History, Political Science and Public Affairs

Women's College

History (BA, Minor)

Political Science (BA, Minor)

Public Affairs (BA)

International Studies (Minor)

For students interested in Behavioral Studies and Human Inquiry, the History, Political Science, and Public Affairs Programs at Columbia College offer several different degree opportunities. Students can receive a degree in History, Political Science, or Public Affairs. They may also minor in History, International Studies, or Political Science. 
The study of history and political science helps students develop a meaningful perspective on human civilization and civic responsibility. Through strong academic preparation and practical application, the department strives to foster critical and inquiring minds, to deepen students’ appreciation of their heritage, to increase their understanding of their rights and responsibilities in public affairs, and to facilitate the quest for meaning in an active life. 
Students majoring in History, Political Science, or Public Affairs have the background for further graduate study or successful careers in a wide range of professions. Today graduates of our programs hold positions of leadership in government, education, business, law, and other professions. They make a difference–-so can you.




Recent Columbia College graduates hold various positions, including:

  • Attorney      
  • Legislative Assistant
  • Policy Analyst
  • Historian
  • Management Analyst
  • Teacher
  • Federal Agent
  • Paralegal
  • Victims Advocate


Higher Education

Students have gone on to graduate study programs in History, Public Policy, International Relations, Law, and Public Administration at top universities, including:

  • Charleston School of Law
  • Mercer University School of Law
  • College of Charleston           
  • Texas A&M University   
  • Columbia University                            
  • University of Delaware
  • Elon University School of Law
  • University of Maryland
  • Georgetown University
  • University of Minnesota


Student Experience

Student’s in Dr. Jones’ Women’s Leadership and Public Policy in South Carolina course, visited the State House and were able to meet and engage in conversation with Senator John Matthews and Representative Gilda Cobb-Hunter. Students also meet with Representative Bakari Sellers. Photos were taken by Dr. Jones.

Students visit the office of South Caroline Congressional Representative James Clyburn. 

In January 2014 Phi Alpha Theta, the history honor society, held its national conference at the Tamaya Resort near Albuquerque, New Mexico. Dr. Rubin and four Columbia College students attended (left to right:) Julianna Cobb (the Legend of CSS H.L. Hunley), Chloe Mattison (Nazi Propaganda Targeting Children), Vanessa Murtaugh (Death and Lies in the Jungle: Explaining American War Crimes in Vietnam), and Margaret Dewberry-Brown).