Chancellor’s Awards including the John Johnston Parker, Jr. Medal for Unique Leadership in Student Government, the Gladys and Albert Coates Award, Howard W. Odum Award, the L. Richardson Preyer Award, the Joseph F. Patterson, Jr. and Alice M. Patterson International Leadership Award, the Edward Kidder Graham Award, the Jane Craige Gray Memorial Award, the E. Eugene Jackson Award, and the Robert B. House Distinguished Service Award. During the 2018-19 academic year, 21 of our undergraduate majors were inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Since 2013, Public Policy majors have won distinguished external awards, including the Luce Scholarship, the Fulbright Scholarship, the Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship and James C. Gaither Junior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

The graduate (Ph.D.) program has 30 students including 7 international students (representing Brazil, Netherlands, India, Tanzania, South Korea, Egypt, and China). In our graduate Ph.D. program, we currently have 4 Royster Fellows, the Graduate School’s flagship fellowship program.