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Political Science, B.A., B.S.

Political science students gain analytic, communication and research skills by studying American politics, comparative politics, international relations, and political theory.

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Program Overview

  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
  • Minor
  • Teachable Minor

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Why Study Political Science at Grand Valley?

  • Political science courses at Grand Valley are taught by expert, student-focused professors.
  • Students develop skills in critical thinking, research, data analysis, digital literacy, writing, and oral communication.
  • Small class sizes enable debates, simulations and real-world problem solving.
  • Students can study and work at an internship in Washington DC for a semester through our affiliation with The Washington Center.

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For More Information

Department of Political Science
1121 AuSable Hall
(616) 331-2320

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Location & Format

Undergraduate students in this major study at Grand Valley's Allendale Campus.

Format: Face To Face


A wide range of courses includes popular subjects like:

  • Congress & presidency
  • Constitutional law
  • Environmental policy
  • Human rights
  • International conflict
  • Model European Union
  • U.S. foreign policy

Career Options

Graduates of the political science program may pursue careers in fields like:

  • Business
  • Campaigns and elections
  • Criminal justice
  • Education
  • Government and policy
  • International affairs
  • Law


“The Grand Valley State University 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.”