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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
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! 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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Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Annette Watson
Posted on 15 March 2019 | 12:15 pm
If you’re looking for geography professor Dr. Annette Watson, you’ll have to search anywhere from the salmon-filled Yukon River in Alaska to the banks of the marshy Stono River near Charleston. If you’re on campus you might find her in the political science building or over in SSMB where she fulfills her role as the […]
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Student Spotlight: Zainab Dossaji ’20
Posted on 28 February 2019 | 8:28 am
For political science major Zainab Dossaji ‘20, a major part of‘ the classroom’ has been the offices of the Department of Justice in Washington, DC, an elephant preserve in Cambodia, the city of Amman, Jordan, and the Harvard Kennedy School’s Public Policy Leadership Conference.  She credits the political science department with helping and encouraging her […]
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