The Political Science Department helps students develop a sophisticated understanding of political ideas, institutions, and behavior, as well as an ability to critically analyze public policy issues.
Political science has been an integral part of Davidson's curriculum since the college was founded in 1837, and the department continues to grow and flourish today. As far back as the college's founding, a senior level course in political economy was part of the core curriculum, while aspects of what would become the discipline of political science were part of moral philosophy courses.
The department features a close-knit community and dedicated, intellectually engaged faculty who are astute observers of national and international political systems. During the course of their careers department faculty have served congressional leaders, the U.N. Security Council, Department of Defense, as well as multiple sitting presidents.
Political science faculty are frequently quoted by national and international media and are regularly called upon as political analysts by news networks including CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, BBC and many others. The political science major is among the most popular majors at Davidson.