About UNC Public Policy
At the start of the 20-21 academic year, we have a full-time faculty of 18. Our interdisciplinary faculty have their doctorates in business, economics, history, law, philosophy, public policy, political science, sociology and sociomedical science.
UNC Public Policy’s undergraduate enrollment has grown to approximately 600 majors, and we celebrated our largest graduating class of 147 students in May 2020.
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 2019-20 academic year, 22 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 28 students including 7 international students (representing India, Tanzania, Malawi, Costa Rica, South Korea, Egypt, and China). In our graduate Ph.D. program, we currently have 3 Royster Fellows, the Graduate School’s flagship fellowship program.