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Department of Political Science

Student Spotlight


Political science major, Tripp Keeffe, is the new president of the Student Government Association at the College of Charleston. Read more about his journey in The College Today.

Message from the Chair


Gibbs Knotts, Department Chair (on sabbatical through December, 2018)
Welcome to the Department of Political Science. Whether you are interested in American campaigns and elections or international human rights, global climate change or criminal justice, foreign policy or urban planning, Chinese politics or the politics of Africa, intelligence gathering or health policy, local community groups or international development agencies, the Department of Political Science has the courses and extracurricular programming for you. The faculty and staff in our department are committed to your success, both as a student in Charleston and for life after college. Our department has a large and distinguished alumni network, as you can see from the profiles (below) which were featured in The College Today. More information can be found on the Alumni Corner of our website.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have and let us know how we can make your time at the College of Charleston even better! While I am on sabbatical, Dr. Claire Curtis  is the interim department chair and is ready to assist you. Our administrative office is open daily from 8 am-4pm and is located at 114 Wentworth Street, room 104. 

H.Gibbs Knotts
Department Chair


Alumni Profiles

Roland Cruickshank C'94 - President, United Methodist Hospital
Michelle Bloom C'13 - White House Intern
Jackson Ewing C'03 - Director of Asian Sustainability

Career Readiness Skills

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Daring to Care: Making Visible the Gendered Dynamics of Immigration Event
Posted on 31 October 2018 | 3:37 pm
To say that immigration is one of the hottest topics in American politics feels almost like an understatement. One can hardly open the news application on their phone or go on social media without seeing at least one article pertaining to the issue. Immigration policy concerns were heightened this summer, as President Trump enforced a […]
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Alumni Spotlight- Michael-Devereaux Louis Bertin, Executive Director of the South Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition
Posted on 30 October 2018 | 12:56 pm
While some students start their freshman year with a clear plan for their future, some find a passion during their time in college that shapes the whole trajectory of their life plans. For political science alum, Michael-Deveraux Louis Bertin ’16, a Health Policy class taught by Dr. Archie-Hudson in the fall semester of his senior […]
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