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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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Alumni Spotlight with Johnnie Baxley
Posted on 20 April 2018 | 10:45 am
Johnnie Baxley C’92 is a partner at Willson, Jones, Carter & Baxley, P.A. After graduating from the College of Charleston with a B.A. in Political Science, Baxley attended the University of South Carolina School of Law. He currently lives and practices law in the Charleston area and is active on several boards of the College. […]
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Water Expert Gives Convocation of Majors Speech
Posted on 5 April 2018 | 12:10 pm
On March 29th, the Political Science Department hosted Dr. Peter Gleick, founder of the Pacific Institute for the Spring 2018 Convocation of Majors. Approximately 200 students, faculty, and community members were in attendance. The President of the Political Science Club, Mary Boyd Barefoot, gave opening remarks, followed by Department Chair Dr. Gibbs Knotts. Dr. John […]
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