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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the political science office and when is it open?
How do I declare my major/minor?
What can I do with a degree in political science?
What are the political science major requirements?
If I want to go to law school, is a political science major a good choice?
If I can't remember who my advisor is or if I want to change my advisor, how can I?
Why is there a registration hold on my account?
Why am I unable to register for a political science course through My Charleston?
How do I get an override into a full political science course?
If I am dropped from a political science class for non-payment, will the political science department put me back in the class?
Do I have to take POLI 101,103/104,150 and 205 before taking other courses?
What do I have to do if I want to take a course at another institution or study abroad?
Can political science courses count toward the humanities credit?
How do I get in touch with the Charleston School of Law?

Where is the political science office and when is it open?
The political science department is primarily housed in two buildings. The main office is located at 114 Wentworth Street at the corner of Coming and Wentworth Street, Room 104. The other building is located next door at 26 Coming Street. The political science main office is open from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, Monday-Friday. For specific faculty office locations and hours, please visit the Faculty webpage.

How do I declare my major/minor?
To declare a major or minor in Political Science, log onto My Charleston and access the declaration application through the Academic Services tab.  You will receive an email from the Department of Political Science following the submission with additional instructions.

What can I do with a degree in political science?
Majoring in political science can qualify you for many different careers in the private and public sector including careers in business, law, consulting, state, local, and federal government, journalism, communications, international organizations, finance, political campaigns, interest groups, community service and non-government organizations (NGO's) and pre-college and college teaching. Some job titles include: Program Coordinator, Lobbyist, Resource Coordinator, State Representative, Law Clerk, Government Relations Specialist, Investor Relations Manager, Executive Director of a nonprofit, Staff Assistant to a Senator, Juvenile Probation Officer, Budget Analyst, Hospital Administrator, Professor, Volunteer Coordinator, Political Consultant, City Planner, Highway Patrol Officer, Foreign Service Officer etc. Please visit Other Opportunities for career ideas and the College of Charleston's Career Center website.

What are the political science major requirements?
The major in political science is designed to have a beginning that provides a foundation (the Core: POLI 101, 103 or 104, 150 and 205), a middle that provides both breadth and depth of study (the subfields and electives), and an end that provides an integrative experience (the senior capstone seminar, POLI 405). A minimum of 36 semester hours are required for a major in political science. Students should begin with the core and plan to complete the 12 hours in the core within the first 15 hours of political science coursework. All Political Science majors' coursework must include a minimum of one class (three credit hours) in each of the three subfields: American Politics and Process, Global Politics and Spaces, and the Politics of Ideas. The twelve credit hours of electives allow students to explore new topics or concentrate their study within a particular area. Finally, the senior capstone (taken within the final 9 hours of the major) is intended to provide a culminating experience. All Political Science majors must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours at the 300 level or above. For additional details, visit Catalog and Course Information for majors and minors.

If I want to go to law school, is a political science major a good choice?
The political science major offers coursework that will assist in the development of the skill set needed to succeed in law school and provides course offerings that might be of interest to someone on this path. Many graduates of the political science program have gone on to law school having learned how to read critically, think analytically, and write skillfully. In addition, you can declare a concentration in Politics, Philosophy and Law (PPLW) that allows you to focus attention on theoretical issues related to the law.  See the degree worksheet for requirements: Political Science major with concentration degree worksheet .  In addition those interested in pursuing a career in law that would like to advised by the College's Pre-Law Advisor, please contact Dr. Larry Krasnoff at Krasnoff@cofc.edu

If I can't remember who my advisor is or if I want to change my advisor, how can I?
Your advisor information can be found in Degree Works when you run your degree audit.  If you have trouble finding it, send request (include your SID number) to Kristin Wichmann. If you would like to change your advisor, contact Kristin Wichmann to request this change as well.

Why is there a registration hold on my account?
To ensure that political science majors meet with their advisors prior to registering for the upcoming semester, registration holds are put in place. Advising meetings provide students with a valuable opportunity to discuss their progress in the major as well as study abroad opportunities, graduate and law school options, internship interests and career plans. Twice a year faculty set aside two weeks to advise students prior to pre-registration, however you may make an appointment to speak with your advisor any time you have questions.

Why am I unable to register for a political science course through My Charleston?
Several political science courses require the permission of the instructor, chair or require prerequisites that would prevent you from registering for a course on My Charleston. Here are some of the courses that have these types of restrictions: POLI 119:Advanced Mock Trial, POLI 266, POLI 400, POLI 401, POLI 402, POLI 405, and POLI 499. Refer to the Undergraduate Course Catalog's Course Descriptions.

How do I get an override into a full political science course?
The political science department does not offer overrides into full political science classes because of classroom space constraints.  Students trying to get into a class are encouraged to watch enrollments during the Drop/Add period to secure a seat in a class or to choose an alternate political science course that has availability.

If I am dropped from a political science class for non-payment, will the political science department put me back in the class?
If you are dropped duirng the drop/add period, you will need to register via My Charleston again as soon as possible if space is still available in the class.  Re-registering will trigger a new bill which you should pay immediately. If you are dropped after the drop/add period, you will need to get proof of payment from the Bursar's Office and then bring it to the department. The Chair or Associate Chair will be able to add you back into the class.

Please Note:  For classes that require enrollment through the department (POLI 119: Advanced Mock Trial, POLI 266, POLI 402 and POLI 405), you need to see the Chair.

Do I have to take these required major courses POLI 101,103/104,150 and 205 before taking other political science courses?
Political science faculty strongly encourage you to do so, although it is not absolutely required. For classes that do not have prerequisites you may elect to take other courses concurrently as you complete the required course series.

What do I have to do if I want to take a course at another institution or study abroad?
Coursework at another institution: Appropriate forms must be completed which are available at the College of Charleston Registrar's website. Please contact Associate Chair, Dr. Claire Curtis, at 843-953-6510 or at CurtisC@cofc.edu to schedule an appointment.

Study abroad: You need to contact the Center for International Education. If interested in receiving credit for political science coursework taken abroad, you will need to provide a description of each proposed course and the "Coursework Elsewhere Form" (green sheet available in the Center for International Education) to the Associate Department Chair, Dr. Claire Curtis for consideration. Please contact Dr. Curtis at 843.953.6510 or at curtisc@cofc.edu to schedule an appointment.

Can political science courses count toward humanities credit?
Political science is a social science; therefore, political science courses cannot count toward humanities credit.

How do I get in touch with the Charleston School of Law?
The Charleston School of Law is not affiliated with the Political Science program at the College of Charleston. To contact the Charleston School of Law please call 843-329-1000.