Our Political Science Program

Available in: Undergraduate College & Evening Undergraduate

Are you interested in American politics? International affairs? Critical issues such as public policy, globalization, terrorism, the environment, civil rights, political development, or foreign policy? Theories concerning the ideal government and how power and resources are allocated in society? Do you want to study these subjects and pursue a career based on them? If so, political science is the major for you. 

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Personalized Programs of Study to support and enhance your career goals.  Advisors will direct you towards minors and engaged learning experiences that will strengthen your candidacy for graduate or professional programs or employment.

Internships provide students with an opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge gained through their studies to a work setting.  Political Science majors are encouraged to take advantage of the many internship opportunities available in Columbia and Washington D.C.

Recent SC Internship Sites
  • City of Columbia – Mayor’s Office
  • Sexual Trauma Services
  • SC Attorney's General Office
  • SC State Legislature
  • Richland County Public Defender’s Office
  • SC Bar Association
Recent Washington D.C. Internship Sites
  • Amnesty International
  • White House
  • Senator Lindsey Graham
  • Congressman James Clyburn
  • Reading is Fundamental
  • Children’s Defense Fund

Career Opportunities

Our degree will prepare you to seek further graduate study or pursue a successful career in a wide range of professions. Today, graduates of our programs hold positions of leadership in government, political campaigns, journalism, business, education, business, the law, and other professions.

Recent Job Placements

  • Attorney, Thomson Reuters Corporation (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Legal Director, South Carolina Victim Assistance Network (Columbia, SC)
  • Labor Relations Manager, National Association of Government Employees (Cheverly, MD)
  • Foreign Affairs Officer, U.S. State Department (Washington, D.C.)
  • Public Information Officer, Berkeley County School District (Moncks Corner, SC)
  • Advocacy Director, Sexual Trauma Service (Columbia, SC)

Accepted into Graduate Programs

  • University of South Carolina School of Law
  • Boston University School of Law
  • Columbia University (Masters in International Affairs)
  • University of South Carolina (Masters in Public Administration)
  • University of Minnesota (Masters in Public Policy)
  • Charleston School of Law


Edward Sharkey, Associate Professor of Political Science
B.A., M.A., University of Montana; Ph.D., Northern Arizona University

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