Why Choose Political Science?

Public Administration program


  • To become a meaningful decision-maker, improving a local community in a city, township or county government.
  • To enter the growth area of non-profit organizations - more than 45,000 in Michigan
  • To have a major field of study that prepares you for law school. 
  • To gain a broad background, increasing your career and graduate school options.


A career in the profession of political Science will take you into government, non-profit organizations, education, the law, and just about any position where administrators are needed. If you are a 'people person' and enjoy the challenge of solving problems, then a public administration career is for you. Public administrators turn out to be leaders who serve their community's needs and are responsible for the proper use of the taxpayers' money.


Big Rapids City Commission

Why Ferris?

  • Small classes that average 15 students, providing ample individual attention. 
  • Relevant upper-division courses in land-use planning, grant writing, budgeting, human resources and geographical information systems (GIS).
  • A 15-credit specialization in such areas as legal studies, public relations, communication, criminal justice, social work and more.
  • Valuable internship opportunities in Washington, D.C.; Lansing; with city, township or county government; in law offices or with court systems, etc.





Student Testimonials


Adam Umbrases


'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.

Learn more about this program on the Political Science Program Catalog Page.


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