The Political Science Department offers courses and seminars that cover political theory, various aspects of the American political system, government and politics in foreign countries, and international relations. 

Political science is one of the largest majors at Davidson College. The political science curriculum prepares students for a wide range of careers. Our alumni populate high-level positions in the government and in international organizations, are CEOs and innovative entrepreneurs in the private sector, and are leaders in the non-profit sector.

Courses You Might Take

POL 336

Politics & The Media


An assessment of the role mass media plays in American politics with emphasis on systematic as well as individual effects.

Satisfies a major or interdisciplinary minor requirement in Communication Studies.


POL 121

American Politics

Bullock, Crowder-Meyer, O'Geen, Roberts, Yesnowitz

Analysis of American political processes, institutions, and problems.

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought requirement.
Satisfies a requirement in the Communication Studies interdisciplinary major and minor.

Not open to juniors until drop-add; not open to seniors except…

POL 444



How is the nation constructed? How is nationalism used by different groups and for what purposes? What role does nationalism play in creating political rights or basis for exclusion? This seminar examines the complex relationship between the nation…