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 348

Pol of Russia and East Europe


Comparative analysis of the political systems, political economies, and the post-communist trajectories of Russia and other former communist countries in Europe.

Satisfies a requirement in the Russian Studies major and minor.
Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought requirement.
Counts toward…

POL 161

Intro to Int'l 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 drop-add; not…

POL 180

Intro to Policy Analysis

C. Marsicano, Menkhaus, Murray

This course provides students with an introduction to the methods and theory related to policy analysis. Students will learn various forms of policy evaluation including decision analysis, risk analysis, cost-benefit analysis, and others. Policy topics…