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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 both short-term and long-term study abroad program in a variety of countries.
  • Students can also participate in the Model U.N., South Carolina Student Legislature, Mock Trial, and visit the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Students can work with the Institute for Leadership and Public Policy to get hands-on experience with survey and public opinion research and policy analysis research.
  • Minors are available in Asian Studies, Global Studies, Intelligence and Security Studies, Latin American Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), 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. Political Science majors develop skills that are applicable to many jobs and careers, from government and public service to journalism, business and management.

 

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
  American Polictical Parties   Comparative Politics
  American National Government   Public Policy
  Introduction to Political Theory   Public Administration
  The Scope of American Politics   Constitutional Law

For more information:

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