Political Science Major

Study the theory and practice of government and politics at all levels.

Politics and policy connect to every part of society. You may find a career in government, business, law or journalism. A major in political science may prepare you for law school or graduate school.

Why study political science at the College of Charleston?

You will build a foundation in political science. You'll take classes in a variety of subfields. You'll end your studies with a seminar. You'll also have the opportunity to attend faculty-led study abroad trips.

What will I learn?

You'll gain analytical and communication skills. Learn how to conduct research and present your work. You'll develop skills in written and oral communication. You'll practice critical analysis and independent research.

View Curriculum: Political Science

Program Highlights

This program sets you up for a career or prepares you to pursue an advanced degree. The faculty and staff in our department are committed to your success, both as a student in Charleston and for life after college.
  • Hands-On Learning

    You have the flexibility to bring focus to your goals by choosing a concentration within the major.

    You may also add a double major or a minor.

    With political science, you'll develop an understanding of the science and develop practical skills. We offer opportunities to conduct independent research, engage in public discourse and participate in public life.

  • Internship Opportunities

    Take an internship for academic credit or for pay.

    Our students have interned in Charleston, Washington, D.C., throughout the U.S. and abroad. You may intern in fields like law, government, non-profit work and private business.

  • Study Abroad

    We co-sponsor a number of study abroad programs. You have the opportunity to gain international experience. Our faculty have led study abroad programs to locations like:
    • Morocco.
    • Cambodia.
    • Vietnam.
    • China.
    • Cuba.
    • Spain.

Careers & Outcomes

You will be prepared for careers in the private and public sector. You may also continue your studies in graduate school. Our students have gotten jobs in:
  • business.
  • law.
  • state, local and federal government.
  • communications and journalism.
  • finance.
  • political campaigns.
  • community organizing.
  • non-government organizations (NGO's).
  • education.

About the Minor

You will build a foundation in political science. This is a perfect minor for students who want to go into fields like law, psychology, scientific research, communications and more. You'll develop writing, analysis and critical thinking skills.

View Curriculum: Political Science Minor