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Public Affairs, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Raleigh, NC, United States
Students majoring in political science with a Public Affairs concentration at Meredith College take an interdisciplinary program of study that combines government relations, media studies, issue management, corporate and social responsibility, information dissemination and strategic communication.
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Graduates are prepared for careers in businesses and organization influencing public policy, building and maintain a strong reputations and finding common ground with stakeholders.  Graduates complete the Public Affairs concentration at Meredith College having gained a theoretical and practical overview of the field, in part through a required internship in the public affairs domain. The concentration requires 36 credit hours, which include 24 hours of core curriculum and 12 hours of approved electives, at least sixof which must be political science courses.


Recent graduates are engaged in a range of professional and academic pursuits, including:

  • Security Studies Program, Georgetown University
  • Teacher, Wake County Public Schools
  • Project Assistant, Pharmaceutical Product Development
  • Drug Enforcement Administration
  • Triangle Chapter, American Red Cross
  • National Federation of Republican Women
  • McGuire Woods (lobbying and political consulting)
  • Assistant Director of Government Relations, Arc of North Carolina

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • American Political Systems
  • Law and Society
  • American Public Policy
  • Comparative Politics
  • International Politics
  • Political Ideas Seminar
  • Research Design and Methods
  • Political Science Internship
  • Honors Thesis in Political Studies

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • Complete fully and return the Meredith College application for admission, along with the $40 application fee.
  • Have the appropriate school official(s) forward an official copy of the secondary-school record, complete with a listing of courses taken, grades obtained, credit received and rank in class; college or university transcript(s) if the student has taken any advanced work
  • If the student’s native language or primary language of instruction is English, take the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) of The College Board.
  • Send a school official recommendation and an academic teacher recommendation.
  • Students who are submitting university transcripts must also provide an independent course-by-course evaluation

Tuition Fee

  • International

    39952 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 39952 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    39952 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 39952 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Raleigh

  • 1085 - 1860 USD/month
    Living Costs

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