/ Political Science

Degree Programs

Our major and two minors include a separate track for students pursuing a teaching certification in political science or social studies.

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Program Outcomes

Hope College students completing a political science degree will:

  • Demonstrate understanding of core concepts and theories of the discipline and its sub-fields
  • Propose and execute theoretically-driven research projects using both quantitative and qualitative methods of research
  • Think critically about the content of the discipline as well as integrating content/theoretical learning and applied experiences. 
  • Consider how a Christian worldview shapes their understanding of the discipline in its theoretical and applied forms
  • Articulate the meaning of engaged, responsible and informed citizenship across local, state, national and global contexts
  • Explore professional and career vocational opportunities in politics, government, civil society and industry