Grand Valley 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.

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

Events

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News

Zac Thiel Wins PLS/IR Outstanding Paper Award

Zac Thiel Wins PLS/IR Outstanding Paper Award

April 14, 2016

Zac Thiel's paper, "Exploring the Causes of Inequality in Developed Countries" has been selected as the Outstanding Paper written in 2015.

Spring/Summer Courses 2016

Spring/Summer Courses 2016

March 16, 2016

Check out the courses offered for this Spring and Summer!

Professor King Answers: GOP Strategy & Democratic Turnout Rates

Professor King Answers: GOP Strategy & Democratic Turnout Rates

February 23, 2016

Professor King answers looming questions about the GOP strategy and Democratic turnout rates.

The Heir Apparent Presidency

The Heir Apparent Presidency

February 22, 2016

The Political Science Department is pleased to announce the publication of Professor Donald Zinman's book: The Heir Apparent Presidency

Professor Erika King Evaluates Primary Results

Professor Erika King Evaluates Primary Results

February 11, 2016

In an interview, Political Science professor Erika King discusses the New Hampshire primary results

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Spotlights

Emily Brown

Emily Brown

Master's Student Working for State Department

Patrick Miller

Patrick Miller

Teaching at United States Military Academy

Megan Koops Fisher

Megan Koops Fisher

Community Outreach Program Manager for Ready for School

Kristen Zeiter

Kristen Zeiter

Selected as UN Delegate

Mike Kolehouse

Mike Kolehouse

Political Organizer Founds Consulting Firm

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