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  • Student/Faculty Research

    Our faculty members involve students in meaningful research, and students often serve as co-authors on published papers and articles in peer-reviewed journals. Current examples of faculty research with students include: the peace process in Colombia, N.C. voting rights laws, and patterns of jihadi violence in Kenya, among others.

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  • Policy Engagement

    Many faculty members play active roles in the policy world and bring that experience into their classrooms. Our professors have worked on Capitol Hill in both the Senate and House of Representatives, in a U.N. Peace Operation, on the National Security Council staff, in the Department of Defense, and at the U.S. Army War College.

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  • Davidson in Washington

    Since 1982, the department has offered students an opportunity to take on summer internships in Washington, D.C. while earning course credits. The program is a highly sought after experience for our majors, and for many serves as a gateway to full-time employment in the capital.

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  • Philanthropy Grant

    Students enrolled in POL 381 administer a $15,000 philanthropy grant and are responsible for all aspects, including determination of eligibility requirements, priorities and preferences, application procedures, and selection of grantee(s). The funding was made available through the generosity of the Learning by Giving Foundation.

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Political Science

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Box 7134
Davidson, NC 28035

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209 Ridge Road
Davidson, NC 28035

Political Science Department

The Political Science Department helps you develop a sophisticated understanding of political ideas, institutions, and behavior, as well as an ability to critically analyze public policy issues.

Political science has been an integral part of Davidson's curriculum since the college was founded in 1837, and the department continues to grow and flourish today. As far back as the college's founding, a senior-level course in political economy was part of the core curriculum, while aspects of what would become the discipline of political science were part of moral philosophy courses.

The department features a close-knit community and dedicated, intellectually engaged faculty members who are astute observers of national and international political systems. During the course of their careers department faculty have served congressional leaders, the U.N. Security Council, Department of Defense, as well as multiple sitting presidents.

Political science faculty are frequently quoted by national and international media and are regularly called upon as political analysts by news networks including CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, BBC and many others. The political science major is among the most popular majors at Davidson.