• Political Science


    Why UC

    UC is located in the West Virginia’s capital city, across the river from the state capitol building and the center of state government, providing opportunities for you to intern, and/or to observe government in action.

    Focus on “real world” experience as part of our program.

    Internships are available with federal offices and numerous interest groups and law firms.

    Students are prepared for law school, graduate programs, and more.

    About Political Science

    Political Science is a challenging program designed to prepare you for a successful career in the public or private sector, as well as for law and other graduate studies. Our location in the state’s capital provides the opportunity for you to study government in action, and connect your academic studies to practical experience.

    The Political Science degree offers three concentrations: Pre-Law, Public Policy and Criminal Justice



    What You'll Learn

    You will be immersed in a comprehensive program that integrates traditional approaches with modern research techniques to prepare you for graduate student, law school, applied work in the disciplines and more. Every student in the program will complete an internship, providing hands on experience in the field.

    Coursework is designed to promote critical thinking and logic, and provides a focus on the actors and institutions of government and the complex relationships that exist among those who seek to influence the process.

    Political Science majors are encouraged to double major to expand their knowledge and marketability.

    Political Science  


    • Pre-Law Concentration

      Credits / Course / Title

      • POLS 230   Introduction to Political Philosophy
      • POLS 260   Judicial Branch Politics
      • POLS 280   Debating the Issues
      • POLS 314   Constitutional Law I
      • POLS 316   Constitutional Law II
      • 1 elective   200/300 level POLS course selected in conjunction with the student’s advisor

      18 Total Credits

    • Public Policy Concentration

      Credits / Course / Title

      • POLS 240   Legislative Branch Politics
      • POLS 250   Executive Branch Politics
      • POLS 270   Interest Group Politics
      • POLS 290   Ethical Dilemmas in Policymaking
      • POLS 314   Constitutional Law I
      • 1 elective   200/300 level POLS course selected in conjunction with the student’s advisor

      18 Total Credits

    • Criminal Justice Concentration

      Credits / Course / Title

      • CRJS 101   Introduction to Criminal Justice
      • POLS 260   Judicial Branch Politics
      • CRJS 256   Criminal Law
      • CRJS 260   Terrorism and Homeland Security
      • CRJS 242   Introduction to Law Enforcement
      • CRJS 231 OR POLS 314   Criminal Procedure OR Constitutional Law I

      18 Total Credits



    Admission Requirements

    Students must gain general admission to the University of Charleston. A visit to campus to meet with Admissions personnel and program faculty is strongly encouraged.

    West Virginia’s Capital  

    How Much Will it Cost Me?

    View our Tuition & Fees page for detailed information.


    Fact Sheet

    Download the Political Science Fact Sheet

    Find out more about this program by downloading our Fact Sheet – a brief view of what our program is all about.

    Curriculum & Course Catalog

    Download the Curriculum & Course Catalog

    Learn more about the course, curriculum, and graduation requirements.

    Job Opportunities

    • Business Professional
    • Elected Official
    • Attorney
    • Human Rights Advocate
    • Market research analyst
    • Political and Group Campaign Manager/Organizer
    • Public Administration
    • Non-profits and Community Leaderships
    • Teacher


    Program Faculty

    Bradford W. Deel
    Bradford W. Deel

    Program Director
    Assistant Professor

    Kara A. Fisher
    Kara A. Fisher

    Instructor of Political Science