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Message from the 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. 

Please feel free to contact us with any questions about the department. Our administrative office is open daily from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and is located at 114 Wentworth Street, room 104. Dr. Claire Curtis ( is the Interim Department Chair while I am on sabbatical through December, 2018. 
H. Gibbs Knotts
Department Chair