Political Science | Winthrop University

Political Science

Bachelor of Arts

Do you want to know how the world really works? The Department of Political Science at Winthrop University devotes itself to the study of people, power, and politics in the state, the law, and society. Come join our award-winning faculty and students as we explore politics in South Carolina, the United States, and the world and learn how to truly make a difference and pursue a career that has an impact on our world! This program is not like any other in the state, the region, or even the nation. The Model United Nations Program, the Center for Public Opinion and Policy Research (CPOPR) and the Winthrop Poll, and the John C. West Forum on Politics and Policy not only allow for the development of real-world marketable skills and unique experiential learning opportunities, but also make the Winthrop University Department of Political Science stand out as a political science powerhouse.

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Potential Employers

Some of the graduates of this program have gone on to work for:

  • Americans for Prosperity
  • Ashurst
  • Bank of America
  • Beaufort County
  • Buffalo Niagara Partnership
  • City of Charlotte
  • City of Moline
  • Collaborative Solutions, LLC
  • Comporium
  • Domtar
  • Hirschbach
  • Interise
  • ITT Technical Institute
  • Jackrabbit Online Class Management Software
  • Jackson & Campbell, P.C.
  • March of Dimes
  • Palmetto GBA
  • The Joint Chiropractic

Career Paths

Graduates of this program have gone on to become:

  • Account Executive
  • Account Manager
  • Airport Operations Officer III
  • Associate General Counsel
  • Associate Vice President
  • Attorney
  • Board Chair
  • Category Manager
  • Chief Commercial Officer (CCO)
  • County Administrator
  • Director
  • General Manager
  • General Manager, EAM Corporation
  • Manager, Government Affairs and Economic Development
  • Partner
  • Project Manager
  • Sr. Content Strategist and Vice President
  • Sr. Vice President and General Counsel
  • State Director

Top Industries

Many of the graduates of this program find themselves working in:


  1. Higher Education
  2. Government Administration
  3. Financial Services
  4. Law Practice
  5. Hospital & Health Care
  6. Insurance
  7. Information Technology and Services
  8. Banking
  9. Nonprofit Organization Management
  10. Retail

Curriculum and Learning Opportunities

    The study of political science provides students with an understanding of politics, law, international relations, government and public administration. Recent graduates have gone to work for local, state, national and international organizations. A large percentage of our graduates go to graduate or law school.


    This program establishes a concentration of Pre-Law courses to prepare students for success in law school.


Why Winthrop?

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Small Classes and Strong Faculty

Learn from an award-winning team of faculty in classes that rarely reach more than 20 students per class.

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On-Campus Opportunities

Gain research experience and earn money on-campus at the Center for Public Opinion and Policy Research with the Winthrop Poll.

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Unique Learning Experiences

Learn marketable job skills through our Model UN that has combined participation of college and high school students since 1976.

Hear From Our Students and Faculty

Beyond Graduation

Summersby Okey

Summersby Okey
Political Science, Class of 2013

"My M.A. degree at Winthrop in political and civic engagement, coupled with my undergraduate degree in political science at Winthrop, have really helped me to see the value in civic engagement and being involved in one’s community! I learned how to be an engaged and effective citizen and to appreciate and understand other’s views. Those are skills that I will use for the rest of my life, and that will help me no matter what career I pursue. I think the political science professors at Winthrop are among some of the best, probably in the world. They go out of their way to make sure that every student is engaged and has their needs met. They seek out personal relationships with the students and are extremely well-informed in their subject areas. Every one of them is so passionate about what they teach, and that makes it fun to learn from them."