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 140

Comparative Global Politics

Bersch, Menkhaus, Penar, Rigger

Introduction to the comparative study of political institutions, selected public policy challenges, and political trends in selected countries and regions around the world. Students are introduced to aspects of critical analysis and comparative methods as…

POL 334

Public Opinion


Formation, change and measurement of political attitudes.

Satisfies a major or interdisciplinary minor requirement in Communication Studies.

Satisfies Social-Scientific Thought requirement.

(Offered alternate years.)

POL 161

International Relations

Ceka, Toska

Global issues, foreign policy, and the structures and processes of conflict and cooperation in a dynamically changing world environment.

Satisfied the Social-Scientific Thought requirement.
Credit towards International Studies Interdisciplinary Minor.


Not open to juniors until…