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Department of Politics and Geography

Greetings from the Chair


Welcome to the Department of Politics and Geography! Picture of Dr. Tankersley

Political science is a broad and diverse discipline that ranges from the most basic of philosophical debates (e.g., What is the best form of government? What does it mean to be a citizen?) to the most practical of applications (e.g., What’s the best policy for improving education in the United States? How should the U.S. approach relationships and negotiations with specific countries?).  Political science students study governments and political processes, public policies and political behavior, all in both the domestic and international context. 

Our department is dynamic and full of energetic faculty and students.  We are constantly striving to make our program even more relevant to our rapidly changing world.  In addition to a new Bachelor of Arts degree in Intelligence and National Security Studies, we have also added an Intelligence and Security Studies minor to our curriculum. This new minor complements our area studies minors in Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.  We have a Global Studies minor for those who would like to have a deeper understanding of the global political system. Finally, we are continuing to build our faculty expertise and course offerings in the areas of Geography and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). 

The mission of the Department of Politics and Geography is to enhance student understanding of the enduring questions of politics, and the institutions and political life of the U.S. and other regions and countries of the world. Students will gain knowledge of the constitutional foundation and institutional structure of American government; the philosophic tradition of Political Science; the organizational and managerial principles of the public sector; how the U.S. political system compares with other selected political systems; how the various international actors interact politically, diplomatically, economically and militarily; and the major methodological controversies and schools of thought within the discipline.

The most important skills a student can acquire during the college years are critical thinking, reading and writing. The capacity to read with comprehension and a critical eye and to write with clarity and precision are crucial for career advancement in almost any field. These are the skills that the liberal arts major is designed to promote, and the Political Science faculty at Coastal Carolina University is committed to promoting these skills.

Students successfully completing the undergraduate program in Political Science will be competitive for positions in the private and public sectors for which a general undergraduate baccalaureate degree is considered an entry level requirement. Students who complete the undergraduate program with a high degree of success will be prepared for graduate work in Political Science or law school. In recent years, Coastal Carolina University graduates in Political Science have been accepted to a variety of graduate and law schools across the country.

If you have any questions about our department, its programs, or its faculty, please contact us.  We would love to hear from you!

Dr. Holley Tankersley, Chair
Department of Politics and Geography
(843) 349 - 2949