University of Charleston
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Political Science

  • duration

    4 Years

  • format


  • location



    Public Policy
    Criminal Justice

Program Overview

This program will prepare you for a successful career in the public or private sector, as well as for law and other graduate studies. Our Political Science degree is offered in three concentrations: Pre-Law, Public Policy, and Criminal Justice.

group of students sitting in WV House of Delegates seats in House of Delegates Chamber

Freshman applicants with a 2.5 or higher high school GPA and transfer students with a 2.0 or higher cumulative college GPA are eligible for general admission to UC and will gain direct entry into this program. Students may apply online or download the admissions application.


Program Highlights

  • We are located across the river from the state capitol building and the center of state government, providing opportunities for you to intern with federal offices and numerous interest groups.

  • Unique learning experiences and opportunities for civic engagement.

  • Focus your career goals by selecting one of three concentrations: Criminal Justice, Pre-Law, or Public Policy.

Program Outcomes

  • Job Opportunities

    • Business Professional
    • Elected Official
    • Attorney
    • Human Rights Advocate
    • Market Research Analyst
    • Political and Group Campaign Manager/Organizer
    • Public Administration
    • Community Leaderships
    • Teacher
  • In-Depth Learning

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

  • Prepared for Post-Graduate Programs

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

Meet the Faculty

Meet the Faculty

Kara Fisher
Kara Anne Fisher, Ph.D.

Instructor of Political Science