An interest in politics, government or current events often leads students toward studying political science.

But this major is more than just the study of political structures—it’s a broad understanding of history and culture combined with discussion of current events and cutting-edge statistical analysis.

From small-town elections to global international relations, you will research, study and analyze some of the largest problems facing our society today: How does a society balance freedom and equality? Is it possible to reconcile individual desires with community needs? Coker’s political science program challenges you to address these broad theological questions and relate them to today’s political debates. You’ll learn to communicate effectively and defend your views through debate and discussion, preparing you for a volatile political environment and teaching you how to adapt and thrive with change.


At Coker, our discussion-based round-table learning philosophy actively develops your analytical and communication skills, teaching you how to think critically and ask purposeful questions. You don’t just absorb information; you interact with the coursework in a way that trains you to think on a higher level. As a Coker political science major, you will learn how to learn—and with internships and a capstone research project to prepare you for the professional world, you graduate with all the tools you need to build a successful career.


For a more detailed explanation of requirements, including course descriptions, download the Academic Catalog.

With a political science major, you will develop the communication and critical thinking skills required for success in a variety of fields. Some recent graduates have completed graduate degrees and are working in universities and in state and local governments. Many have completed law degrees and are attorneys in both government and private practice. Still others have found successful careers in business or with non-profit organizations.

For more information on potential career paths, click here.

Examples of alternate career paths you can follow with your political science degree:

  • Activist, Advocate/Organizer
  • Administration, Corporate, Government, Non-Profit, etc.
  • Archivist, Online Political Data
  • Budget Examiner or Analyst
  • Attorney
  • Banking Analyst or Executive
  • Campaign Operative
  • Career Counselor
  • CIA Analyst or Agent
  • City Planner
  • City Housing Administrator
  • Congressional Office/Committee Staffer
  • Coordinator of Federal or State Aid
  • Communications Director
  • Corporate Analyst
  • Corporate Public Affairs Advisor
  • Corporate Economist
  • Corporate Manager
  • Corporate Information Analyst
  • Corporate Adviser for Govt’l. Relations
  • Corporate Executive
  • Corporation Legislative Issues Manager
  • Customs Officer
  • Editor, Online Political Journal
  • Entrepreneur
  • Federal Government Analyst
  • Financial Consultant
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Foundation President
  • Free-lance writer
  • High School Government Teacher
  • Immigration Officer
  • Information Manager
  • Intelligence Officer
  • International Agency Officer
  • International Research Specialist
  • Issues Analyst, Corporate Social Policy Div.
  • Journalist
  • Juvenile Justice Specialist
  • Labor Relations Specialist
  • Legislative Analyst / Coordinator
  • Lobbyist
  • Management Analyst
  • Mediator
  • Plans and Review Officer, USIA
  • Policy Analyst
  • Political Commentator
  • Pollster
  • Public Affairs Research Analyst
  • Public Opinion Analyst
  • Publisher
  • Research Analyst
  • State Legislator
  • Survey Analyst
  • Systems Analyst
  • Teacher
  • University Administrator
  • University Professor
  • Urban Policy Planner
  • Web Content Editor