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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

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Faculty Spotlight With Dr. Andy Felts
Posted on 14 March 2017 | 12:09 pm
This May Dr. Andy Felts will retire from teaching at College of Charleston. Professor Felts joined the Department of Political Science in 1989 and served for a decade as the Director of the Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Center for Public Affairs and Policy Studies. Dr. Felts earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in Political Science from The Pennsylvania […]
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Fifty Students to Present at Moore Student Research Conference on March 31
Posted on 13 March 2017 | 12:43 pm
The 7th annual William V. Moore Student Research Conference will take place on Friday, March 31 in the Stern Center. Student presentations are scheduled at 9:00-10:15 am, 10:30-11:45 am, and 12:00-1:15 pm. A list of panels can be found below. All are welcome to attend the presentations. 9:00-10:15 SESSION Panel 1: (SSC 409) Donald J. […]
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Moore Student Research Conference Accepting Applications
Posted on 20 January 2017 | 1:28 pm
The 2017 William Moore Student Research Conference will take place on Friday, March 31. Students interested in participating can apply at Applications are due Friday, February 17. The conference is an opportunity for advanced high school and undergraduate students to present research on a variety of topics, including Southern and South Carolina politics, civil […]
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Political Science Professors Discuss the Realities of Graduate School
Posted on 18 November 2016 | 9:19 am
Over the past six years, approximately 20 percent of senior political science majors indicated in their graduation surveys that they planned to pursue a graduate degree. To help students prepare for graduate school, the political science department offers an annual graduate school advising session. At this event, professors provide an overview of master’s and Ph.D. […]
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