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Navin Bapat teaches "International Relations and World Politics" summer school class in 2019.

U.S. News rankings

Many of our graduate programs are highly ranked by U.S. News & World Report. Following are the recent rankings available for programs in the top 40 nationwide. (Not every program is ranked every year. Visit U.S. News for a complete list of rankings for UNC-Chapel Hill, including undergraduate and other category rankings.)

  • Biology – 33rd (tie)
  • Chemistry – 15th (tie)
    • Analytical – 2nd
    • Inorganic –10th
  • Computer Science – 25th (tie)
  • Economics – 36th (tie)
  • English – 20th (tie)
    • American Literature after 1865 – 13th (tie)
  • History – 11th (tie)
    • African American History – 10th (tie)
    • European History – 12th (tie)
    • Latin American History – 10th (tie)
    • Modern U.S. History – 7th (tie)
    • S. Colonial History – 8th (tie)
    • Women’s History – 9th (tie)
  • Mathematics – 34th (tie)
  • Political Science – 12th (tie)
    • American Politics – 11th (tie)
    • Comparative Politics – 15th
    • International Politics – 24th (tie)
    • Political Methodology – 18th (tie)
  • Psychology – 13th (tie)
    • Clinical Psychology – 2nd
  • Public Affairs – 19th (tie)**
    • Environmental Policy and Management – 14th (tie)
    • Public Policy Analysis – 26th (tie)
  • Sociology – 7th
    • Sociology of Population – 6th
    • Social Stratification – 12th
  • Statistics – 19th

**As part of the public affairs category, U.S. News ranks Carolina programs and specialty areas based in the UNC School of Government and the College of Arts & Sciences’ department of public policy.  The subspecialty rankings listed here are for department of public policy programs.

Other rankings

Some of our departments and programs have been highly ranked by other organizations. Here are some recent rankings.