Department of Political Science at Winthrop

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Political Science

What makes Political Science at Winthrop University UNIQUE?

Make A GiftAcademic Programs Offered:

— BA in Political Science
— BA in Social Studies Education in Department of Interdisciplinary Studies
— Minor in Political Science
— Concentration in Political and Civic Engagement in the Master of Liberal Arts Program

People By the Numbers:

— Faculty: 5 Tenured Full Professors; 2 Tenure-Track Assistant Professors; 4 Adjuncts
— Enrollment: 120 undergraduate majors; 30 undergraduate minors; 10 graduate students in MLA — PLCE concentration
— Strong faculty-student mentoring and undergraduate research opportunities
— Pre-Law Advisor: Dr. Adolphus Belk, Jr.
— Director of WMST: Dr. Jennifer Leigh Disney
— Director of Honors Program: Dr. Michael Lipscomb


Three Affiliated Programs That Make WU PLSC Stand Out:

Model United Nations (MUN) Program - offers experiential learning in international relations through the first combined high school/college MUN conference in the country - Dr. Chris Van Aller, Director
Center for Public Opinion and Policy Research - employs highly-trained student callers at $8.50/hour and up in telephone survey research methodology for the well-respected Winthrop Poll — Dr. Scott Huffmon, Director 
John C. West Forum on Politics and Policy — offers programs, cultural events, and activities to train the next generation of political and civic leaders in South Carolina —  Ms. Katarina Moyon, Director



Accomplished Students and Award-Winning Faculty:

Since 2000, we have among our PLSC Alumni more than 10 PhDs and more than 100 Law School and Graduate School graduates.
We have a nationally award-winning Mu Pi Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the Political Science Honor Society
— PLSC students have been successful with nationally competitive awards for graduate school and undergraduate opportunities, including 1 Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship, 5 Ralph Bunche Summer Institute Awards, 2 Truman Scholar Finalists, and the 1st Rhodes Scholar Finalist in Winthrop University history
— PLSC Faculty have collectively won numerous awards both on and off campus, including:
2 Kinard Awards for Excellence in Teaching - Dr. Adolphus Belk, Jr. and
Dr. Michael Lipscomb
4 Outstanding Junior Professor Awards - Dr. Adolphus Belk, Jr., Dr. Jennifer Leigh Disney, Dr. Scott Huffmon, and Dr. Karen Kedrowski;
4 Distinguished Professor Awards - Dr. Scott Huffmon, Dr. Karen Kedrowski, Dr. Stephen Smith, and Dr. Melford Wilson
2 DSU M. Cristina Grabiel Awards "For Caring Enough to Make the World A Better Place" - Dr. Adolphus Belk, Jr. and Dr. Jennifer Leigh Disney
3 National Science Foundation Awards - Dr. Scott Huffmon, Dr. Hye-Sung Kim, and Dr. Stephen Smith
1 American Political Science Association (APSA) Women and Politics Best Dissertation Award and Christian Bay Award for the Best New Political Science Paper presented at the APSA — Dr. Jennifer Leigh Disney
4 Fulbright Scholars - Dr. Scott Huffmon, Dr. Karen Kedrowski, Ms. Katarina Moyon, and Dr. Chris Van Aller


Our alumni achieve successful careers in local, state, and national government, international affairs, survey research, campaigns and elections, business, marketing, non-governmental organizations, and pursue advanced degrees, master's and doctoral studies in law, public administration, political science, and other fields. Please see the Alumni Employment (pdf - 337 KB) and Alumni Graduate/Law School Placements (pdf - 47 KB) from our last Alumni Survey.

Departmental Awards

The Political Science department offers several awards for our students: the Joe B. Lanford Scholarship, the William J. Blough Undergraduate Essay Contest, the Juree Capers Graduate School Award, and the Mary Jeanne Byrd Award. If you have any questions, contact the departmental program assistant, at 803/323-2209 or visit Scholarships and Awards for more information. 


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Last Updated: 3/27/20