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.
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
Learning at Pomona
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 “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.
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.
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.
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.
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.