Political science students learn to analyze political phenomena from the perspectives of the four major disciplinary subfields: political theory, American politics, comparative politics, and international relations.
Students who choose to major in political science pursue either a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.). A minor in political science is also offered.
Upon completion of the foundational requirements in the four subfields, students are afforded considerable latitude to choose among a wide range of upper-level course offerings in each subfield.
Graduates of the political science program may pursue careers in fields like:
“The Grand Valley State political science program offers classes with a wide range of subject matter, class format, and styles of teaching which allowed me to develop the skills necessary to succeed in both graduate studies and in my career. The program gave me a strong background in research, writing, and critical analysis. The political science department has an excellent reputation among graduate schools and employers throughout the Midwest, and that reputation continues to grow stronger each year.”