University of Charleston

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.

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, PhD

Honors College Director
Assistant Professor of Political Science