Grand Valley Political Science Department

Welcome to the GVSU Political Science department.
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Why GVSU Political Science?

Faculty

  • Our courses are taught by professors, not graduate students.
  • The department is staffed with PhDs from top graduate programs.
  • Our focus is undergraduate education.
  • Multiple professors have won awards for their teaching.
  • Professors are published experts in their subfields.

Skill Development

  • Small class sizes enable skill development:
    • Critical thinking
    • Research
    • Data analysis
    • Digital literacy
    • Writing
    • Oral communication
  • Many classes feature debates, simulations and real-world problem solving.
  • Study abroad and improve your cross-cultural communication and problem-solving skills.

Spotlights

Amanda Fortino

Amanda Fortino

Major Gifts Officer for Farm Sanctuary

Rebekah Bailey

Rebekah Bailey

Attorney for State and Federal Employment Law

Thomas Bell

Thomas Bell

Higher Education Consultant

Andrew Wilson

Andrew Wilson

Pursuing PhD and Studying Medicare Policy

Ryan Meyer

Ryan Meyer

Earning Master's of Public Policy at Georgetown University

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Flexible Programs

  • Majors choose from a wide range of courses.
  • Choice of BA (language) or BS (statistics and research methods).
  • 36 credit, flexible major enables students to pursue double major if they prefer.
  • Minor options: general political science and a teachable minor for education.
  • We offer many courses for General Education.

Internships

  • Internships available locally, in Lansing, and throughout the state
  • Internships available in DC through our affiliation with the Washington Center

Careers or Graduate School

  • Many career options
  • Excellent preparation for a wide range of graduate programs
 

News

Research Student Position at GVSU's Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy

Research Student Position at GVSU's Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy

October 07, 2014

The Johnson Center for Philanthropy is seeking an undergraduate or graduate student to assist in its community-based research and evaluation projects.

Myott ('09) Represents Couple in Gay Marriage Suit

Myott ('09) Represents Couple in Gay Marriage Suit

June 25, 2014

Attorney Stephanie Myott ('09) recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of her clients who want the State of Michigan to recognize their out-of-state marriage

GVSU Team Wins World Quest 2014

GVSU Team Wins World Quest 2014

May 09, 2014

PIC Corp Team wins the 2014 World Quest competition hosted by the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan

PLS 339 Comparative Democratization

PLS 339 Comparative Democratization

May 07, 2014

PLS 339 offered this fall semester, Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:30-5:45 p.m.

PLS Students Present at Student Scholars Day 2014

PLS Students Present at Student Scholars Day 2014

May 07, 2014

Samuel Hannah, Marc Plooster, and Marissa Swartz participate in Student Scholars Day

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Events

Undergraduate Research Opportunity in Comparative Philanthropy

Undergraduate Research Opportunity in Comparative Philanthropy

November 1, 2014 All Day

Join Dr. Michelle Miller-Adams (Associate Professor, Political Science), recipient of GVSU’s Mawby Fellowship for 2014-15, in a project comparing the philanthropic cultures of Grand Rapids and...

Free LSAT Practice

Free LSAT Practice

November 1, 2014 10:00 AM - 1:00 AM

Kaplan is hosting a Free LSAT Practice Test Here's the link where student can sign up:http://bit.ly/TheGoodLifeStartsHereWestMI They can also visit: www.kaptest/practice  Date:...

Election Night Watch Party

Election Night Watch Party

November 4, 2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Election Night Watch Party Tuesday, Nov. 4 7-9 p.m., Mary I. Pew Library Multipurpose room (LIB 030)   Join fellow Political Science and International Relations students to watch the results...

People's Law School

People's Law School

November 5, 2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

People's Law School will be hosted by Sinas Dramis law firm for the first time ever in Grand Rapids. People's Law School is a 5 week program consisting of 5 classes that will...

UDM Law

UDM Law

November 6, 2014 11:30 AM

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law will be visiting GVSU Allendale and Pew Campuses Thursday, November 6, 2014 Kirkof Center from 11:30am-2:00pm DeVos Center Building C from 4:00pm-7:00pm Learn...

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