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Opportunities for Students

CCU Students in our department have multiple opportunities to engage with mock political systems and experiential internships.

South Carolina Student Legislature

SCSL-NewThe South Carolina Student Legislature (SCSL) is a student-run mock legislature. Colleges and universities in the State of South Carolina send delegations to two annual sessions to debate bills and further their knowledge about parliamentary procedure and state government.

Make sure to enroll in POLI 440 - SCSL to receive credit.

For more information, contact Frederick Wood or Adam Chamberlain.

Model UN and Model EU‌

Model UN PhotoHere at CCU, you can participate in the Model United Nations or Model European Union, two great ‌programs which let students see how a global organization like the United Nations or European Union works. In Model UN, ‌teams of students from CCU and other universities participate in a competition to simulate a UN session and see how well each team can represent an assigned country. In Model EU, teams of students represent the European Union member states at the European Council Summit simulation. These are two excellent ways to learn more about the countries of the world and how they interact, and meet students from other universities.

Model EU PhotoTo receive credit for Model UN, POLI 431Q - Model UN. 

To receive credit for Model EU, enroll in POLI 342 EU Institutions and Policymaking, and POLI 430Q - Model European Union.

For more information, contact Richard Kilroy (Model UN) or Mariam Dekanozishvili (Model EU). 

Mock Trial

New Mock Trial PhotoDid you know that Coastal Carolina University has one of the two mock trial teams in South Carolina? Mock trial is an imitation trial program in which students participate in rehearsed trials to learn new skills and compete in national competitions.

The competition on the college circuit is governed by the American Mock Trial Association, and prepares students for not only competition at the law school level, but also for the actual practice of law.

We at CCU are very proud of our pre-law program, and are dedicated to seeing our graduates become effective attorneys no matter what career path they choose.

To receive credit for your Mock Trial participation, enroll in POLI 448 - Mock Trial.

For more information, contact Michael Julius.

Moot Court

Moot CourtMoot Court is an appellate court activity where students hone oral advocacy and legal reasoning skills by arguing a fictitious case before panels of judges in competitions against other colleges and universities around the country. Moot court can be fun and competitive, but it also equips students with essential skills that will prepare them for law school and the actual practice of law.

Competitions are governed by the American Moot Court association. Preparation takes place over the summer and early fall, while invitational and elimination tournaments take place during Fall semesters.

To receive credit for Moot Court participation, enroll in POLI 444Q – Moot Court

For More Information, contact Mikel Norris.

International Student Festival in Trondheim (ISFIT)

ISFIT-NewThe International Student Festival in Trondheim (ISFIT) is the world's largest student meeting which takes place in Norway every two years. This global event brings together students from every continent to discuss and debate challenging global issues. The event fosters cooperation and lifetime friendships among these students as they learn from each other. An invaluable part of this experience is the workshops that bring these students together in smaller groups to dialogue on diverse matters related to the theme of the festival. 

To receive credit for ISFIT, make sure to enroll in POLI 491 - ISFIT. 

For more information, please contact Richard Aidoo.

Semester in D.C.

The Semester in D.C. program is a semester long internship at the prestigious Washington Internship Institute, where students from the U.S. and abroad will receive a combination of hands-on experience and classroom experience. The topics of focus will be public service, leadership, and professional development.

For more information visit, Washington Internship Institute at CCU or

To enroll in the internship class, please contact Frederick Wood.

Analyst Boot Camp

The Analyst Boot Camp program is designed to develop advanced critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills specifically to meet the core competencies associated with working in Law Enforcement and Intelligence Communities. Students will study legal and ethical guidelines unique to the law enforcement and intelligence professions, and the essential nature of trust, self-discipline, and integrity in conduct.  In addition, students will learn and practice structured analytic techniques and methods, study intelligence community directives which define the standards required in published intelligence products.

For more information, visit

To enroll in the internship class, please contact Frederick Wood

National Intelligence Studies (NIS) in Washington, D.C. 
June 3-23, 2018

NIS_in_DC_Program_6-5-18The Intelligence and National Security Studies (INTEL) degree program will be offering a 3 week National Intelligence Studies (NIS) Study Away program in Washington, DC in June 2018. The program will expose CCU Intelligence and National Security Studies students to the National Intelligence Community, provide them an opportunity to visit selected National Intelligence Agencies, attend seminars conducted by intel-ligence and security professionals, and conduct research into current intelligence topics. Site visits will include some of the following agencies: Central Intelligence Agency (CIA); Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA); Director of National Intelligence (DNI); National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA); National Security Agency (NSA); The Pentagon (DoD); National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC); Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); and Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Students will also attend lectures and presentations by intelligence and national security experts from places such as: Georgetown University; George Washington University; George Mason University; National Defense University; Johns Hopkins University; and the Brookings Institution. During the weekends, students would be able to visit the na-tion’s capital buildings and museums, to include the Spy Museum.

