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 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 290

Politics of Africa


Survey of contemporary political conflicts, development  and international relations of Sub-Saharan Africa.  Sub-field = International and Comparative

Satisfies a requirement in the Africana Studies major (Geographic Region: Africa).
Satisfies a requirement of the International Studies interdisciplinary minor.
Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought requirement.…

POL 452

Leaders versus Entrepreneurs


This course examines the characteristics of great leaders and successful entrepreneurs, and the roles they play in politics and society.  Building on insights from political science, economics, and psychology, students use different theories and concepts, such as social…