Political Science (B.A. degree)

At Columbia College, the study of political science helps students develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes they need to be engaged citizens and responsible leaders. We emphasize the importance of academic rigor but recognize that many of the best learning opportunities take place outside of the traditional classroom. The division strives to foster critical and inquiring minds, to deepen students’ appreciation of their heritage, to increase their understanding of their rights and responsibilities and to facilitate the quest for meaning in an active life.

Students majoring in Political Science 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, the law, and other professions. They make a difference – so can you!


Students from Columbia College have the opportunity to intern in Washington D.C. and have done so with the White House, Department of Defense, Department of Justice, National Organization of Women and various offices of Senators and Congressmen. Students have also completed their internships locally with the S.C. Department of Education, S.C. Democratic Party, S.C. Republican Party, and S.C. State Museum. Several have been invited to return as permanent employees after graduation.

What Can You Do With a B.A. in Political Science?

Majoring in political science can qualify you for many different careers in private, for profit, and non-profit organizations, as well as the public sector. Graduates can pursue careers in

  • law
  • consulting
  • research
  • business and finance
  • state, local, and federal government
  • campaign management
  • journalism and communications
  • community service and advocacy
  • non-profit organizations
  • teaching

Students have also 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
  • USC School of Law
  • Texas A&M University
  • Columbia University
  • American University
  • Elon University School of Law
  • University of Maryland
  • Georgetown University
  • University of Minnesota
  • George Mason University
  • University of Georgia

Student Experience

Students in Dr. Sharon Jones’ Women’s Leadership and Public Policy in South Carolina course visited the South Carolina State House where they met and engaged in conversation with Senator John Matthews and Representative Gilda Cobb-Hunter. Students also met with Representative Bakari Sellers. Photos taken by Dr. Jones.


Students visit the office of South Carolina Congressional Representative James Clyburn


Dr. Edward Sharkey, Political Science Program Coordinator
Wil Lou Gray 110
phone: 803-786-3807
email: esharkey@nullcolumbiasc.edu