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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

career ready


Second Career Cafe Series Luncheon Focuses on the Nonprofit Sector
Posted on 30 September 2016 | 9:10 am
On October 14, 2016, the Department of Political Science will host its second Career Cafe Series luncheon for students. Political science alumni will discuss why they decided to pursue careers in the nonprofit sector and how the political science major has prepared them for their positions. The luncheon will take place from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in […]
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Career Cafe Series Offers Opportunity for Students to Learn from Alumni
Posted on 27 September 2016 | 11:45 am
A political science degree can open many doors. That was the theme that emerged as College of Charleston Political Science Department alumni shared how they navigated their careers after graduation during the Career Café Series Kickoff Luncheon on September 9, 2016. Alumni participants were Brady Quirk-Garvan (’08), Business Development Associate at Natural Investments: “Money With […]
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