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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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Student Spotlight: Candidate for Charleston County Council- Joel Milliken
Posted on 17 October 2018 | 12:39 pm
Most college seniors are studying for the GRE, refining law school applications, or on the hunt for a post-grad job, but political science major Joel Milliken ‘19 has been spending his fall semester on the campaign trail as he seeks election for Charleston County Council. A James Island-native, Milliken is running in his home district […]
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Alumni Spotlight: Sara Hutchinson ’12, Founder and Director of Girls Write the World
Posted on 24 September 2018 | 11:08 am
In the heat of a Mississippi July, you’ll find College of Charleston political science alum, Sara Hutchinson ’12, surrounded by a group of kind, supportive and brave young women learning to express their experiences through the medium of poetry.  These women are participants in the annual Girls Write the World (GWTW) Summer Program, of which […]
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