College of Charleston Department of Political Science

The Department of Political Science was established at the College of Charleston in 1970. The Geography Program was established in 2007 and has three full time Geography faculty. Together, the Department of Political Science and the Geography Program have grown from a faculty of 5 to a faculty of 21, with additional adjunct faculty with special expertise in Geographic Information Science (GIS), history, the law, and political philosophy. We serve over 300 undergraduate majors, support two graduate programs (Master of Public Administration and Master of Environmental Studies), and numerous interdisciplinary programs (e.g. African Studies, Women and Gender Studies, Environmental Studies).


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Congratulations to our 2020 graduates! The entire department wishes you all the best as you begin your next adventure!

Our second Political Science HSS Scholar was Zainab Dossaji. Congratulations Zainab!

One of our Political Science HSS Scholars this year was Yuki Yamasaki. Congratulations Yuki!

This year's Outstanding Student in the Geography Minor went to Violet Sovine. Congratulations Violet!

Departmental Honors was also presented to Olivia Rothstein. Congratulations Olivia!

Departmental Honors was presented to Tripp Keeffe. Congratulations Tripp!

Political Science Senior Looks Forward to Her Next Campaign

Way to go Zainab! As the College of Charleston’s Class of 2020 crosses the finish line, The College Today will highlight how some of our graduating seniors spent their time at CofC, and what the future holds. “Nevertheless, she persisted." That three-word phrase quickly became the unofficial rallying cry used by ...

One of our Outstanding Students in the Political Science Major was Sarah Shtessel. Congratulations Sarah!

Another one of our Outstanding Students in the Political Science Major this year was Christopher Pavlinec. Congratulations Christopher!

Another one of our Outstanding Students this year was William Meis. Congratulations William!

What Became of Never Trump Republicans? - Niskanen Center

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Dr. Karyn Amira and Dr. Jordan Ragusa talking to the Niskanen Center about their research examining how strong Trump's support (legislatively) is among the GOP in Congress and what types of Republicans are more likely to vote against his preferences. Read the transcript of the audio. President Trump has consolidated Republican support in Congress and the wider party network, despite a lot of initial concerns. Whatever became of the Never Trump movement that arose in the 2016 campaign?

One of our Outstanding Students in the Political Science Major this year was Tripp Keeffe. Congratulations Tripp!

One of our Outstanding Students in the Political Science Major this year was Katya Caleca. Congratulations Katya!

The Pi Sigma Alpha Best Paper Award in Lower Division Courses went to Daniel Thompson. Congratulations Daniel!

Third Place in the Upper Division Pi Sigma Alpha Best Paper Contest went to Cookie Desai. Congratulations Cookie!

Second place in this year's Upper Division Pi Sigma Alpha Best Paper Contest went to James McHugh. Congratulations James!

First place in the Upper Division Pi Sigma Alpha Best Paper Award went to Patrick Wohlscheid. Congratulations Patrick!

Our Alyson and Grace Jameson Award went to James Ratliff. Congratulations James!

This year's Harper B. Keeler Award went to Charlotte Townsend. Congratulations Charlotte!

This year's Burnett Rhett Maybank Award went to Jasmine O'Neal. Congratulations Jasmine!

One of our Dengate Awards this year went to Jordan Mercer. Congratulations Jordan!

One of our Dengate Awards this year went to Jeremy Turner. Congratulations Jeremy!

One of our Dengate Awards this year went to Lilly Dutton. Congratulations Lilly!

This year's Freshman Dengate Award Recipient is Katie Hopewell. Congratulations Katie!

This year's William V. Moore Award went to Ryan Thompson. Congratulations Ryan!

CofC Political Science (@cofc_polisci) • Instagram photos and videos

The Political Science Department is excited to announce that we've joined Instagram and Twitter! Please give us a follow and share with your friends! Follow CofC Political Science's Instagram account to see all 2 of their photos and videos.

2020 Political Science HSS Scholar Yuki Yamasaki!

Each year we look forward to the end of the spring semester because it is a time to celebrate our very talented graduating seniors. Today’s featured award-winner is Yuki Yamasaki, HSS Scholar in political science. Yuki found inspiration in his political science professors and his study abroad experience. Read more about his undergraduate experience, research, and post-CofC plans here: Yuki, congrats again on your award! College of Charleston Department of Political Science CofClcwa CofC Asian Studies

2020 Political Science HSS Scholar Zainab Dossaji

Today we’re featuring Zainab Dossaji, HSS Scholar in Political Science. During her time at CofC, Zainab studied abroad three times and became very interested in human rights and social justice. She also gained internship and work experience and shared that, “working alongside community members to fight for justice and equality were some of the most rewarding aspects of my time as an undergraduate.” Read more about Zainab’s interests and plans for the future here: Congratulations on this award! We can’t wait to see where you go next, Zainab! College of Charleston Department of Political Science College of Charleston Department of English College of Charleston Student Government Association

2020 Political Science Virtual Awards Ceremony

Although we would have rathered celebrate all of our amazing 2019-2020 award winners in person, the Department has been working hard to put together a Virtual Awards Ceremony to honor each of our winners this year! Congratulations to each of you for your hard work and dedication!

A transcript of the video can be found here:

SAIL Awards 2020

One of our graduating political science majors, Olivia Rothstein, has been awarded the Ted Stern Cup Award. Congratulations Olivia! Check out the article below to see more about Olivia's amazing accomplishments in the virtual SAIL Awards Ceremony. Celebrate this year's SAIL Award Recipients

Innovation and Advice from Dr. McGinnis

Check out the video below to hear how Dr. McGinnis is adapting her classes to online instruction and for some great advice for students headed into final exams!

Online Learning and Tips for students

Check out this video to hear Dr. Amira share some of the ways she is keeping her online classes interesting and engaging!

Dr. Trochmann Shares How She's Adapting to Virtual Learning

Adapting in-person classes to fit our new virtual world is definitely a challenge, but our faculty have risen to the occasion! Check out the video below to hear what Dr. Trochmann has been doing to keep her online classes interesting and engaging.

Our final senior spotlight for this year is Tripp Keefe. Tripp is a political science major and an English minor, and will be attending the University of Georgia Law School next year on a full scholarship! Check out the photo to read why Tripp chose to major in political science. Want to learn more about being a political science major? Go to

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