Your Future in Political Science

The Bachelor of Science in political science at Charleston Southern University seeks to develop students’ skills in critical thinking, interdisciplinary research and oral and written communication through political study and investigation. The political science program offers a wide selection of in-depth courses including American government, local and state government, international relations and Christian political thought. Gain knowledge which may translate into careers in law, journalism, government service, political consulting and public relations. Beginning with the junior year, students will have the option to serve as interns in governmental offices, law firms, and more.

CSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Daniel Fultz

Daniel D. Fultz

Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Political Science: a heart for what affects us all

Charleston Southern offers traditional classes covering the four main areas of the discipline (American Government, International Relations, Comparative Politics and Political Theory) and the opportunity to tailor major studies to your particular interest. Multiple internship opportunities in the local offices of state- and national-level politicians, nongovernmental organizations and law firms and credit in the major for participation in a competitive Washington Semester program are available.

As a Political Science major, you’ll take courses like…

  • American National Government
  • International Relations
  • State and Local Government
  • Political Parties and Public Opinions
  • Constitutional Law
  • Christian Political Thought 

Graduates are equipped for a variety of career paths.

  • Attorney
  • Legislative Staffer
  • Journalist
  • Government Service
  • Political Consultant
  • Public Relations Manager

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College of Humanities and Social Sciences

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences offers a wide variety of undergraduate academic majors to choose from including history, political science, English, music, communication studies, graphic design, criminal justice, psychology, sociology and Spanish. 

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Whitfield Center for Christian Leadership

The facility includes classrooms and conference space, including the Drew Conference Center, which accommodates 200, and faculty offices for the College of Christian Studies and College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Named for W. Floyd and Shirley Whitfield.

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Thurmond Center

The center houses the dining hall, Gold Room, a student lounge, the President’s Dining Room, the bookstore, offices for the dean of students, marketing and communication, development, business affairs, CSU online, a faculty suite of offices, the Career Center and the Student Success Center. A Chick-fil-A Express is located on the first floor. Named for J. Strom Thurmond.


I can honestly say that the political science department at Charleston Southern University gave me a topnotch education. My professors provided me with a strong foundation, which helped springboard my career from intern all the way to Regional Director in a U.S. Senator’s office. I highly recommend this program to any student thinking about studying political science.

Margaret Spaulding / political science, ’13Regional Director, Office of U.S. Senator Tim Scott

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