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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

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Alumni Spotlight with Brady Quirk-Garvan
Posted on 27 October 2016 | 3:24 pm
Brady Quirk-Garvan graduated from the College of Charleston as a political science major in 2008. He is currently a Business Development Associate at Natural Investments: Money With A Mission and Chairman of the Charleston Democratic Party. Our department had the fortunate opportunity to learn more about Brady’s successful career. What is your role as the […]
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Political Science Alumni Discuss Careers in the Nonprofit Sector
Posted on 27 October 2016 | 3:14 pm
The Department of Political Science hosted the second luncheon in their Career Café Series on October 14. The event focused on nonprofit sector career opportunities, and featured alumni participants Marijana Radic Boone (’01), Director of Advancement Services at College of Charleston; James Carroll (’12), Managing Director at The Islands Society; and Leah Cockerham (’14), Former […]
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