The cost of the program covers student housing on Capitol Hill. Students are expected to pay for their own food and other personal expenses. Transportation will be provided. Students are required to enroll in POLI 491Q for three credit hours for Summer I. A $300 deposit is required by 1 December. The final $600 payment is due by 1 April. 

For more information, please contact Richard Kilroy, 843-349-6927.

Chanticleer Intelligence Brief

The Chanticleer Intelligence Brief (CIB) is an Intelligence and Analysis news outlet for Coastal Carolina students and staff. We provide in-depth summaries and analysis to help our reader understand more of the facts as well as possible ramifications of events and developments that are taking place around the world. The CIB was designed for students looking for more hands-on experience in the intelligence and analysis field. At the CIB, we give students the freedom and tools they need to research and analyze threats and situations all over the globe. The CIB gives students a variety of benefits, including:

  • Professional development
  • On-the-job-style training
  • Presentation skills
  • Learn to turn information into intelligence
  • Practice analytical techniques, develop regional familiarity

For more information, email TheChantIntelBrief@gmail.comvisit our page on Coastal Connections, or visit

Coastal National Security Club

Coastal National Security Club PhotoThe Coastal National Security Club is a student organization that, "emphasizes and promotes career-oriented discourse for students who wish to pursue professional opportunities in the intelligence community or related organizations. The NSC allows students to network with like-minded individuals to provide support and guidance through their undergraduate studies and beyond". 

For more information, please visit Coastal Connections or contact Jonathan Smith

Order of the Sword and Shield Honor Society

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‌‌The Order of the Sword and Shield is the national honor society for the protective security services, including intelligence studies, Homeland Security, and emergency management. Its mission is to promote scholarship in the associated academic disciplines, high ethical standards for security professionals, and national service. Membership in the Coastal Carolina Chapter is by invitation only. All inductees must have a 3.5 GPA, successfully complete at least half of the INSS program courses, and meet all of the requirements of Coastal Carolina University’s Honor Code.

For more information, please visit Coastal Connections or contact Jonathan Acuff

Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science)

Fall 2017 Pi Sigma Alpha Induction Ceremony

‌On October 31, 2017, the Phi Rho chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the political science honor society, inducted nine new members. We are happy to welcome Erin Martin, Daniel Kelleher, Ryan Case, Sarah Causey, Allie Sheet, Caitlin Jackson, Shadda Corwin, Pamela Pysmennyi, and Alexandria Putman into our chapter. 

Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society, was founded in 1920 at the University of Texas in Austin to encourage and recognize superior achievement in the study of government and politics at the undergraduate and graduate level. With chapters number well over 600, and with over 7,000 students joining its ranks each year, it is still the only recognized college honor society in the discipline and is now one of the largest constituent members of the Association of College Honor Societies.

The induction ceremony was preceded by speeches made by Suheir Daoud, Ph.D. the faculty advisor of the Phi Rho chapter, Adam Chamberlain, Ph.D., the Associate Chair of the Department of Politics at Coastal Carolina University, and Casey Mallon, the President of the Phi Rho chapter. The ceremony was then followed with a brief photo-shoot and refreshments. 

Congratulations to the newest members of Pi Sigma Alpha!

For more information, please visit Coastal Connections or contact Suheir Daoud.

Phi Alpha Delta (Law Fraternity)

Phi Alpha Delta Photo"The purpose of this Fraternity shall be to form a strong bond uniting students and teachers of the law with members of the Bench and Bar in a fraternal fellowship designed to advance the ideals of liberty and equal justice under law; to stimulate excellence in scholarship; to inspire the virtues of compassion and courage; to foster integrity and professional competence; to promote the welfare of its members; and to encourage their moral, intellectual, and cultural advancement; so that each member may enjoy a lifetime of honorable professional and public service."

There are no bars to entry, you need not be a particular major, year, or GPA (so long as you are in good standing with the University). 

For more information, please visit Coastal Connections or contact Mikel Norris.

Women in Intelligence and National Security

New WINS PhotoWomen in Intelligence and National Security is a student organization that, "aims to educate men and women about the importance of inclusion and diversity in the United States Intelligence Community through dialogue and constructive debate. WINS will work to empower its members by providing them with the necessary tools to develop leadership, team-building, and personal/professional networking skills. Members will be given the opportunity to establish connections between future intelligence professionals and current members of the United States Intelligence Community".

For more information, please visit Coastal Connections or contact Joseph Fitsanakis



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Fall 2017 Events

Constitution Day 2017 with Mary Matalin: Populism, Polemics and Polarization in 21st-Century Politics

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  • Wheelwright Auditorium (admission free, but ticket required)
  • Tickets will be available after Aug. 1, please contact or call 843-349-ARTS (2787)
  • Thursday, September 14, 5:00 p.m.

Fall 2016 Events 

The Department of Politics hosted a Constitution Day Lecture, “Great Migration and the Making of Modern America”, on September 16, 2016 with Dr. Marvin Overby, Middlebush Chair in Political Science at the University of Missouri.