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Political Science

Nata;ie Davis in Class

Whether you’re up late watching returns on election night, watching regimes change halfway across the globe, or following the events at your local school board, political science links us to the political world we live in. It’s all about power: who has it, how they get it, and how they use it.

Here at Birmingham-Southern, we blend traditional classroom learning with hands-on tools like simulations, internships and research. You’ll develop the research skills you’ll need for whatever comes next, whether it's business, government, law school, or graduate work.

But that’s not all:

  • We take on a huge range of topics addressing the most pressing issues of our time, from human rights to political violence to civil rights and justice. We look closely at the role of the media in politics and study development and democratization around the globe.

  • Seniors usually take on a full-term research project and also conduct a public presentation of their scholarship. In addition, faculty and students work together each year to develop an annual statewide survey, which will teach you to analyze data and develop your communications skills

  • You can study abroad, with international Exploration-term classes on global media in Europe, service learning in Latin America, development in Southeast Asia, and more.

  • We offer internships in law, politics, government and the not-for-profit sector. Recent political science majors have held internships with the A+ Education Foundation in Montgomery, Ala.; Bread for the World in Washington, D.C.; the Clinton Global Initiative in New York; and Operation New Birmingham in Birmingham, Ala.


Faculty profile –Natalie DavisNatalie Davis

Our faculty don’t just teach, they do, and political scientist Natalie Davis is one of the best examples of that. Dr. Davis conducts political polls across the South, ran for the U.S. Senate herself, and is the go-to source for national media when it comes to Alabama politics. And her connections pay off by providing a steady stream of experts to talk to her classes in Southern politics, the media and democracy, and research methods. The day after the 2012 presidential election, she had one of the country’s top pollsters—one of her former students—discuss the results with her class via Skype.