History, Political Science and International Programs Department

History, Political Science, and International Studies Program

As a student in history, political science or international studies, you will gain an understanding of diverse cultures, time periods, and political systems, learning effective skills in research, analysis, critical thinking and communication. Majors apply these skills to explore the problems facing the global community.

Contact Information

Gregory Vitarbo
Head, Department of History, International Studies, & Political Science
214 Joyner Hall
Phone: (919) 760-8089
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Featured Stories

Strong Story | Katelyn Smith

A love of learning about other cultures prompted Katelyn Smith to apply for the Fulbright Program. Read more »


Strong Story | Callie Davis

A double major in chemistry and history, honors student Callie Davis explored a range of interests at Meredith. Read more »


Strong Story | Jessica Feltner

Armed with her Meredith degree in history, Jessica Feltner, ’15, pursued a master’s degree in Asian Studies at UC-Berkeley. Read more »


Study in North Carolina’s Capital

Raleigh Skyline

Meredith’s location in North Carolina’s capital is ideal. Students can see state government in action, intern at historic sites and museums, and explore educational opportunities at international businesses in nearby Research Triangle Park. The program offers hands-on learning opportunities like the Model United Nations club and a voter registration project each election year.

The Meredith College Poll

College Polls

Administered by the Department of History and Political Science, The Meredith College Poll is part of the College's commitment to civic engagement. Students conduct this poll of registered N.C. voters each semester, and gain hands-on polling experience.

More about the poll

The Status of Women in N.C. Politics

NC State Capital Building

Status of Women in N.C. Politics

Meredith College has released a new report that examines The Status of Women in North Carolina Politics. The report covers the political offices held by women and offers solutions to improving women’s representation. The release of the report on The Status of Women in North Carolina Politics was part of Meredith’s weeklong focus on women in public service during which the College also released the results of its inaugural Meredith College Poll, focused on voter opinions about women in politics, and presented its 2015 Woman of Achievement Award to former North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Sarah Parker.


This report, released by Meredith College, found that in North Carolina, women make up more than 54% of registered voters, but hold less than 25% of elected and appointed offices. The report uses data about women as voters and elected leaders throughout the state to offer recommendations for improving women's underrepresentation in politics.

More about women in N.C. politics

Politics Aside: Women and the Vote

Equal Suffrage League

American women won the right to vote in 1920, but they were far from apolitical prior to ratification of the 1... more »


Civil Discourse

Civil Discourse

Integrity and intellectual freedom top the list of Meredith College’s seven core values. Students are expected to... more »