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Welcome to the Department of Political Science at Clemson University. The department offers courses in American politics, comparative politics, international relations, political theory, public administration and public policy. Political Science majors have the option of earning either a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. Our courses foster original research and critical thinking through student participation and intensive faculty-student interactions.

Political science graduates have carved out successful careers working for major law firms; federal, state and local governments; various media outlets; businesses ranging from banking to real estate; nonprofit organizations; and political campaigns and organizations. Many of our alumni have attended leading graduate and law programs at universities including Harvard, Duke and Virginia.

Our faculty bring a wide range of scholarly expertise and methodological training to the classroom. They share a commitment to the pursuit of knowledge through both research and teaching. Frequently on call by the press, faculty members have been quoted in a host of media outlets, and several have practical political experience, serving as diplomats, advisors to governors and strategists for congressional and gubernatorial campaigns.

For more information regarding the Department of Political Science at Clemson University, please contact us at To contact the Department Chair Jeffrey Peake, please email or call (864) 656-4653.

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Professor Steven Miller named among nation’s top 40 under 40
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Congratulations to this year’s award winners from the Department of Political Science!
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Dr. Laura Olson Participates in Panel at the Brookings Institution: Faith, Values and the Economy.
On Thursday, July 18, Dr. Laura Olson participated in an enlightening panel at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC.  The […]

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Faculty Spotlight

Jeff Fine receives national recognition

Political Science’s Jeff Fine receives national recognitionJeff Fine, associate professor of political science, has received national recognition for his work with undergraduates in preparing them for graduate school or public affairs-related careers. A faculty member in the College of Business and Behavioral Science since 2005, Fine is the recipient of the 2016 Craig L. Brians Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research & Mentorship. The award is presented annually to a faculty member by the Political Science Education section of the American Political Science Association. › Read More

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