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Department of Political Science

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“Homelessness is a complex and thorny problem.” Those were the initial words of an editorial published in Charleston’s Post and Courier this spring. The editors might have added that, for Charleston, homelessness is also somewhat perplexing: How is it that a city so seemingly wealthy, whose citizens are obsessed with their residences, cannot find solutions for accommodating its neediest residents? That’s exactly what political science and philosophy double major Kirk McSwain ’16 was investigating in his bachelor’s essay. Read more of this article featured in the Summer Issue of the College of Charleston magazine.

Message from the Chair

Gibbs Knotts

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 your life after college.  Our department has a large and distinguished alumni network and you can see some of their profiles featured in The College Today below. Read more

Alumni Profiles

Michelle Bloom C'13 - White House Intern
Nicholas Glover C'05 - Business Expansion Leader
Caroline Horres C'12 - Political Risk Analyst
Michael Huberman C'10 - Development Coordinator for ESPN Films
Anna Meacham C'07 - Director of PR at J.McLaughlin
Matthew McClellan C'08 - Special Assistant U.S. Attorney
Hugh McDermott C'11 - Scheduler for First Lady Michelle Obama
Lauren Swing C'11 - Congressional Deputy Chief of Staff
Katie Tumbleston C'08 - CEO & Founder of NannyPod
Jasmine Twitty C'10 - Associate Judge

Career Readiness Skills

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Model UN Club Impresses at the Southern Regional Model United Nations Conference
Posted on 25 April 2017 | 9:53 am
The College of Charleston Model United Nations Club recently participated in the Southern Regional Model United Nations (SRMUN) Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina. The sixteen member team secured two awards – “Outstanding Position Paper Representing China” and “Honorable Delegation Representing China.” The awards are particularly impressive since this is the club’s second year as a […]
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Senior Reflects on Model African Union Experience
Posted on 7 April 2017 | 10:13 am
This past February, Dr. Chris Day’s Model African Union class participated in the 2017 National Model African Union Conference at Howard University in Washington, DC. Senior political science major Jacob Docalavich reflected on his experience. Model African Union, as well as Model UN (United Nations), Model ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations), and other […]
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Students Impress at William V. Moore Student Research Conference
Posted on 7 April 2017 | 8:24 am
The 7th annual William V. Moore Student Research Conference took place on Friday, March 31, in the College of Charleston’s Stern Student Center. The conference is an opportunity for advanced high school, undergraduate, and graduate students to present research on a variety of topics including international relations, comparative politics, American politics, and public policy. Approximately […]
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Alumni Offer Excellent Insight at Career Cafe Series Legal Luncheon
Posted on 6 April 2017 | 8:27 am
The Department of Political Science and the College’s Pre-Law Advising Program hosted the third luncheon in their Career Café Series on March 24. The event focused on legal sector career opportunities, and featured political science alumni participants Michael Bender (’00), Corporate Counsel at The InterTech Group, Inc.; Ronald “Les” Blankenship (’05), Deputy County Supervisor and […]
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