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2017-2018 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog
Grand Valley State University
   
 
    
 
  Oct 19, 2017
 
2017-2018 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Political Science


Requirements for a Major in Political Science


Students seeking the B.A. or B.S. degree are required to take at least 36 credits in political science, including PLS 102, 103, 211, 231 or 232, 495, and seven additional courses, two of which must be in American politics, one in international relations, one in comparative politics, one in political thought (200-level or higher). Please see a list of elective courses by category as follows. At least four of these courses must be at the 300 level; independent studies, internships, PLS 300, PLS 350, and PLS 495 do not count toward the 300-level requirement. A total of no more than nine credits of internship and independent study may count toward the major, with no more than six credits in either category. Public Administration (PA) 307 may count as an American politics elective.

Students seeking a B.A. degree must demonstrate third-semester proficiency in a foreign language. Students seeking a B.S. degree must complete the following courses: STA 215, PLS 300, and PLS 350. When taken for the B.S. degree, PLS 300 and PLS 350 do not count toward the 36 required credits for the major.

Additional Required Courses for the B.S. Degree


Additional Required Courses for the B.A. Degree


  • Third-semester proficiency in a foreign language

Political Science Elective Courses by Category


Special Topics, Independent Study, Internship


Suggested Order of Coursework for a Major in Political Science


The flexibility in course selection makes it important for students to seek the advice of a faculty member in the department when choosing courses to fit their specific needs and interests. No sample curriculum will be appropriate for everyone, although these general guidelines should be helpful to nearly everyone. It is also assumed that some counseling will take place to match the curriculum with career plans. We strongly recommend study abroad and an internship. We also advise students to take elective courses in history, economics, and in other social science disciplines.

First Year


  • Basic skills as needed (WRT 150 and/or MTH 110)
  • One or two general education courses in Arts and/or Philosophy and Literature
  • One or two science general education courses
  • Electives or foreign language. Choose foreign language if choosing B.A. (see B.A. section)
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  • One general education social science course from another discipline

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Second Year


Third Year


  • Three or four political science courses at 200-300 level
  • Completion of general education courses
  • Electives
  • Political science internship
  • If choosing B.S. (and upon completion of STA 215 and PLS 300), take  

Fourth Year


Political Science Program Description


Political Science - Program Description