Political Science

The Study of Power and Who Gets What, When and How

Political science is a social science discipline that deals with systems of government and the analysis of political activity and political behavior. It deals extensively with the theory and practice of politics which is commonly thought of as the determining of the distribution of power and resources.

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.

What Will I Study?

In political science you will study a wide variety of interesting ideas and concepts in numerous courses. Included, though not limited to only these, are American national government, political parties, public administration, state and local government, American constitutional law, international organization, comparative world governments, international relations, urban and regional planning, public-sector labor management, and local government budget analysis.

You will also complete the political science capstone course and a major internship with a public or appropriate private agency. Students intending to attend law school are encouraged to complete their internship with a practicing attorney.

Why Choose This Program?

The Ferris State University political science major is very unique in that it blends traditional topics of the discipline with several courses designed specifically for the study of public administration. Public administration merges the interrelationships among, politics, government, and the law. This is what makes the Ferris political science degree so unique. It prepares its graduates for careers in government, administration, and the law.

Student Testimonials

"I received a solid understanding of the world of local government through a well-rounded curriculum and internships. The professors gave freely of their time and encouraged me to be involved in campus activities."
Adam Umbrasas, Village Manager, Village of Kingsley, Michigan.

"The Public Administration degree allowed me to pursue leadership opportunities in my community, which opened many doors for my future career."
—Karen Schneider, Director of Early Childhood and Parenting Programs, Mecosta/Osceola Intermediate School District.

"The professors developed bonds and worked closely with me. They not only set aside time to meet and answer questions but they displayed interest in my goals.  The program gave me the confidence to succeed."
—Tyrone Mitchell, Officer, U.S. Custom Service.

More Information

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

Political Science: Ferris State University Catalog