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Political Science

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science
College(s): College of Arts and Sciences

Why Choose Political Science?

Political Science as an academic discipline historically developed from the interrelationships between political science and law. Today, political science is multi-disciplinary in both substance and methodology and borrows heavily from economics, sociology, psychology, business administration, social work and criminal justice. In this major you will take coursework in these related disciplines.

As a leading career-oriented institution, Ferris offers you valuable training not found elsewhere. Because of our strong technical programs, you can broaden your academic credentials to include coursework and training in numerous technological fields. The Political Science program at Ferris combines for you multi-disciplinary scholarship with practical training in government, business and technology.

Career Opportunities

Are you concerned with improving the quality of life in your local community, the state of Michigan, the nation? Do you like to work with people? A political science degree will open numerous career paths for you to make a difference.

As a graduate of Ferris with a bachelor of science degree in Political Science, you will have developed the intellectual and practical skills to find entry-level employment in federal, state, regional, and local governmental agencies. Numerous positions exist in the private sector for persons knowledgeable about government policy and procedures. Nonprofit community and social service organizations also will find your credentials appealing.

As a Ferris graduate, you will have the scholarly training necessary to enter graduate and professional programs in Political Science, public administration, the social sciences, management, public policy, social work, criminal justice, law or technology.

Admission Requirements

First year student admission is open to high school graduates (or equivalent) who demonstrate academic preparedness, maturity and seriousness of purpose with educational backgrounds appropriate to their chosen program of study. High school courses and grade point average, ACT composite score, and ACT reading and mathematics subscores will be considered in the admission and placement process. Transfer students must have at least 12 credits at the time of application with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA including an English and mathematics course, or they must provide their high school records and ACT scores for admission review.

General Education Requirements

All general University General Education requirements can be found here: http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/academics/gened/courses/GenEd-bachelor.pdf

Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives: https://wwws.ferris.edu/academics/gened/courses/

Graduation Requirements

The Political Science program at Ferris leads to a Bachelor of Science degree. Graduation requires a minimum 2.0 GPA and a minimum of 120 credits. Students must complete all general education requirements as outlined on the General Education website.

More Information

PROGRAM COORDINATOR: Dr. Richard Griffin 
PHONE: 231-591-2761
EMAIL:  

PROFESSIONAL ADVISOR: Dave Schrock
PHONE: 231-591-3705
EMAIL:  

Department of Social Sciences
Ferris State University
820 Campus Drive/ASC 2108
Big Rapids, MI 49307
Phone: 231-591-2735

Required Courses
Credit Hours

Major Courses - 69 Credit Minimum

Princ. of Financial Accounting
3
Fundamentals-Public Speaking
3
Principles of Macroeconomics
3
Principles of Microeconomics
3
Introduction to Ethics
3
Social Aspects of GIS
3
Managerial Leadership
3
Amer Gov 1-People and Politics
3
Amer Gov 2-Policy Making
3
Public Administration
3
American State-Local Govt
3
Urban-Regional Planning
3
Public Sector Labor Management
3
Local Govt Budget Analysis
3
Political Science Capstone
2
Political Science Internship
4
Introduction to Psychology
3
Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.
3
Applied Social Research Method
3
Choose One:
Intro Cultural Anthropology
3
or
Introductory Sociology
3
or
Social Problems
3
Choose Two:
US History to 1877
3
or
US History - 1877 to Present
3
or
American Business History
3
Choose One:
Social Psychology
3
or
Indust-Organizational Psych
3
Specialization - 15 Credits:
(Consult FSU Program Coordinator for proper course selection)
Students also choose a 15-credit specialization from one of the following areas:
Advertising
Communications
Criminal Justice
Economics and Business Administration
Grant Writing
Legal Studies
Marketing
Public Relations
Social Work
Television
Electives to achieve the minimum 120 credits (13 Credits must be from courses numbered 300 or higher. Recommended a choice from:
International Organizations
3
or
Comparative World Governments
3
or
International Politics
3

University General Education

Communication Competence - 12 Credits
English 1
3
Choose One:
English 2
3
or
Industrial and Career Writing
3
Choose One:
Advanced Composition
3
or
Proposal Writing
3
COMM achieved in major
Scientific Understanding - 7 Credits
 
Only approved Z courses may count toward this category (One must be a lab).
Quantitative Skills
This requirement can be fulfilled by ONE of the following options:
MATH 115 or higher OR
MATH 115 or higher proficiency OR
MATH ACT subtest score of 24 or higher.
Cultural Engrichment - 9 Credits
 
Achieved in the program major
Social Awareness - 9 Credits
 Achieved in the program major
Global Consciousness
 Complete one course fom the list of qualifying courses presented in the FSU catalog. This course may also count toward fulfilling the Cultural Enrichment or Social Awareness requirement. This requirement will be achieved in the program major IF the student selects PLSC 323, PLSC 331 or PLSC 341
 Race/Ethnicity/Gender 
This requirement is achieved in the major.