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
121
The number of politics courses available at The Claremont Colleges.

Learning at Pomona

  • Zena Meyer
    A Growing Logistics Industry

    Zena Meyer '21 conducted research on the legal and environmental battles around a warehouse in Moreno Valley, and showed how these debates reflected issues of environmental justice, campaign spending and the growing logistics industry.

  • Ryan Levy
    Media Coverage of Terrorism

    Ryan Levy '20 studied biases in national news coverage on terrorist attacks, and how media are more likely to cover terrorist attacks occurring in the West compared to the rest of the world.

  • Adam Yang
    Using Demographic Data

    Adam Yang '20 used federal and state databases to compare the demographics of Texas and California and their impact on state-level policies.

  • Naomi Tilles
    Equality Legislation in Northern Ireland

    Naomi Tilles '22 used primary sources gathered at the Linen Hall Library in Belfast to explore the development of equality legislation in Northern Ireland.

Jesus Munoz
Jesus Muñoz ’20

In our Politics Department, we seek to understand what’s behind the veil of politics with a perspective that both historical and philosophical but also practical.

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.