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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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Available as a minor.
Teaching minor offered.

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.

Location & Format

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

  • 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
  • U.S. political thought

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
  • Nonprofit organizations

Combined Degree Programs

This undergraduate degree can be combined with a master's degree to save you time and money, and get you into the workforce sooner. On average, students save $8,500 in our combined degree programs and take up to four fewer classes than if earning the degrees separately.

You can even build your own combined degree from programs in different disciplines to further personalize your education and meet specific career goals.

Admission Requirements

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

Admissions Office


"The Grand Valley State University political science program offers intellectually stimulating courses, through which I garnered the research, writing, and communication skills needed to be competitive for graduate school and in the workforce. My experience interning in Washington, DC through GVSU's affiliation with The Washington Center provided me invaluable real-world policy experience that greatly informed my career."