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

Political Science is the study of politics in its many forms, including law-making and criminal justice, war and international conflicts, protest movements and revolutions, campaigns and elections, political ideas and ideologies, and human rights. Our courses provide the tools to understand these phenomena, and they also develop skills in research, analysis, writing, critical thinking, and speaking.

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Students are admitted directly into this program.
Available as a minor.
Secondary education minor offered.
Teaching minor offered.

Program Overview

Students can choose a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. A minor and a teachable minor are also available.

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Why Study Political Science at Grand Valley?

  • Small class sizes ensure students get personal attention from expert, student-focused professors who are passionate about political science.
  • Students can study and intern for a semester or summer in Washington, DC, through our partnership with The Washington Center. Local internships are also available.
  • Students gain research, writing, speaking, critical thinking, and data analysis skills valued by graduate programs and employers.
  • Studying political science helps prepare students for success in a range of career fields, including nonprofit organizations, international affairs, law, business, education, advocacy groups, and in local, state, and national government.
  • We have a strong network of GVSU political science alumni across the country and around the world who are eager to help new graduates find opportunities.

Career Insights

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Location & Format

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

  • Face To Face


Students select courses from a wide range of offerings, including popular subjects such as:

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

Combined Degree Programs

Many GVSU undergraduate programs can be combined with an existing master’s degree program to save on tuition and get you into the workforce sooner. On average, you can save $8,500 by pursuing a combined degree and take up to four fewer courses than if earning the degrees separately.

Talk with an advisor about how you can build your combined degree from existing programs to further personalize your education and create your own niche area of expertise.


Hands-on learning and other fieldwork not only deepen your mastery of your discipline but also give you the edge employers seek. Visit our experience matters page to see the work GVSU students are doing in their co-ops and internships.

Admission Requirements

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For More Information

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

Admissions and Recruitment Office


“The supportive faculty, small classes, and internship opportunities developed a foundation for my future success. Through the Political Science major, I gained the research, writing, quantitative, and communication skills necessary to compete at the graduate level and in the workforce. The program also prepared me to be a more thoughtful and engaged citizen.”