We help our students better understand the institutions that shape and implement public policy — in our society and in an increasingly complex and independent world.
The Department of Political Science provides a concentrated study that combines excellent and rigorous classroom instruction with hands-on, experiential opportunities for learning.
We prepare our graduating majors to apply their political science training in a variety of ways and settings, whether continuing with graduate studies or law school or moving directly into meaningful employment in government and politics.
Our major and two minors include a separate track for students pursuing a teaching certification in political science or social studies.
- Political science major
- Political science minor
- Political science for a secondary teaching minor
Our courses provide a systematic understanding of government, political behavior, and political institutions at local, state, national and global levels.
The political science major provides a broad-based training for those who might wish to work in government or the private sector, pursue careers in law, teach political science or do graduate work in political science.
Political science students who supplement their study with appropriate electives in other disciplines may also be equipped for eventual careers in journalism, public relations, industry, small business, personnel administration and many more.
Political science graduates succeed in the world of government or politics and have limitless opportunities.
Our students pursue advanced degrees or establish careers in both public and private sectors. Political science alumni work in several fields, including:
- Law enforcement
- Non-profit organizations
- Public administration
- Peace Corps
About the School
Hope College is a private, Christian liberal arts college in Holland, Michigan. It opened in 1851 as the Pioneer School by Dutch immigrants four years after the community was first settled.