Explore the complex world of politics, investigating the ideas and institutions that affect our daily lives, society and global relations.

Major or minor in this provocative topic to explore fundamental issues that we face as human beings, from questions about our own roles as individual political actors to questions about political laws and institutions around the world to broad questions about power, values and public life.

Majors take eight general courses, including one course from each of the four subfields (political theory, American politics, comparative politics, international relations). Seniors complete a senior seminar and oral exam. Those who desire a greater depth in a particular area may opt for a subfield specialization and/or a year-long, two-course independent project resulting in a thesis.

Our close-knit Politics Department is active, often hosting speakers and gatherings for informal talks and lunches.

  • Professor David Menifee-Libey and a student on the Carnegie Hall steps
    Professor David Menefee-Libey and student on the Carnegie Hall steps
  • In class with Professor Pierre Englebert
    In class with Professor Pierre Englebert
  • In class with professors Susan McWilliams and John Seery
    In class with professors Susan McWilliams and John Seery
  • In class with Professor Heather Williams
    In class with Professor Heather Williams

What You'll Study

  • Classical and modern political theory
  • U.S. government and the Constitution
  •  U.S. foreign policy
  • Gender, race, class, power, justice, and human rights
  • Regional politics across the globe and comparative politics
The number of politics courses available at The Claremont Colleges.

Learning at Pomona

  • Pomona College Politics Research: The Politics of African-American Politics
    Exploring the Politics of African American Narratives

    Cameron Cook ’15 examined African American political thought through narrative, biography and art for a hypothetical course syllabus.

  • NBC studio. Creative Commons, Gareth Simpson, Flickr
    NBC “Meet the Press” Internship: Elizabeth Wilcox ’16

    Wilcox researched stories, wrote interview guides and helped producers while getting an insider's view of the negotiating and politicking that infuse the Beltway media.

  • Haiti Earthquake Refugees. Creative Commons, united nations development programme, flickr
    The 2010 Haiti Earthquake and the Dynamics of Refugee Policy

    Kian Vesteinsson ’17 examined state responses to migrants displaced from the 2010 Haiti earthquake to make a case for the reform of international refugee conventions.

  • Sricharitha Mullaguru ’15
    Internship in the Office of the U.S. Solicitor General

    Sricharitha Mullaguru ’15 assessed the Solicitor General's preparatory materials for recent landmark cases and attended various Supreme Court cases such as McCutcheon and Schuette.

Sricharitha Mullaguru ’15

The wide range of politics courses I've taken has exposed me to many modes of thinking and allowed me to engage with discussions regarding everything from major political theorists to race and class in America and more. It has widened my conception of what constitutes politics and political action.

Faculty & Teaching

Our Politics faculty hails from all over the world. They research and publish on areas that range from international human rights courts to green architecture to global democratization to education and civil society in Los Angeles.

Professor Heather Williams

The Politics major at Pomona College invites one to think about the very arrangements that make us who we are. Why do we want what we want? Why do we condemn what we condemn? Politics is about the ongoing human struggle over law, philosophy, geopolitics and social organization. If one fails in one’s lifetime to give thought to these issues, the world makes little sense.