There is a wide range of
opportunities for students to get involved in political science both
on and off campus.
- Pi Sigma Alpha is
a national political science honor society.
Club is a student-led group that is very active in
preparing students for careers in the law. It is open to all students
with an interest, casual or serious, in law or in pursuing a legal
United Nations is an annual event organized
and run exclusively by Hope College students, who
prepare and lead hundreds of
high school "delegates" in dealing with
issues of foreign policy. Hope's MUN conference
celebrated its 40th year in 2012 and is one of
the largest simulations in Michigan.
collaborative research is
offered during each semester and the summer. Many students will work
such as: papers that will be presented at such events as the annual
American Political Science Association conference; research for professors
writing a grant proposal or a mass-publication book; and tasks relating
to the administration of the department.
Awards are given each year to promising students.
- Local internships are available for course credit
in a wide range of fields.
- The Hope Democrats and Hope Republicans are
student-led groups for political activism and campaign work.
During the 2012
elections, the groups coordinated campus
visits by Senator Rick Santorum and Republican Presidential candidate
Mitt Romney and his wife. Also, the groups
participatory in local campaign work, and involved in several debates.
- The Washington Honors
- A spring semester program in the nation's capital led by a Political
Science professor for approximately 20 students from all majors. This
offers valuable internship experience and is Hope's premier
off-campus study program.
- Study Abroad -
study programs provide unique firsthand experiences with politics
around the globe.