About Us

Mission and Vision

Mission – Political Science Department

The mission of the Department of Political Science is to prepare students for citizenship, post-baccalaureate education and professional careers through a wide range of course offerings, advising, internships, and experience in local, state, national and international contexts.

Vision – Political Science Department

The Department of Political Science is committed to setting a standard of excellence in the undergraduate study of Political Science. Students gain comprehensive knowledge of American and global governance and politics through coursework in American politics, political theory, comparative politics and international relations. We prepare students to be well-informed citizens and to make meaningful contributions to local, state, national, and international communities. We foster a diverse community engaged in inquiry, expression, and rigorous scholarship.

Mission – International Relations Program

The mission of the International Relations Program, an interdisciplinary program housed in the Department of Political Science, is to prepare students for citizenship, post-baccalaureate education, and professional careers through interdisciplinary coursework in international relations, advising, and participation in internships, with an emphasis on study abroad and other international experiences.

Vision – International Relations Program

We are committed to setting a standard of excellence in the interdisciplinary undergraduate study of International Relations, including the geography, history, economics, languages and politics of global interactions. International Relations students gain comprehensive knowledge of the complex economic, social, cultural and political relationships among citizens, societies, states and international institutions. Students attain both theoretical and experiential knowledge of International Relations and critical analytic skills through study on campus and, in most cases, study abroad. We prepare students to be well-informed citizens and to make meaningful contributions to the increasingly globalized world. We foster a diverse international community engaged in inquiry, expression, and rigorous scholarship.

Spotlights

Erin (Meteer) Hendges

Erin (Meteer) Hendges

Campaign Fundraiser Founds Consulting Firm

Megan Koops Fisher

Megan Koops Fisher

Community Outreach Program Manager for Ready for School

Toby Hutchins

Toby Hutchins

Student Wins School Board Seat

Shaun Brodie

Shaun Brodie

Attorney for Social Security Administration

Adam Hukkula

Adam Hukkula

First-year Student Interns for MI House Democrats

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Values

Values – Political Science and International Relations

In the Department of Political Science and the International Relations Program at Grand Valley State University, we strive toward acquiring and utilizing knowledge of Political Science and International Relations in a setting of academic freedom, methodological and theoretical pluralism, while encouraging disciplinary and interdisciplinary collaboration.

  • We value excellence in education facilitated through
    • Active student-teacher engagement and academic achievement in a rigorous and challenging course of study that emphasizes the development of critical and analytical thinking and writing.
    • Student exposure to a variety of theoretical and political perspectives for the purpose of enhancing critical and analytical thinking and writing skills.
    • A comprehensive coverage of the disciplines and access to a wide variety of upper-level courses.
    • Emphasis on internships, co-curricular and civic education opportunities in our local, state, national and global communities.
  • Excellence in faculty scholarship.
  • Service to the discipline, unit, college, university and community.
  • Student development as well-informed, global citizens in a democratic society.

News

The Washington Center in the Lanthorn

The Washington Center in the Lanthorn

February 19, 2015

The Lanthorn recently published an article about internship opportunities at the Washington Center

Human Rights Minor Being Developed

Human Rights Minor Being Developed

February 18, 2015

GVSU Student Senate supports developing a Human Rights minor.

University Outstanding Teacher Award

University Outstanding Teacher Award

February 12, 2015

Darren Walhof, Professor of Political Science, was awarded the University Outstanding Teacher Award at the Faculty Awards Convocation.

Outstanding Community Service Award

Outstanding Community Service Award

February 12, 2015

Yi Zhao, Associate Professor of Political Science, was awarded the Outstanding Community Service Award at the Faculty Awards Convocation.

Prof. Schlewitz on US-Cuba Relations

Prof. Schlewitz on US-Cuba Relations

January 05, 2015

Prof. Schlewitz discusses normalization of US-Cuba ties.

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Events

Great Decisions Discussion Series

Great Decisions Discussion Series

March 2, 2015 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM

Organized by the West Michigan World Affairs Council. All Discussions will be held at: Aquinas College Performing Arts Center 1607 Robinson Road SE Grand Rapids, MI  49506 Check out...

Great Decisions Discussion Series

Great Decisions Discussion Series

March 9, 2015 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM

Organized by the West Michigan World Affairs Council. All Discussions will be held at: Aquinas College Performing Arts Center 1607 Robinson Road SE Grand Rapids, MI  49506 Check out...

Great Decisions Discussion Series

Great Decisions Discussion Series

March 16, 2015 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM

Organized by the West Michigan World Affairs Council. All Discussions will be held at: Aquinas College Performing Arts Center 1607 Robinson Road SE Grand Rapids, MI  49506 Check out...

Great Decisions Discussion Series

Great Decisions Discussion Series

March 23, 2015 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM

Organized by the West Michigan World Affairs Council. All Discussions will be held at: Aquinas College Performing Arts Center 1607 Robinson Road SE Grand Rapids, MI  49506 Check out...

Great Decisions Discussion Series

Great Decisions Discussion Series

March 30, 2015 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM

Organized by the West Michigan World Affairs Council. All Discussions will be held at: Aquinas College Performing Arts Center 1607 Robinson Road SE Grand Rapids, MI  49506 Check out...

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