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 242

West European Politics


This course is designed to introduce you to the politics of West European societies by comparing different paths to democracy, party systems, political cultures, and policy outcomes of a number of West European countries. The material covered here is divided in three parts…

POL 182

Intro to Research Methods

Bersch, Ceka, Crowder-Meyer, O'Geen, Toska

The framework of social science analysis, and the use of statistics for studying political problems. Topics range from research design and hypothesis testing to correlation and multiple regression.

Satisfies the Mathematical and Quantitative Thought requirement. 

POL 423

Politics of Reproduction


This seminar examines political and policy questions regarding reproductive politics such as contraception, access to abortion, eugenics, artificial reproductive technology, egg donation, sperm banking, stem cell technology, sex education and surrogacy.  The politics of reproduction touches on nearly all…