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 283

Ethics & Policymaking

G. Bullock, Layman 

Nearly every question of policy is also a question of ethics. Whether the matter at hand is public policy or institutional policy, anyone faced with deciding how to manage a budget, prioritize certain projects, or distribute…

POL 361

U.S.-Latin American Relations

R. Crandall

This course traces the evolution of United States involvement in Latin America beginning with the War of 1898 and continuing through the present day. It focuses on recent US-Latin American issues such as the war on drugs…

POL 203

Medieval Political Theory

Ahrensdorf, Shaw

Major political thinkers of medieval Christianity, Islam, and Judaism.

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought requirement.