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Department of Political Science

Student Spotlight

McSwain

“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
Jackson Ewing C'03 - Director of Asian Sustainability
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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News

Political Science Senior Creates Intentional and Unique Internship
Posted on 17 May 2017 | 12:51 pm
Brendan Geiling, a senior political science major and communication minor, wanted to gain experience in the emerging field of brand development so he contacted Charleston based Garden & Gun to see if they would be willing to host an intern. Geiling researched the magazine’s website, discovered that they had a team that specialized in his […]
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Junior Sarah Nesbit to Intern with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Summer Internship Program
Posted on 10 May 2017 | 9:03 am
Political Science major and African American Studies minor Sarah Nesbit will participate in the highly selective Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s (CBCF) Congressional Internship Program on Capitol Hill this summer. Offering three distinct internship programs, CBCF’s mission is to “prepare college students and young professionals to become principled leaders, skilled policy analysts, and informed advocates by […]
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Professor Knotts Receives College of Charleston Distinguished Research Award
Posted on 1 May 2017 | 12:17 pm
The Department of Political Science’s Dr. Gibbs Knotts received the 2017 Distinguished Research Award at the Celebration of Faculty ceremony on April 27. Established in 1977, the College of Charleston Distinguished Research Award recognizes one roster faculty member who has a significant research career and the award is based on the faculty member’s scholarly works […]
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Alumni Spotlight With Carmen Sessions Scott
Posted on 1 May 2017 | 9:41 am
After graduating from the College of Charleston as a political science major in 1996, Carmen Sessions Scott earned her law degree at the University of South Carolina in 1999. She is currently a pharmaceutical mass tort litigation attorney for Motley Rice LLC. She has shared her expertise with well-known media outlets including The Associated Press, […]
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