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 430

The Politics of Youth


This seminar examines contemporary youth political participation in the United States. We will consider the historical, social, and economic forces that influence the politics of young people and how these forces compare with the formative experiences of earlier…

POL 444



How is the nation constructed? How is nationalism used by different groups and for what purposes? What role does nationalism play in creating political rights or basis for exclusion? This seminar examines the complex relationship between the nation…

POL 241

Comparative Public Policy


This course explores how and why policies dealing with issues such as the economy, health care, and immigration differ across nations. We examine and contrast the influence of political ideas and ideologies, institutions, and organized interests in shaping…