Welcome to the Department of Government & Justice Studies

Welcome to the Department of Government & Justice Studies (GJS), which is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Our department has more than thirty tenured and tenure-track faculty members, who contribute to our undergraduate and graduate degree programs in political science, criminal justice, and public administration. Our award-winning faculty are among the best the University of North Carolina system has to offer.

We strive to bring our cutting-edge research into the classroom and are commited to fostering high-quality interaction with students. Our goal is to prepare our graduates to be able to critically observe, analyze, and understand our complex world. We also have a large number of active and respected alumni. For example, our local government management programs are very highly regarded--approximately one-third of all North Carolina city and county managers are alumni of these programs.  Our alumni in criminal justice and political science provide valuable contacts for students seeking internships and for those who generally wish to network for future employment.