A political science major at Gardner-Webb University will allow you to explore political, social, and historical concepts and develop skills in analysis, research, writing, and communication.

Department of Social Sciences

Political Science

Your major in political science will prepare you for community-oriented careers whether in public life or behind the scenes. You will explore political, social, and historical concepts and develop skills in analysis, research, writing, and communication. Political science offers an excellent background for professions in law and law enforcement, education, journalism, civil society, community organizing, political commentary, and public service at the local, state, national, and international level.


Our Faculty members offer comprehensive expertise in a diverse array of fields including: international relations, conflict and peace building, non-governmental organizations, food security, conflict resolution, global development, social change, and more.


You’ll develop important skills in research, analysis, critical thinking, and effective writing and oral communication. You’ll also gain a deeper understanding of the political, social, historical, economic, and cultural forces influencing and changing American institutions and politics, public opinion, and more.


When you graduate, you’ll be prepared for great career opportunities in a wide range of fields: business, law, politics, public services, and not-for-profit organizations.


Gardner-Webb's Department of Social Sciences works to help students develop the intellectual skills to explore meaningful questions about politics, society and the human past, in an environment of comprehensive curiosity based on Christian values. We strive to educate students within a deeper understanding of the world we live in, both past and present, offering tools to affect positive change.


Study Abroad

Opportunities for study abroad will allow you to expand your learning outside of the classroom and across the globe. Previous study abroad opportunities have included Strasbourg and Berlin.


Model Arab League/ Model NATO

As a member of our Model Arab League or Model NATO teams, you’ll get to develop your critical thinking, public speaking, and debate skills in competitions against other schools.


Pre-Law/ Public Service Organization

The Department of Social Sciences is home to the pre-law/public service group which provides support for students who wish to pursue legal and public vocations. You’ll get to connect with and ask questions of local professionals.


College Democrats

The GWU College Democrats is a student-led organization promoting political involvement around progressive causes.


College Republicans

The GWU College Republicans organization promotes Republican values and helps students develop strong leadership abilities.



We will work with you individually to help you find an internship matching your own unique interests in order to expand your learning in a professional setting. Recent internship opportunities have taken students to work with legislators and government agencies in Washington, DC, and Raleigh; with district attorneys in Florida; on human rights campaigns in Chicago; as a religious lobbyist on Capitol Hill; and with non-governmental organizations in the United States, South Africa, and Europe. Students have also used The Washington Center for Academics and Internships and the Washington Program of Georgetown University to diversify their summer internship options.



Your degree in political science will help you contribute to your community in positive ways. You could pursue a career as an attorney, city planner, community organizer, congressional staffer, diplomat, educator, legislator, political analyst, political journalist, or public servant.



Many GWU political sciences alumni are now pursuing graduate study at institutions such as Virginia Tech and law school at universities like George Washington, George Mason, and UC Davis.


Dr. Michael Kuchinsky, Associate Professor of Political Science

Phone: (704) 406-3806

Email: mkuchinsky@gardner-webb.edu