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Political Science


Description of the Major:

Political Science is a liberal arts major designed to introduce students to the enduring questions of politics and the institutions and political life of the United States and other regions and countries of the world. The discipline of Political Science is divided into different sub-fields:  political philosophy, American politics, comparative politics, international relations and public administration. Political Science majors may choose to concentrate in domestic politics or global politics.

The Student Experience:

  • Students can participate in a summer study abroad program in a variety of countries.
  • Students can also participate in the Model UN, South Carolina Student Legislature and Mock Trial.
  • The Constitutional Law course annually visits the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Minors are available in Asian Studies, Global Studies, Intelligence and Security Studies, Latin American Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, and Pre-Law.
  • A Political Science major is good preparation for law school as well as other graduate programs.  In recent years, Coastal Carolina University Political Science graduates have been accepted at a variety of prestigious graduate and law schools.


Beyond the Classroom:

Political Science majors are prepared for a variety of careers:

  • Government (public policy, city management, foreign service, intelligence, law enforcement)
  • Law (law firms, private practice, government)
  • Politics (legislative or executive, political parties)
  • Business (management, public relations)
  • Journalism (reporting, editing)
  • Education (public schools, colleges/universities)


Areas of Study

  Introduction to World Politics   International Relations
  Communication in Political Science   Comparative Politics
  American National Government   Terrorism and Political Violence
  Introduction to Political Theory   Public Administration
  The Scope of American Politics   The Essentials of Legal Studies

For more information:

  • Holley Tankersley, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Politics and Geography, 843-349-2949 or htankers@coastal.edu