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Political Science

Overview of Program

Students who major in Political Science can choose one of three program concentrations. 

The Pre-Law Concentration emphasizes course work appropriate for those who plan to attend law school upon completion of the undergraduate studies. 

The Public Policy Concentration emphasizes the interconnectedness of political science, policymaking, and specific policy areas. This concentration is appropriate for those who want to pursue positions working directly or indirectly with government. It is also appropriate for those who wish to continue their education with graduate studies in social sciences, such as Political Science, History, or Sociology. 

The Criminal Justice Concentration focuses on developing the skills needed to pursue careers in law enforcement, criminology, or corrections with a focus on those skills needed in management positions as well as graduate studies.  

Program Highlights

  • Program structure encourages students to double major within the program or in other fields, including the liberal arts and business.
  • Prestigious internship opportunities with local and state government agencies provide valuable field-work experience in the disciplines.
  • Opportunities to present student research at state, regional, and national meetings.
  • Students work with an experienced and engaged faculty who are published authors and have traveled widely and taught abroad.

Admission Requirements

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

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2300 MacCorkle Avenue, SE
Charleston, WV 25304
1-800-995-4682 (GO UC) 

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