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Student Opportunities

There is a wide range of opportunities for students to get involved in political science both on and off campus.

On Campus

  • Pi Sigma Alpha is a national political science honor society.

  • Pre-Law 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 career.

  • Model 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.

  • Student-faculty collaborative research is offered during each semester and the summer. Many students will work on projects 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.

  • Departmental 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 were active in voter registration, participatory in local campaign work, and involved in several debates.

Off Campus

  • The Washington Honors Semester - A spring semester program in the nation's capital led by a Political Science professor for approximately 20 students from all majors. This distinguished program offers valuable internship experience and is Hope's premier off-campus study program.

  • Study Abroad - Many international study programs provide unique firsthand experiences with politics around the globe.