Ross  Sherman, Ph.D.

Ross Sherman, Ph.D.

"The biggest thing I like about teaching at Grand Valley is that you get to spend time with students, and not just in the classroom, but also in the laboratory." - Ross Sherman, Movement Science Department Read More

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Alpena Community College

Program Guide: Political Science

First Year

First Semester
ENG 111 or 121 3
MTH 121 4
Social Science elective 3
PLS 221 3
Elective 3
Second Semester
ENG 112 or 122 3
Humanities elective 3
Science Lab elective 4
MTH 223 4

Second Year

First Semester
Humanities elective 3
PLS 222 3
Science elective 4
Elective 3
Elective 3
Second Semester
Elective 3
PLS 228 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
U.S. Diversity elective 3


  • Degree offered: B.S., B.A. Students seeking a B.A. degree must demonstrate third semester proficiency in a foreign language.  MTH 223 is only required for students seeking a B.S. degree.
  • This guide fulfills the Michigan Transfer agreement (MTA).  Humanities electives must be selected from different disciplines.  Science electives must be selected from different disciplines.  Social science elective must be a non-PLS course.   Please check with your community college advisor for additional associate degree requirements.  GVSU will still honor the MACRAO agreement.
  • U.S. Diversity electives:  HST 221, HST 222, SOC 210, SOC 230
  • Students may want to consider transferring after one year.


Students majoring in political science find positions in a wide variety of fields - with a large percentage of persons employed in business. Other careers include government work in administration, foreign service, and specialized overseas assignments. There are also many positions in teaching, public action and interest groups.

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