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Political Science at South Carolina

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

Our Office of Undergraduate Admissions provides the most current information on the application process so you can check the requirements based on your current status and find university scholarships.

 

Graduate Degrees

D  Ph.D. in Political Science

The College of Arts and Sciences offers a Ph.D. in political science. The doctoral program has produced many distinguished academics and public leaders, both nationally and abroad.

Graduate Director: Timothy Peterson, 803-777-2676, TPETERSO@mailbox.sc.edu
Program Contact: Debby Tiemeyer, 803-777-2676, tiemeyer@mailbox.sc.edu

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

Explore Our Graduate School 

The Graduate School administers the application process for all of the university's doctoral, master’s, certificate and dual degree programs. Take a look at what you will need to do before you apply.