Department of Political Science

Student Spotlight

  

Student Spotlight: Ryan Thompson

In Fall 2020, political science junior Ryan Thompson participated in the Washington Semester Internship Program (WSIP) through the University of South Carolina’s (USC) Honors College. The WSIP program “gives students in universities and colleges across the state of South Carolina the opportunity to spend a semester working and taking classes in D.C., gaining valuable experience while earning academic credit toward their degrees.”  For Ryan, this experience led to an internship with a congressional office in Washington, D.C. and a very memorable semester.

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Message from the Department Chair: Dr. Hollis France

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 extracurricularPhoto of Dr. Hollis France 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!

WE'VE MOVED!  Our offices are now located on the 2nd floor of the JC Long Building. At this time, we are open BY APPOINTMENT ONLY - NO DROP-INS ALLOWED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. Contact  Dr. France (franceh@cofc.edu) or Dr. Ragusa (ragusajm@cofc.edu) for an appointment.

 

 

 

Alumni Profiles

                                    

                                                     Are you Career Ready? Master these competencies for a successful transition into the workplace: critical thinking/problem solving; teamwork/collaboration; oral/written communication skills; career management; professionalism/work ethic; leadership; information technology application. Learn how a political science degree helps you develop these skills by going to https://polisci.cofc.edu/student-ops/are-you-career-ready.php

News

Student Spotlight: Ryan Thompson
Posted on 3 March 2021 | 2:02 pm
In Fall 2020, political science junior Ryan Thompson participated in the Washington Semester Internship Program (WSIP) through the University of South Carolina’s (USC) Honors College. The WSIP program “gives students in universities and colleges across the state of South Carolina the opportunity to spend a semester working and taking classes in D.C., gaining valuable experience […]
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Alumni Spotlight: Caroline Fowler Allen
Posted on 11 November 2020 | 12:51 pm
Caroline Fowler Allen graduated in 2008 with minors in African studies and geography.  In her first year at CofC, Caroline took a class with Dr. Chris Day, which inspired her to become a political science major.  The topic of the Rwandan genocide grabbed her interest that year and held her focus as she completed her […]
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Alumni Spotlight: Carmen Conley
Posted on 9 November 2020 | 11:51 am
Carmen Conley (’88) may not have been the top student in her first two years at CofC, but once she discovered her passion for political science, things started to click.  Dr. Jack Parsons (emeritus professor) had a lot to do with that.  He piqued Carmen’s interest in Africa and got her involved with the Model […]
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