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Political Science

Whether you want to explore issues facing the public officials who caucus in buildings just blocks from campus or master international relations, political science students receive broad exposure to the discipline while gaining an understanding about how politics, government and governance shape the world and its quality of citizenship. 

What to Expect

As a political science major, you will be selecting courses from fields such as American politics, comparative politics, international relations, public administration and policy, and political theory while also developing one or two individualized areas of interest.

You will learn how to research the answers to important questions related to politics, political values and public policy. You will benefit from a wide variety of course offerings and have the opportunity to complete a public service internship to gain hands-on experience.


Undergraduate Degree

B  B.A. in Political Science

The Department of Political Science in the College of Arts and Sciences is an intellectual community committed to the advancement of theoretical and practice knowledge about politics through the conduct and dissemination of research and through teaching within and beyond the classroom.

The following courses fulfill some of the course requirements for a bachelor's degree in political science:

  • American National Government
  • Controversies in World Politics
  • Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality
  • Comparative Politics
  • International Relations

Apply for Undergraduate Admission

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Graduate Degrees

Graduate Director: Timothy Peterson, 803-777-2676,
Program Contact: Debby Tiemeyer, 803-777-2676,

Graduate Director: Timothy Peterson, 803-777-2676,
Program Contact: Debby Tiemeyer, 803-777-2676,

Application information for this degree is available through The Graduate School.


Apply to Graduate School 

Learn more about The Graduate School, degree options and how to apply for admission to doctoral, master’s, certificate and combination degree programs at South Carolina.