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Welcome to the Department of Political Science at Clemson University. The department offers two undergraduate degrees, the Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) in Political Science, which include courses in American politics, comparative politics, international relations, political theory, public administration and public policy. Our courses foster original research and critical thinking through student participation and intensive faculty-student interactions. The department also offers two graduate degrees, including the Master’s in Public Administration and the Policy Studies Ph.D program.

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.

Prospective Students!!

Join us for a virtual information session with the academic advisor for Political Science majors. Learn more about each major, ways to get involved, research opportunities, study abroad, and more.

  • Monday, March 22 at 7:00 PM
  • Thursday, April 1 at 7:00 PM

NOTE: These events are intended for prospective, non-admitted students interested in Clemson University. If you have been admitted to Clemson, congratulations! You can find a schedule of events reserved for you through your admitted student portal. Refer to your admitted student information provided by the Admissions office for additional details.

Prospective students can register for an upcoming information session through the link below:

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Spotlight: Study Abroad In Belgrade

Students from two cultures find common ground, understanding

Study Abroad In BelgradeJanuary of 2016 marked the first semester-long Clemson study abroad trip to Belgrade, Serbia. Seven students from Clemson spent three and a half months studying at the University of Belgrade. As an alumna of the summer 2012 Balkan study abroad program and a current Fulbright ETA in Niš, Serbia (about three hours south of Belgrade), I was thrilled for the opportunity to initiate an academic exchange between my alma mater and students at the University of Niš. A grant from the U.S. Embassy in Serbia funded the exchange. Read More | NYT Article: 36 Hours in Belgrade | How You Can Study Abroad in Belgrade

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