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Academic Programs

The Department of Politics at Coastal Carolina University offers degrees in both Political Science and in Intelligence and National Security Studies.

Majors

Political Science (Bachelor of Arts)

Political Science is a liberal arts major designed to introduce students to the enduring questions of politics and the institutions and political life of the United States and other regions and countries of the world. The discipline of Political Science is divided into different sub-fields: political philosophy, American politics, comparative politics, international relations and public administration. Political Science majors may choose to concentrate in domestic politics or global politics.

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Intelligence and National Security Studies (Bachelor of Arts)

The only program of its kind in the southeastern United States, CCU's program in Intelligence and National Security Studies is a multi-disciplinary program designed to prepare students for positions in security-related career fields that involve analysis, research, evaluation and planning of intelligence and policy matters. The program emphasizes a strong liberal arts perspective to develop abilities in critical thinking, problem solving, communication and cross-cultural understanding. 

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Minors

Global Studies Minor

The Global Studies minor offers students a rigorous and interdisciplinary approach to examine global issues, emphasizing the interactions and interconnections among the various global actors, peoples and their societies. The Global Studies Minor provides a well-rounded instruction, which will help prepare students for a variety of careers in international affairs or allow for specialization in a specific region or field of interest. The minor currently consists of seven main tracks made up of Asian, Latin American, Middle Eastern, African, European, Global Culture, and International Political Economy, which take into account the varied and growing interests in global affairs. It will prepare students for further graduate study in international studies, international business, peace and world order studies, area studies, and the emergent global civil society. The minor equips students with the knowledge and experiences to pursue careers and opportunities in the foreign services, international development work, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), inter-governmental organization i.e. United Nations (UN), European Union (EU), International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank, environmental organization, and security agencies.

Tracks Available: Asian Studies, Latin American Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, African Studies, European Studies, International Political Economy and Global Culture

See also: Global Experiences in the Arts and Humanities

Contact
Richard Aidoo
, Ph.D.
Assistan Dean/Associate Professor, Global Studies minor advisor
843-349-5035 | raidoo@coastal.edu

Intelligence and Security Studies Minor

A minor in Intelligence and Security Studies is designed to enable students to develop an understanding of the intelligence process, its effect on the policy-making process, and the legal and ethical considerations involved in the endeavor.

Contact
Frederick Wood,
Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Politics 
843-349-6594 | fwood@coastal.edu

Political Science Minor

The minor in political science is designed to allow students outside of the Department of Politics to specialize in courses that are relevant to their major. While a student from any major can minor in political science, this minor is especially well suited for business, communication, history and philosophy majors. The minor is structured to allow students considerable flexibility in choosing courses.

Contact
Frederick Wood
, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Politics
843-349-6594 | fwood@coastal.edu

Pre-law Minor

The pre-law minor is for students with an interest in attending law school after graduation or a career in the legal field. The interdisciplinary minor is designed to help students develop analytical skills that will be helpful for further study of the law. The minor also helps introduce students to some of the issues and concepts that are part of a legal education while reinforcing and further enhancing a broad training in the liberal arts.

Contact
Frederick Wood
, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Politics 
843-349-6594 | fwood@coastal.edu
or
Mikel Norris, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Politics
843-349-4033 | mnorris1@coastal.edu