Department of Political Science
Welcome to the Department of Political Science at The Citadel. Our goal is to help students become critical thinkers and successful members of a global community.
As one of the largest and fasting growing departments at The Citadel, PSCI is home to about 286 active members of the Corps of Cadets, 17 graduate students, 7 full-time faculty members, one visiting Professor and two staff members. We are also proud to host The Citadel's West Chair Professor.
Our department offers academic majors in political science, and students may focus on subfields related to American government and politics, international politics and military affairs or pre-law and legal studies.
Majoring in political science affords students an opportunity to obtain a broad liberal arts education that enriches their lives and acquaints them with the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. The courses of study begin with a set of core courses to introduce students to the discipline. Students then have the opportunity to select from lists of specialized electives in their areas of concentration. Students are also encouraged to take courses in related disciplines, including anthropology, economics, history, psychology and sociology as well as general electives from other departments. As a central element of a liberal arts education, political science provides preparation for graduate education and for the pursuit of useful and satisfying careers.
While our faculty represents a wide variety of theoretical and methodological approaches, we share a strong interest in solving the puzzles of contemporary political life. In carrying out its teaching mission, the political science faculty is devoted to providing individualized attention aimed at encouraging students to enhance their critical-thinking and problem-solving skills while further honing real-life skills related to reading, writing, listening and speaking.
Our department encourages all of its cadet majors to undertake study abroad opportunities to broaden their horizons and learn about-and from-other cultures and customs in our globalized world. We also support students seeking internships and service-learning opportunities to gain preliminary real-world exposure and experience in their fields of expertise.
To learn more about us, please explore the links on this site or visit us in Capers Hall.